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July 24, 2016
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

TD/organizations have the option to supply bats for the tourney and sell them afterwards. Or SSUSA could get the testers for the big tournaments and reject the bats that fail testing. No sticker=no use.
Oct. 1, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Legal bat for play?

If the bat is USSSA approved it will have the USSSA thumbprint stamp that says 1.20BPF in it. Thus, should be legal.
Sept. 18, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous

If you don't have a pitcher who can control what side of the plate he is pitching to, playing a strong-side 5-man can be a wasted effort. Hanging an outside pitch to be pushed off-field puts you at a disadvantage as you will normally sacrifice for space on the hitter's weak side.
July 23, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

@TexasTransplant and @DCPete

You may want to have a look at the Z3000 again. or for that matter, any bat with the USSSA thumbprint stamp on it.

The USSSA stamp says 1.20BPF right in the stamp. Big bold letters. Bat also says "Official Softball" on the opposite side of the barrel from the model number.

Does that cover it?

May 18, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Thanks to all for the clarification. :)
May 18, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Sorry, I just realized my error. The front of the batter's box isn't necessarily parallel with the front of the plate.

However, I cannot find a rule that specifies the location of the plate/mat vs the batter's box? Have I overlooked it?
May 18, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Okay, sorry if this gets misconstrued as being inflammatory, but it has been bugging me since last year and I decided to look into it.

Going off the official rulebook (excerpted below), I'll summarize from a batter's perspective:

A legal pitch of which any part of the ball lands on the mat is considered a strike. The mat is 19*35.5 inches starting at the front of the plate, which is also parallel with the front of the batter's box

The batter is considered out if he hits a ball (fair OR foul) with either of his feet outside of the batter's box.

Then it would be fair to say, that if a pitcher throws a pitch of 6'arc which lands on the very front of the plate, it would be parallel with the front foot of the batter when it lands on the ground.

Unless the batter is using a golf swing, how does he/she hit a ball that's going to hit the ground directly parallel to his front foot?

I can understand having to start your at-bat with both feet inside the box, but trying to hit an outside pitch at the front edge of the mat with both feet still in the box...

The batter's box is the 3-foot by 7-foot area to which the batter is restricted. The
lines are considered as being within the batter's box. At least some portion of
both feet of the batter must be on the line or within the batter’s box. (See §7.3)

A. The batter must have at least some portion of both feet on or inside the
lines of the batter's box at the start of the pitch. A batter who steps out of
the batter’s box at any time during the pitch and then hits the ball, fair
or foul, shall be called out. Steps out means touching the ground
completely outside of the lines of the batter’s box. (See §1.5)

A strike zone mat will be used. Legal pitches striking any portion of the mat will be strikes

A strike zone mat will be used. The rectangular mat will be 19" (48.26 cm) wide
and 34½” (87.63 cm) in length. The mat shall be made of rubber or other
suitable material. The mat is placed over home plate and be aligned with the
front edge of home plate. DEFENSE: A defensive player making a play at
Home plate will be allowed to complete the play by touching any portion of the
strike mat. If, during the play, the mat is dislodged, the defensive player shall
touch home plate, rather than the strike zone mat.
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