Bat Certification

Softball Canada does not currently have its own bat certification program, but follows the following bat guidelines for its Canadian Championships.

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Note on Updates to ASA Approved Bat List

Recently the ASA announced that Easton had voluntarily withdrawn several older bat models from certification with the ASA List of Certified Bats.

Softball Canada recognizes bats certified by both ASA and the WBSC (ISF) for use in Softball Canada play. We have reviewed the bats that Easton has withdrawn from ASA certification and note that all the withdrawn bats remain eligible for use in Softball Canada play (with the exception of the Easton SCN1) as they continue to be approved by the WBSC.


Fast Pitch (Men and Women - all levels)

Acceptable Certification Stamps:

ISF 2005 ASA 2000 ASA 2004
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  • Any bat that appears on the WBSC Softball Approved Bat List and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event or,
  • Any bat that appears on the ASA Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000 or 2004 certification stamp will also be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event.
  • The bat must meet the compression standards outlined by the ISF and can be tested to ensure they are in the proper range.
  • The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.

Slo-Pitch (Men's and Women's)

Acceptable Certification Stamps:

ISF 2005 ASA 2000 ASA 2004 ASA 2013
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  • Any bat that appears on the WBSC approved bat list and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event or,
  • Any bat that appears on the ASA Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000, ASA 2004 or ASA 2013 certification stamp will also be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event.
  • The bat must meet the compression standards outlined by the ISF and can be tested to ensure that they are in the proper range.
  • The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.


Update (January 2015): Effective immediately, WBSC Softball (and Softball Canada) will only recognize bats stamped with the ISF 2005 (plate) stamp noted above as approved. Bats stamped with the older ISF 1.20 BPF are no longer approved for play by the WBSC. They may, however, be eligible for use in Softball Canada competition if they are approved by ASA.


International Softball Federation (ISF) Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletin - 2014 - 01


 

Softball Canada will continue supplying all the bats at the Senior Men’s and Women’s Canadian Slo-Pitch Championship.

For further information, please contact Mike Branchaud at mbranchaud@softball.ca.

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