Published on 05-01-2013 10:13 AM
Bats will be requested for testing when:
1) Starting Jan 1 2013 all batís used for USSSA tournament play must have the new USSSA bat logo (see above).
2) In the umpireís opinion, any player that is hit by an un-defendable batted ball.
3) If an umpire is hit by an un-defendable batted ball.
4) An opposing manager notifies an Umpire he wants to pay the $25 Protest Fee to have a bat tested. (Procedures for the bat protest are detailed below).
5) Any USSSA director or umpire can ask to test a bat for any reason at any time.
What happens next?
1) The owner/user of a bat that has hit a player/umpire, will be asked to relinquish the bat for testing. If the owner/user refuses, he will receive an automatic suspension determined by the State/tournament directorís judgment (up to 2 years) from USSSA play, with no right to appeal.
2) If the owner/user agrees for it to be tested, it will be sent into the office for the compression test.
3) If the bat passes, it will be returned to the player imVideostely. (NOTE: If the bat was protested by the opposing team and it passes, it will be returned imVideostely)
4) If the bat fails SLIGHTLY, it will be held until the owner/user participating in the tournament comes to see the tournament director or State director. The bat will be recorded by taking a picture of it and the serial number will be recorded. The owner/user will be warned never to use it again in any USSSA play.
5) If a player is injured with an un-defendable batted ball and the bat fails SIGNIFICANTLY, the owner/user will be out of the game, you will be required to give up the bat to be sent out to the manufacture for testing. If you refuse, you will be subject to a suspension for a mandatory period of 2 years from all USSSA play with no right to appeal.
Bat compression test:
Anyone can have their bat tested at any time Monday-Friday 12:00pm to 9:00pm and all day Saturday and Sunday to see if it is in compliance with USSSA compression standards. There is no risk of suspension but if the bat fails it will be recorded into the database by taking a picture and recording the serial number. You will then be warned never to us it in any USSSA play again. If the bat is ever sent in for testing or has ever hit a pitcher the owner/user will be suspended for an automatic 2 years with no appeal.