This is from the USA softball rule book..
“On a bunt attempt where the batter puts the bat across the plate and the pitched ball is out of the strike zone, a ball should be called unless the batter moves the bat toward the ball.
On a missed bunt attempt with two strikes, the dropped third strike rule applies.”
Rule supplement 10.
So simply holding the bat across the strike zone with no movement toward the ball should result in the pitched being called a ball or strike based on the location of the pitch only.
Bunt VS. Slap..Coaches were looking for a definition of a bunt vs. a slap. A bunt is defined in the USA rule book, but a slap is not...
a good guideline for us to use was taken from another rule book...
Slap. A slap hit is a batted ball that has been struck with a short, chopping motion rather than with a full
swing. A ball that is slapped foul is treated like any other foul ball and shall not result in an out unless caught in flight.
as always you best judgement should be used.