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Central Connecticut Umpire Association
May 13, 2019, 12:10 p.m. (ET)
Region 1 I Brad Sanchez, USA Softball of Connecticut,has been umpiring for 20 years ago, has umpired in 13 National Slow Pitch Championships, was awarded the National Indicator Fraternity in 2012, became an Elite Umpire in 2014, and is now a Deputy UIC for USA Softball of Connecticut. Brad was elected into the Connecticut Hall of Fame for slow pitch in 2017. He had a passion for volunteering his time for Special Olympics early in his career; at the local and state level and was selected to the USA Special Olympics National Invitational games in Seattle, Washington. Pictured to Brad’s right are Beverly Funicelli (MD) and Randy Shepard (OH) in Seattle, Washington.
Rules Interpretation - Easton Ghost Gold Bat - Rules Interpretation
We have recently had 2 instances in CIAC varsity play where a player completed her time at bat and it was pointed out to the umpires by the defense that the player used the Easton Ghost gold bat. (before the next pitch)
In both cases the umpires ruled the batter out, nullified any play that happened and also ejected the player and coach. This is the correct ruling.
The use of the Ghost gold bat (that does not have either required ASA stamp on it) is deemed as using an unapproved bat. The player and coach will have to "sit out" their next games in accordance with CIAC protocol.
This has caused issues throughout the country. This is an official ruling based on information form NFHS. The Easton Ghost blue bat is legal in NFHS and CIAC play.
2019 Tournament Dates and Assignors Last updated 3/3/2019
USA Softball Background Check Home Page
As a USA umpire if you have any aspirations of participating in a USA Softball Regional (Out of State) or a National Tournament completing the Background check well in advance of the tournament date is recommended. Failure to complete the USA background check could delay any assignments.
1. Your Local Umpire Board Executive Staff can supply you with your Logon Credentials.
2. Cost is currently $ 11.00 and payable by a credit or debit card.
The link to the Background check webpage is: