For those of you not used to the testing process, it does work. If you are all for the safety and integrity of the game, there should be no reason against this. The best enforcer of the testing program are the players on the field. When testing started at the state level there were around 225 bats that failed at ASA of PA Advanced Play Championships (all levels of men's slow pitch combined). Last year there were just over 20. It works. The altered bats have no place in our game. As with any other policy change there are things to iron out with the process. Most people whom do not work with the testing policy are indeed protecting someone on their team. That is only my opinion from the years of experience doing this. In the last 4 years, Southeastern PA has had a major problem with altered bats and have been very proactive. Last week, I tested ther Platinum bracket of the Millenium Early Bird. 4 bats failed. If a bat fails in 30-degree weather, it is incredibly soft to begin with and is going to hurt someone in 60-80 degree weather. I do agree we willl not catch all offenders, but random testing will catch many throughout the year. Eventually these will be weeded out completely.
As a player rep, I am all for the integrity of the game AND the feeling of the players. Majority of players in ASA now want these bats tested so it can return to just a good Sunday afternoon experience. For any bats that need to be tested throughout the year, I have told Joe I will make myself available easily. Or you can always come to the WC complex where I can be found many nights.
Thank you for the feedback and good luck this season