The ASA is considered the most regulated association in softball, followed by the USSSA. If your fastpitch softball league is governed by another body, chances are your racquet, if approved by the ASA or USSSA, will be legal in your league. However, it`s always a good idea to check with your league`s website or director for specific rules, regulations, and lists of bats allowed. NFHS Softball recognizes and operates USA Softball`s certification process. For a racquet to be legal for use in NFHS softball, it must be marked with the ASA 2000, 2004 or USA Softball All-Games certification mark. All racquets approved by USA Softball, formerly ASA, for use on the fast field must have one of the markings listed below. To determine if a bat is allowed, visit the U.S. softball website. www.usasoftball.com Once on the site, “click” on the “Certified Equipment” section. Once you`re on the “Certified Equipment” page, scroll down until you see the large box labeled “USA Softball TESTING & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM” at the bottom right. Make sure “Bats” is listed in the selection box and click the “GO” button. Once the following field with examples of certification marks appears, scroll down until you see the title “APPROVED STICKS: 2000, 2004 and 2013”.
There are 2 selection boxes with “Go” buttons underneath. Make sure “Bats” is listed in the first field. In the second box, you can select “Show All” to list bats from all manufacturers, or you can click the “down arrow” to see a list of each bat manufacturer. Do this and choose “Easton” and “Click” on the “Go” button. All approved Easton bats are listed by model number and description. Scroll down until you see the model number of the bat you`re exploring. If the model number does not exist, the racquet has not been approved by USA Softball. It seems that Easton Fast Pitch Bat model numbers start with “FP” and I only see 5 approved model numbers: FP18GH10, FP18GH11, FP18GH8, FP18GH9 and FP18GHY11. The NFHS Softball Rules Committee noted that clarification was needed to ensure that each batter arrives at the plate with a bat bearing the correct certification mark, making it legal for high school games.
Bat manufacturers produce several models of bats for several organizations. These different models are often tailor-made to meet the individual certification requirements of each organization. Bats designed specifically for an organization can only bear that organization`s certification mark. Conversely, many of these bats are designed to meet the requirements of multiple organizations and carry the certification marks of multiple organizations, allowing them to be legally used in multiple rule codes. Do you know your league`s club rules? Check out our Fastpitch Bat Buying Guide for help! All Fastpitch softball bats must have a barrel diameter of 2″ and must not exceed 34″ in length and 31 oz in weight, regardless of the club you play in. For more information, visit the ASA Certified Equipment page. In addition, any racquet bearing one of these certification marks cannot be listed on the USA Softball unapproved bat list with certification marks. This list was created to alert players and coaches that a racquet that was once approved for use is no longer approved. Once these bats have arrived on the market and potential problems arise, there is a procedure to revoke the approval of these bats.
If it has been determined that a bat needs to be removed, either by retesting or for voluntary removal by the manufacturer, the bat will be included in the list of unapproved bats bearing certification marks. These bats were approved during the original manufacture and were legal at the time, but no longer meet approval requirements due to unforeseen issues. Bats must not exceed a bat power factor (GMP) of 1.20. This should be marked on most, if not all, USSSA-approved Fastpitch bats. Bats can be made of aluminum or other metals; fiberglass, graphite or other composite material; or wood. Bats can be made from one or more parts. For more information, see the USSSA Equipment Rules. First, you have taken the right steps. Rule 1-5 requires a bat.” bear the 2000 or 2004 certification mark and are not on USA Softball`s list of unapproved bats… Bats must be approved. NFHS uses USA softball-approved racket list.
A “prohibited bat” is an unapproved bat bearing a certification mark. These are bat models that were first tested and approved, but were not subsequently approved because bat samples from random markets (retail stores) did not match the characteristics of the bat model originally submitted for testing. However, there are bats on the market that have not been tested by USA Softball and are not on their list of approved racquets. The Easton Ghost bat models you have encountered are examples of such bats. Bats must be marked with the 2004 ASA Certified stamp. These fastball racquets should operate within the 98mph beaten ball speed standard. Bats can be made of aluminum or other metals; fiberglass, graphite or other composite material; or wood. Bats can be made from one or more parts. We had an Easton Ghost racquet in one of our last games. We couldn`t find it on the list of prohibited bats, but it didn`t have an ASA certification mark.
So we didn`t allow it in the game. How do we determine if bats are legal? Link to USA Softball unapproved bats with certification mark:.