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FAST PITCH FOREIGN SUBSTANCE
It has been brought to our attention that some umpires may not be allowing an approved drying agent by the pitcher in Junior Olympic Fast Pitch. Our rule for all Fast Pitch reads:
Rule 6A Section 6A: A defensive player shall not, at any time during the game, be allowed to use any foreign substance upon the ball, pitching hand or fingers. Under the supervision and control of the umpire, powder resin and/or an approved drying agent that is included on the list published by the ASA may be used by the pitcher. The resin must be left on the ground and the approved drying agent in the pitcher’s pocket. A pitcher who licks their fingers must wipe the fingers off before bringing them in contact with the ball.
Effect: Illegal pitch. After the first offense, if any defensive player continues to place a foreign substance on the ball, that player shall be ejected from the game. If any other substance is found in the pitcher’s pocket, the pitcher shall be ejected.
1 If the batter hits the ball and reaches first base safely, and if all other runners have advanced at least one base on the batted ball, the illegal pitch is nullified. All action as a result of the batted ball stands. No option is given. When a runner passes a base, the runner is considered to have touched that base. 2 Otherwise, the manager has the option to take the result of the play, or the illegal pitch is enforced by awarding a ball to the batter and advancing all runners one base. 3 If an illegal pitch hits the batter out of the strike
The only approved drying agent we have is listed on the Certified Equipment page on the ASA/USA website. Click on Foreign Substance and Protective Wraps and you will see the only approved drying agent is Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer. Pitchers are allowed to have the Gorilla Gold drying agent in their back pocket and used during the game to help keep their hands dry. The cloth can be hanging out of their pocket as long as it is in a position to stay in the pocket.
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It was in Cleveland, Ohio, I think. It may have been Columbus. Or possibly even Detroit. I know it was January of 2009. In those day, my partners Pat and Tom Dugan and I traveled to a lot of consumer golf shows. For several years – from early January until mid-March, we traveled nearly every weekend. Since most of the shows were in the East, it was never an easy trip from our homes in Idaho and Oregon. But one Friday in some very cold place, our paths crossed one of the greatest golf instructors ever.
My partners and I had spoken many times about how great it would be to have an instructor take Gorilla Gold’s message of better control with less grip pressure. We knew that a few of the top pros were using our product, but instructors, we reasoned, knew better than most the importance of grip in golf. Not in our wildest imaginings, did envisioned that the swing coach of the world’s top player; a teacher who was listed by Golf Digest’s as the #2 instructor in the world, would become that messenger.
Hank Haney was the featured speaker at a show that was attended by thousands of already winter-weary golfers who needed to get a scent of what they’d missed since fall. At the time, Hank was Tiger Wood’s swing coach. As sponsor of the stage upon which he’d speak, Gorilla Gold was granted a meeting with him. “Tell me about this,” Hank said after arriving at our 10×10 booth and shaking hands.
I grabbed a Gorilla Gold towel. Hank watched as I wiped it lightly on a golf grip, and handing the grip to Hank, I spoke the same two words we’d repeat a couple thousand times during a golf show, “Feel this.”
Hank took the grip in his hands and said what we’d hear a thousand times, “Wow!”
I won’t repeat what he said next, but it related to how it would have made a difference in one player’s performance at a past, very wet major championship.
That day, Hank Haney became a friend, supporter and volunteer spokesperson for Gorilla Gold. He told us that Gorilla Gold “…should be in every golfer’s bag.”
Later, we made a more formal agreement with Hank, and so you’ll see “Recommended by Hank Haney” on our Gorilla Gold Golf packages, as well as his image on our counter boxes. We’re a long way from finding a home in every golfer’s bag, but with Hank on our team, we move a little bit closer every single day.
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Lewiston, Idaho (January 26, 2014) The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has included Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer, the world’s leading producer and marketer of resin-tackified grip towels, as an approved drying agent that can be kept in a pitcher’s pocket.
The approval aligns the organization with the majority of softball governing bodies including the NCAA, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), the International Softball Federation (ISF), as well as others. The NFHS has also approved Gorilla Gold for use by baseball pitchers.
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Lewiston, ID (March 15, 2009) –The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) 2009 Rule Book has included Gorilla Gold, the world’s leading producer and marketer of resin-tackified grip towels, as the only approved drying agent allowed in a pitcher’s pocket.
The new ruling aligns the ASA with NCAA Softball, which has allowed pitchers to use Gorilla Gold for the past four years.
The new ASA ruling states: “Rule 6 Section 6 A Fast Pitch: an Approved manufactured drying agent that is included on the list published by the ASA, may be used by the pitcher. The Resin must be left on the ground and the approved drying agent in the pitcher’s pocket. Effect: If any other substance is found in the pitcher’s pocket the pitcher shall be ejected.”
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Lewiston, Idaho (March 16, 2005) The tackifying towel that was introduced four years ago as a clean alternative to pine tar for batters, is clean enough to be leaving the batter’s box for the back pockets of fast pitch pitchers this spring. Both the NCAA and the International Softball Congress (ISC), one of the leading men’s fast pitch organizations have approved Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer for use on the mound by pitchers.
According to Dee Abrahamson, head of the NCAA Softball Rules Committee, “While the NCAA does not endorse specific commercial products,” “a 2005 NCAA rules interpretation finds the use of Gorilla Gold to be compliant with the NCAA pitching rules, specifically 10-13, page 115.”