Softball Canada regulates the sport of softball by encouraging all leagues and players to follow established guidelines of approved equipment. With the numerous advancements in technology, notably with balls and bats, it is necessary for Softball Canada to establish standards for the safety of the players, coaches, fans and officials. Equipment standards are listed in the Softball Canada Official Rulebook, which is published every two years.
Ball Approval Program
The Softball Canada Ball Approval Program (BAP) is a yearly parameter testing program that ball manufacturers participate in to have their softballs properly tested according to Softball Canada ball standards. When purchasing balls, look for the "Approved by Softball Canada" stamp which indicates that the balls are consistent with Softball Canada`s standards. To view a list of approved softball for the current year, click on the "Approved Softballs" link in this section.
With the numerous technology advancements in bats and the varied interests of several different leagues, it is difficult to track and regulate the parameters for bats. Given the fact that most Canadian suppliers receive their bats from the USA, Softball Canada follows the Amateur Softball Association's (ASA) bat standards for Women`s Fast Pitch, which includes a list of all approved (and non-approved) bats for all makes and models of bats. Click on the "Approved Bats" page in this section to verify the ASA's website.
For Men's Fast Pitch and Men`s and Women`s Slo-Pitch, Softball Canada will follow the ISF's bat standards for the 2013 season. The list of approved ISF bats can also be found on the "Approved Bats" page in this section.
It should also be noted that Softball Canada uses a bat tester at the Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships and will supply all bats in 2013, and umpires also inspect bats for dents and/or modifications at all Canadian Fast Pitch Championships.