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Discussion: Illegal tournament bat

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June 24

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Just finished a tournament in Hemet. Trying to get feedback on why a bat that we use in league play (not considered a hot bat and not stamped 1.20 or 1.21) is illegal? To me it is a “lesser bat”and has ASA/USA stamp just not a hot bat designation. Why would it not be listed and okay to use? Our player was unaware it was illegal and after his hit and arriving at first base, was then called out by the umpire who noticed it didn’t have the proper stamp.

June 24
Men's 70
4368 posts
It's easier when you ask the question, then answer it for us ... Like you just did ... The reason your bat is not legal for SSUSA play is that it's NOT stamped 1.20/1.21 and does NOT have the current NTS Certified stamp of testing compliance ... ASA/USA bat testing is now done with a different bat/ball combination than testing for the SSUSA bat/ball combo ... Testing the ASA/USA bat with the SSUSA ball specification yields non-compliant test results, non-compliant as being too "hot" ... The umpire made the correct call, on a safety theory, to remove your bat from play in an SSUSA sanctioned event ... We appreciate your presumed cooperation ...

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