Bat Policy

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Softball World Umpires and Staff reserve the right to question, inspect, ask to put away or remove any bat deemed suspicious of being altered or tampered with. It is imperative to understand that it is not the responsibility of a SBW Umpire or Park Manager to prove that a bat is altered/tampered with. He/she only needs suspicion to ask for a bat to be removed for further inspection.

The following policy will be enforced at Softball World:

  • An Umpire or Park Manager may ask a player to inspect his/her bat. If that Umpire or Park Manager feels in his/her opinion that the bat may be altered/tampered with, that bat will be removed from the game for further inspection. A decision to either send the bat off to the manufacturer for testing or to return to the owner will be made on the next business day. If the player refuses to turn over the bat, that player will be asked to leave the park immediately and will receive a minimum of a one year suspension.
  • If at anytime during a game the pitcher is "Crushed" by a line drive directly hit in the frame work of his body with little to no time for reaction, that bat will be removed for the duration of that tournament or league night. This does not apply to any ball that hits the ground first or if the pitcher steps in any direction to attempt to field it. A decision to either send the bat off to the manufacturer for testing or to return to the owner will be made on the next business day. If there is any refusal to turn over the bat, that player will be asked to leave the park immediately and will receive a minimum of a one year suspension.

This policy will be enforced for the safety of the players, coaches and umpires at Softball World.