First I should point out that Joe had listed the wrong dates for the testing. They should be 4/1, 4/8 and 4/15.
So that means a max of two weeks without tested bats.
As for teams who will doctor them AFTER testing, they do so at their own peril.
There will be random testing in-season and mandatory re-testing pre-playoffs.
As for bats purchased after 4/15, they will need to be tested in West Chester prior to being used in league play.
Is there a perfect system? No. Guys will always try to circumvent rules. However, the harder we make it for them to do so, the more likely it is that teams don't cheat.
It's more a deterrent than anything else. Also, guys going out of their way to circumvent these rules who get caught will be punished even harder via suspensions, so they should think twice about doing so.
Yes, this is just Sunday Softball and not a professional league, but that is all the more reason we need to take these steps to protect our players who play for recreation.
You may only hit the ball 150 feet so shaved bats don't help you, but last I checked you are also a pitcher and I'm sure you wouldn't want a ball coming at you 20 MPH faster than it should.
Heaven forbid you got hurt by a line drive using an illegal bat, but I would bet you would want action taken against the player who cheated by having that bat shaved.
As for things being too regimented - we can't clean up our game without requiring a bit more accountability on the part of our teams and coaches.
There's a reason we have such a long waiting list of teams trying to get in to a 62-team league - it's because of how we do things here. And that's not going to change any time soon.