Major Injury Procedure

What should the umpires do if a game participant suffers a significant injury? This question arose at one of our Annual Meetings.

The Training Staff asked Dee Abrahamson, who at the time was the NCAA Softball Rules Editor, this question.
Her answer: Back in the days of the “Wild West” when we did not have the bat list, bat testing etc. this is what umpires wanted to do to cover themselves legally. We/you had no idea how safe the bat was being used at any particular time.
With all the bat testing protocols now and hopefully ridding ourselves of dangerous bats, we don’t feel it is the umpires’ legal responsibility to confiscate bats and balls. You need to leave this to game management. I would advise making sure that bat was on their original list. If you are at a site that does bat testing, make sure it is a “stickered bat”.
Umpires are the ones that adjudicate the game on the field. Let game management handle these types of issues.

This information was confirmed by the new NCAA Softball Rules Editor, Vickie Van Kleeck, in an exchange of emails in February 2016:

“We don’t feel it is the umpires’ legal responsibility to confiscate bats and balls. You need to leave this to game management. I would advise making sure that bat was on their original list. If you are at a site that does bat testing, make sure it is a ‘stickered bat’.”