New USSSA Fastpitch Softball Bat Marks & Grandfathering Rules
Effective January 1, 2014
This is a reminder that the new bat standards went into effect January 1, 2014. This means that a bat must display the stamp below for it to be legal for use. Recall that this requirement was announced two years ago in order to give everyone ample time to conform to the new standards.
Here's the simple "why" for the improved standard: Over the past several years the number of altered bats that have found their way into the youth fastpitch program has been increasing at an alarming rate. When a bat displays this new stamp it means that the bat has been manufactured in such a way that if it ever becomes altered in order to increase performance beyond the 1.20 BPF limit then it will show very dramatic visible damage (eg, cracking) to prove that it's been tampered with. In short, a bat with the new stamp is either unalterable or, if altered, it becomes unusable.
Note that the attached document titled “Illegal Bat Penalty” describes the penalty for using an illegal bat. We encourage all USSSA directors, umpires, coaches, parents and players to take the necessary steps to avoid the use of an illegal bat prior to and during a game.
Since we don't have email addresses for all the players we're asking that you forward this message to every member of your team - parents and players alike - in order to remind everyone of the requirement and to prevent issues at the tournament site.
For more information on the new bat standard see the attached two documents, “Bat Rule 3-2012” and “New USSSA Softball Bat Marks”.