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Bat Certifications

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.

Virginia

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.

Virginia

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.


Virginia

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) certification for bats must follow Rule 3, Section 1 to be certified by ASA for play and signify this by bearing the most recent 854 stamp on the bat.


Contact Information:
ASA National
2851 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Tel. 405-424-5266
www.softball.org

Virginia

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.


Contact Information:
USSSA
611 Line Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Tel. (321) 697-3636
www.usssa.com or www.usssabaseball.org

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Virginia

The Independent Softball Association (ISA) has different rules for bats for slow pitch and fast pitch softball. Refer to the official ISA Rule Book for standards and certifications.


Contact Information:
Independent Softball Association
3601 Cypress Gardens Rd., Suite F
Winter Heaven, FL 33884
Tel. (863) 326-6009
www.isasoftball.com

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Virginia

The National Softball Association (NSA) publishes a list of approved bats and ball manufacturers on their website. Please refer to the NSA's list of Approved Equipment.


Contact Information:
National Softball Association
PO Box 7
Nicholasville, KY 40340
Tel. (859) 887-4114
www.playnsa.com

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Virginia

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.


Contact Information:
International Softball Federation
1900 S. Park Rd.
Plant City, FL 33563
Tel. (813) 864-085
www.internationalsoftball.com

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