The folowing rules apply for ALL BAT COMPRESSION TESTING:
In 2017, bats will be tested following the same procedures as in 2015. If the middle rule is invoked or if any additional over-the-fence home runs are hit OVER the allowed limit, the bat involved will be pulled by the umpire and given to the Tournament Director to be tested. In addition, at parks using the “bucket” system, the Tournament Director has the right to make random bat checks of any bat being used in a game at any time.
With all the new bats being used, the new standard for a bat ‘failing’ a compression test is now at 220 or below. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure that the bat you swing is a LEGAL and an APPROVED bat for USSSA play. All bats being tested that fail will be documented by the make and model of the bat, as well as the owner/user of the bat. If a bat fails the compression test, the player has the following three (3) options:
1.) The player/owner will give permission to have the bat destroyed. If the bat is determined to be altered after it has been cut, the player/owner will receive a one (1) year suspension from all USSSA activity both league and tournament play.
2.) The player/owner will give permission to have the bat sent to the manufacturer. The player/owner will supply the bat’s warranty and $10.00 to cover postage within 7 days for further testing or the bat will be destroyed. If the bat comes back altered, the player/owner will be suspended for two (2) years from all USSSA activity, both league and tournament play. If the bat is determined not to be altered, the bat will either be given back to the player/owner or a replacement bat may be provided by the manufacturer. The bat in question will not be allowed in any USSSA sanctioned event ever again. If the bat is found to be used again in a future USSSA sanctioned event, a two (2) year suspension will be given.
3.) If a bat passes the compression test but shows cracks and/or the decals are worn and can no longer be read, the bat will be documented and will not be allowed to be used in any USSSA activity both league and tournament play. If the bat is found to be used again in the future, the player/owner will face an immediate suspension of one (1) year.
If a player/owner of a bat for any reason refuses to give his bat to a USSSA official for testing, the player/owner will immediately be given a two (2) year suspension from all USSSA activity both league and tournament play.