TO: All TASO Baseball Members To access the Online Test go to www.taso.org click, Members Login, your User Name is your TASO ID number and enter your password. On your welcome page (below the calendar) click the test link for Baseball Rules Test 2017 Once you complete the baseball test, the results are immediately available to you and you may review each test you have taken. The TASO Baseball Test may be taken 20 times. Please any problems or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
TO: All TASO Baseball Members It has been brought to the attention of several board members concerning the 3 & 4 Umpire Mechanics from the presentation made at the Baseball State Meeting. TASO-Baseball is not changing to college (CCA) mechanics. We are using the TASO Baseball Mechanics, with the revisions made in 2015, for all umpire configurations (2, 3, and 4 umpires). All instruction on umpire mechanics by chapter clinicians are to follow the TASO-Baseball Mechanics Manual, as revised. There is no requirement or need for any TASO member to purchase or study the CCA manual regarding baseball mechanics. If you have any questions please contact your District Director. Thank you very much and have a great season! John Schale, President TASO - Baseball Division email@example.com
The use of highly polished reflective batting helmet is illegal even though the helmet meets NOCSAE performance standards for a batting helmet. Use the Federation ruling below for justification.
SITUATION 22: R1 leads off the inning wearing a highly polished reflective batting helmet. The opposing coach inquires as to the legality of R1 wearing such a helmet as it would be distracting to his pitcher and the infielders. R1 and his coach explain that, a) the helmet meets the current NOCSAE performance standard for batting helmets; b) there is no rule prohibiting such product for use; and c) the player has a right to own and use the helmet when there is no rule preventing such use. RULING: The umpire explains that the use of such helmet presents a risk minimization issue for the team playing defense. The bright reflection of the sun off the helmet poses a dangerous situation for the defense. In a) and b), the fact that the helmet meets the NOCSAE performance standard for batting helmets is admirable and is compliant to NOCSAE standards; unfortunately, it is judged by the umpire to be unreasonably dangerous and is illegal for use. There are several rules references prohibiting the use of such equipment. (1-5-9,10) Regarding c), the player does have the right to own and use the helmet, just not for high school baseball competition. COMMENT: If the offensive team would like to use the batting helmet, it could make it less reflective by adding dull/matte black tape over the helmet in order to meet the intent of the rule.
Jay Evans, TASO Baseball Rules Interpreter
TO: All TASO Beaumont Baseball Officials
You may have come across the Baden Avenger Axe model bat this year. This bat has what is called an ax handle. As you can see in the picture this bat does not conform completely to 1-3-2b #1. However, the National Federation HAS approved these bats for use. The bats are LEGAL for use as long as they are BBCOR certified.