Originally Posted by apollo2232
At my OHSAA state rules meeting for umpiring we went over rule 1-5-2c, which states that the taper of the bat "Shall have a smooth, solid surface and shall have a conical shape." I specifically asked the rules interpreter who was in charge of our meeting about the "Demarini Vendetta" bat with the Rails Technology, do to the fact that it has four flat sides, but still has rounded corners, making it almost a mix between conical and square. It has the proper ASA stamp, but due to the new rule, may be a banned bat. He told me that the bat was illegal, and I immediately cancelled my order on the bat that I had ordered for our varsity team.
Now I see the bat being used by a number of teams, and I want to know if the bat really is illegal, or if the rules interpreter was wrong. Any thoughts?
The conical shape they are referring to is the portion of the bat that transitions from the barrel area to the handle portion. The Vendetta is on the approved bat list.