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Discussion: Carrying bat

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Sept. 15, 2017
J R
250 posts
Carrying bat
Where can I find the rule covering carrying bat to 1st base
Sept. 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3516 posts
J R ... Best places to search would be the Rule Books of other associations ... In SSUSA sanctioned play, there is NO PROHIBITION against carrying your bat after putting the ball in play ... Any umpire who may rule otherwise has made a mistake that, hopefully, would be overturned upon appeal to the tournament director ...
Sept. 16, 2017
J R
250 posts
Thanks Dave .I will print this and show hard headed umpire.Was in our league.We use SSUSA rule book. Jack from Texas
Sept. 16, 2017
marcster13
99 posts
In my opinion anyone who carries the bat to first base or any other base should stop playing softball. You learned as a child not to do so because it's not safe. That person is purposely putting other people's safety at risk unnecessarily. If he won't stop playing or carrying the bat on his own then he should be banned or black listed.
Sept. 16, 2017
B.J.
904 posts
I think it's a non issue I haven't seen it happen in years and then only when they played everyone must touch 1 on a HR
Sept. 17, 2017
r4pitch
83 posts
I agree with marcster13 If you carry a bat to 1st base you should be out. Ejected from game would be good too.. No reason to carry bat. Why does SSUSA not have a rule against. Nothing good can come from carrying a bat...Reid Miller p team usa
Sept. 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3516 posts
Agreed, B.J. ... About the only other rare circumstance I've seen in 15± years as a tournament director is the batter who hits an easy one-bouncer back to the pitcher or a slow roller directly at the first baseman and trots down the line with bat in hand ... Never seen a guy trying to stretch a single into a double that way ... It's a total non-issue in my view ...
Sept. 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
1350 posts
I agree with Dave. I have also seen a guy trot down to first on an easy short fly ball, just going down there in case the outfielder drops the can of corn. I especially see this (and the slow infield hits) when the batter's dugout is on third base side and once put out he just turns and jogs back to the dugout with bat already in hand. A total non-issue for sure. And some guys want to eject him from the game!!! Or even black list him!!! WOW. What penalties do they have for the guy who deliberately hits middle...or uses an illegal bat...or unnecessarily slides into second spikes high. Life-time ban?! And what about the guy found to be using a glove 1/2 " too long—ejected from the tournament? Banned for the year?
Sept. 18, 2017
r4pitch
83 posts
That is not what was asked... Hemust have reached 1st base safely with the bat ..We are not talking one hope to pitch run afew steps ...If he carries the bat to 1st and is safe (why) do you still have bat...Should be out and in my eyes out of game ....No reason to get to 1st base with bat......REID
Sept. 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3516 posts
And it seemed like such a simple question! ... "Where can I find the rule covering carrying bat to 1st base" ... Question was asked and answered pretty concisely without the introduction of additional hypothetical facts ...
Sept. 18, 2017
Duke
Men's 65
898 posts
Dave, I can think of one more situation regarding carrying your bat. What is the penalty for hitting a home run and carrying your bat with you as you watch the ball go over the fence, then pick up your glove and take your bat with you to right field on defense? LOL!! Reading some of these responses is hilarious!!

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Sept. 18, 2017
Chief144
Men's 70
154 posts
While playing in St George a couple of years ago one of our players was called out for carrying the bat to 1st base! I tried to find out why/rule etc, but to no avail! But he wasn't thrown out or banned from playing in St George!
By the way, the umpire was one of SSUSA's umpires!!
Oh well! LOL!!
Sept. 18, 2017
r4pitch
83 posts
j.r. asked ? then got the answer..jr then came back with i will show this to the hard headed umpire in our league.So we all assume someone was called out for running with the bat to 1st ...I have seen it 2 times asa was called safe usssa called him out ....no one should have bat in hand and hit the bag with a play at 1st base...you can not defend running to 1st with a bat if there is a play
Sept. 18, 2017
2bornot2b
30 posts
Strange but true. A slow-running singles-only batter hit a ground ball that went through the shallow outfield. The 1st base coach yelled "Go. Go." With a surprised look our batter-runner slogged toward 2nd base. He looked toward 3rd with a big smile which disappeared when he saw the 3rd base coach waving him to 3rd base.

With a look that said, "You gotta be kiddin') he moseyed toward 3rd. He arrived well before the ball and hooted with joy. Then the ump, who was 3 feet from 3rd base, yelled "You're out!"

"What? Why?" we all asked. He said, "Look at your hand." Our runner looked and saw that he had carried his bat all the way to 3rd. "You had to drop the bat before you reached 1st base." (This was USSSA and that was their rule.)

It didn't end there. The next time this player batted he hit another ground ball through the infield but not through the outfield. As the batter-runner approached 1st base, the 1st base coach held up a sign, "Drop the bat!"
June 9, 2021
Rumplestilskin
7 posts
LOOK, SSUSA AND the major leagues, etc, etc, have NO rule mandating that a batter is out for carrying a bat to first base. PERIOD. This usually happens when a batter hits a ball he anticipates will be an easy out for the defense, but then the defenders make some bone headed play, allowing the batter to lollygag down the line and step on first base. Just happened today in our league. And, as for those who think the batter should be out, do not play any games governed by RULES. Your beliefs and opinions are irrelevant. And when you interject your idiotic opinions into games, it is always trouble, trouble, argument after argument. Either KNOW the rules or shut up. Too many people these days who "believe" rather than knowing anything. Games are governed by rules. Rules are rules.
June 9, 2021
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3516 posts
Isn't this a bit of a harsh reaction to a post from almost four years ago? ... Especially since we answered your VERY similar inquiry earlier this morning (see below) ... So, Rump, did someone in your league (maybe you?) get called out for not dropping their bat in time? ... We really can't control either Local League rule modifications OR the maverick "make-it-up-on-the-fly" umpire types ... Otherwise this is sounding a lot like a Shakespearean play: Much Ado About Nothing ...

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