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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Softball Canada recognizes bats certified by both USA Softball and the WBSC for use in Softball Canada play.


Fast Pitch - Male (up to U18) and Female (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 USA Softball 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 and Adult Male Fast Pitch (U21 and above)

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 USA Softball 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.


Effective January 2015 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 USA Softball.


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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