Baseball & Softball Bat Certifications
There are several associations that certify that a bat is legal for play in certain baseball and softball leagues or tournaments. Even though these associations may follow similar guidelines and rules each association is separate from one another. The certifications below are for the largest governing bodies in baseball and softball.
The NCAA, NFHS, USSSA and Pony Leagues will require all bats to meet the new BBCOR performance standard. BBCOR(bat-ball coefficient of restitution) is an improved method for predicting a bat's on-field performance.
The Baseball Research Center serves as the official certification center for all baseball bats used for NCAA and NFHS. Each bat must pass testing in the Baseball Research Center at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. This certification is known as the BESR Certification.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) has different rules regarding approved bats based on age. Refer to the official USSSA Rule book (Rule 8.02.E) for the appropriate standard for your age group.
Independent Softball Association
3601 Cypress Gardens Rd., Suite F
Winter Heaven, FL 33884
Tel. (863) 326-6009
The International Softball Federation (ISF) uses the (ASTM) high-speed batted ball test (85 mph) to determine what bats are allowed to be used in ISF World Championships, World Cups and the Olympic Games. Also included are the qualifying tournaments for both the World Championships and the Olympics. Refer to the ISF's Rules and Standards for a list of Certified Bats.
International Softball Federation
1900 S. Park Rd.
Plant City, FL 33563
Tel. (813) 864-085