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Discussion: Bat Tapers

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March 30, 2006
Stones 1B
Men's 55
52 posts
Bat Tapers
As far as bat tapers or tape to build up the knob area...if I am not mistaken the rule is that the taper/tape can be no more than 1/4" from the end of the knob.
The endof the knob to the taper/tape needs to be at least 1/4". It's in the ASA rule book under Altered Bats...Good Luck
March 30, 2006
Gary Heifner
248 posts
Good point. However, I don't think there are really a whole bunch of people on this site who really give a rip about anything the ASA says or does. I know hundreds of senior players all of whom no longer play in any ASA events. ASA done wonders in helping the SSWC and SPA grow.
March 31, 2006
Men's 55
36 posts
GH: Your are right but isn't it spelled like this? A$$ociation, that's all they care about. Not the players.
April 3, 2006
238 posts
I believe the reason for the rule was to prevent altering a bat by extending the bat and covering up the seam. I don't think this is an issue any more.

As far as I'm concerned, let the players tape the end to their own comfort.
April 4, 2006
8 posts
I was wondering if SPA make you remove the tape. I tape the knob for grip because of my hands. I don't cheat and will remove the tape if needed. It's no big deal to me but I do like the comfort the tape when dropping my little finger over the end of the bat.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
April 4, 2006
96 posts
I believe in last months "Seniors Magazine" there was a section about taping on the handel, only a quarter inch to the handel or half inch...THAT'S IT...
Someone help me on this one to help this guy. I like the knob myself, helps me!
April 4, 2006
Men's 65
25 posts
No more than two times around the handle (ASA)
April 4, 2006
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
I'm not certain what is meant by 'no more than a 1/4 " from the knob' but I do understand 'only two times around the handle'. I guess my real question is why we even worry about this element when bats are being shaved and end-loaded and are seeing their way into tournament games. If someone rips the rubber grip off his/her bat and replaces it with 3 (or 6 layers of tape)... why is this an issue? It isn't as thick as the Easton cone grip. Is 3 layers of tape thicker than the original rubber grip? I apparently need some guidance here... but be gentle.
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