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Bat Policy


 

Houston Sportsplex Altered or Illegal Bat Policy

Effective: January 21, 2008

If Houston Sportsplex (referred to herein as “HSP”), an umpire or any player, feels that an “altered” or “illegal” bat (as defined in accordance with the applicable softball governing body) is being used, HSP has the right to inspect the bat.  If HSP feels that further inspection or testing is needed, HSP also has the right to confiscate the bat and the bat will be returned once such further inspection and testing has been completed.  If it is determined that the bat has been altered or is illegal, HSP has the right, in its sole discretion, to either suspend the offending player, the bat owner or the whole team from playing at HSP, in either league play and/or tournaments, for whatever time period HSP deems appropriate.  If a suspected offending player or bat owner does not allow HSP to confiscate the bat, then HSP will also have the right, in its sole discretion, to either suspend the offending player or the whole team from playing at HSP, in either league play and/or tournaments, for whatever time period HSP deems appropriate. 

The responsibility for knowing whether a bat is altered is that of the user and the owner of the bat.  If an individual uses an altered or illegal bat at HSP’s facility, the punishment/suspension will be imposed without regard to what the individual knew about the bat being altered.  An individual must know that his bat is not an altered bat, if he uses it at HSP’s facility.  If not, the individual can be suspended.  The fact that the individual did not know that the bat was altered is not a factor in imposing the suspension. The question is only whether the bat is altered or not.

In addition to the rules and policies of the governing sanctioning bodies, altered bats are bats, which (1) had the surface of the barrel or the taper changed in any way such as by sandpapering or applying a solvent to the surface such as fingernail polish remover or by any other means, (2) had the plug removed/replaced or changed in any way, (3) had the knob removed/replaced or changed in any way, (4) had anything removed or added to the inside or outside of the bat other than tape at the handle or knob, (5) are subjected to pressure in any manner that exceeds that of striking the bat again an approved ball traveling at game like speeds and such excessive presume would include, but is not limited to, any compression, rolling, placing in a vice, or hitting a stationary object such as a pole. 

Cracked, worn (paint/lettering wear is not a problem so long as the bat can be identified and has the appropriate BPF marking, but any wearing of the bat material or identifying paint or BPF wear will be cause for removal) or damaged bats are not altered bats, but will also be subject to removal from play by HSP or the umpires.  Such cracked, worn or damaged bats will not result in a player suspension, unless the player or team returns the offending bat into play after it has been removed or the bat is also altered.

HSP is intent and serious on eliminating altered and illegal bats from its facilities.  If you do not like this policy, then please play at another facility.