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USA Softball Bat Testing & Certification Program

CERTIFIED/APPROVED: The official bat for USA Softball Championship Play must meet all the USA Softball specifications and the requirements of Rule 3, Section 1, and:

    1. The official bat, made up of the knob, handle, grip, taper, barrel and end cap shall be free of burs, dents cracks, sharp edges, rattles and show no signs of excessive wear. The official bat may be marked OFFICIAL SOFTBALL by the manufacturer, and shall be no more than 34 inches long nor exceed 38 ounces in weight. The official bat shall not be more than 2.250 inches in diameter at its largest part, including any tolerance for expansion. The official bat must bear either the ASA 2000 Certification Mark, ASA 2004 Certification Mark, or ASA 2013 Certification Mark (Slow Pitch, Men’s Adult Fast Pitch, Junior Olympic Boy’s Fast Pitch and Men’s Modified only), as shown below and must not be listed on the ASA Non-Approved Bat List with 2000 or 2004 Certification Mark.
       

AND

  • must be included on a list of approved bat models published by the ASA

 

OR

  • must, in the sole opinion and discretion of the umpire, have been manufactured prior to 2000 and if tested, would comply with USA Softball Bat Performance Standard. This includes wooden bats.

 

Exception: Senior Softball bats may be used in Senior Championship Play only.

All bats in USA Softball Championship Play, except Seniors, must pass the ASA Bat Performance Standard. All bats having the 2000, 2004 or 2013(Slow Pitch, Men’s Adult Fast Pitch, Junior Olympic Boy’s Fast Pitch and Men’s Modified Pitch ONLY) Certification Mark and not listed on the list of Non-Approved bats with Certification marks will be allowed in USA Softball Championship Play. Bats with the 2013 Certification Mark will be allowed in Slow Pitch National Championship Play Only. For your convenience, USA Softball’s website has a listing of all approved bats and bats that have ASA Certification Marks and are no longer approved. 


USA Softball Approved Warm-Up Bats and USA Softball Approved Warm-Up Attachments

Warm-up bat must meet all of the requirements of Rule 3, Section 2 contained in the Official Rules of Softball. Following is a list of products that are currently approved.

APPROVED WARM-UP BATS

  • All-Star
  • Bratt’s Bat
  • Dirx and Dirx 250 (Dirx Company)
  • Dudley
  • Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger)
  • Whip-O
  • Miega Bat
  • Sledge Hammer (Steele’s Sports)
  • Swingmaster (J. deBeer)
  • TopHand (Switch-Hitter, Inc.)
  • Worth
  • Stombaugh

Warm-up attachments must meet all of the requirements of Rule 3, Section 2 contained in the Official Rules of Softball. Following is a list of products that are currently approved.

APPROVED WARM-UP ATTACHMENTS

  • Pow’R Wrap
  • SwingSock

USA Softball Ball Testing & Certification Program

Beginning January 1, 2001 to present, in USA Softball Championship Play, players may use only balls which meet all requirements of Rule 3, Section 3.

Additionally, USA Softball will periodically test additional samples of approved models to verify compliance with the USA Softball ball performance standards.
The approved certification marks are listed below:

 
Red Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 375 lbs
Max .47 cor

Red Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 300 lbs
Max .47 cor
Black Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 375 lbs
Max .44 cor

Black Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 300 lbs
Max .44 cor
Blue Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 375 lbs
Max .40 cor

Blue Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 300 lbs
Max .40 cor

New (2011) Green Colored Marking & Stamp
Max 300.0 lbs/
Max .520 cor

Non-Approved Balls that hold the certification mark:

Manufacturer- Ball Name
DeBeer 290XLRA3
Dudley Composite MLT 12 RF 80
Dudley Composite MLT 12 RF 80Y
Dudley SY-12 RF 40
Dudley ZN Composite ZN 12 RF
Dudley ZN Composite ZN 12 RF Y
Miken MS-ASA44-1
Spirit A1240PS
Trump Micro-Cell