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Old Fri May 21, 2010, 08:39am
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Talking Checking equipment

I go into the dugouts and check equipment. I pick up the bats and do a visual inspection for cracks, dents or obvious sign on altering.

I pick up the helmets and look for cracks, missing padding or alterations.

I Check the F2 mask for missing/loose parts.

During my officiating career I have officiated five high school sports as a licensed official. I have always followed the check off rules for equipment. Although I will admit to having slipped up and forgot to when we were running late a time or two.

I have officiated “select” teams in four sports and have been involved in two lawsuits because of player injuries.

Every year in High School baseball/softball I find illegal/damaged equipment. In the last 20 years I have found altered equipment twice in non-high school sports.

This year I found more than a dozen bats and 7 or 8 helmets and 2 F2 masks that were non-playable for baseball or softball.

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Old Fri May 21, 2010, 08:42am
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Something none of us want to be perceived as.

Welcome to the board, Mary Ellen!
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Old Fri May 21, 2010, 05:59pm
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something none of us want to be perceived as.

Welcome to the board, mary ellen!
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Old Fri May 21, 2010, 06:03pm
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I have tried to throw away bad helmets but coaches complain and say they are for batting practice. Anyway they can come to the plate with anything tey want anyhow so much for checking!
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Old Fri May 21, 2010, 06:45pm
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I have tried to throw away bad helmets but coaches complain and say they are for batting practice. Anyway they can come to the plate with anything tey want anyhow so much for checking!
I don't throw them away, I throw them out of the game.

And why would you let them come to the plate with anything they want?
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Old Mon May 24, 2010, 09:58am
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Final followup:

The team in the OP made it to the district championship, and I had the plate. I didn't see (or hear) the bat then entire game. The head coach did half-jokingly say as I walked in to his team to make sure everybody was using legal equipment. I just smiled as I walked in....let him get in his little dig until it was time to get down to business. They lost 8-5.
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