Softball season is upon us, and if you are playing in a league, there are some changes that you should be aware of regarding your equipment. Slo-Pitch National has launched new bat specifications that make purchasing bats less confusing for players.
Beginning January 1st, 2012, Slo-Pitch National announced that they will be recognizing and accepting the USSSA bat testing methods for use in the SPN program. All USSSA approved bats must carry the “NEW” USSSA stamp on the bat taper.
SPN will continue the ASA and ISF Approved Bat List.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
#1 –All ASA and NEW 1.20BPF stamped bats are approved - simply look for the new USSSA logo and you will know that your bat is sanctioned
#2 – better control against bat tampering as any alterations to a new 1.20 BPF bat will ruin the composite make-up
For the current USSA Licensed / Approved bat list, visit
If you are a member of a provincial association, you should check out any grandfathering conditions. For example Slo-Pitch Ontario (SPO) has allowed that all current 1.20 BPF bats will be allowed in SPO play until January 1st, 2014. Moving forward, bat manufacturers will be designing product that includes the new USSSA stamp of the barrel. As of January 1st, 2014, only the 1.20 BPF models with the “new” USSSA stamp will be legal for play. This allows Ontario players 18 additional months of current line play.
The National Slo-Pitch Association (NSA Canada), a governing body for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, has chosen to provide an approved bat list, as opposed to a banned bat list, as the NSA reasons that bats are not deemed illegal for play in NSA sanctioned league or events until they have be through testing and found to be non-compliant with approved standards.
You can find a list at http://www.nsacanada.ca/bats/approved.php.
Still have questions? Visit your local Source For Sports® slo-pitch professional. Find our store locator here http://sourceforsports.com/store_selector