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Discussion: Fastpitch bat legal in slowpitch????????

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May 19, 2009
hitman
Men's 65
306 posts
Fastpitch bat legal in slowpitch????????
I know this is a senior board but it also has all the cardinal knowledge about bats with many years of experience and maybe some who even wrote the rules.
I need to know if the Anderson RocketTech fastpitch bat is legal in slowpitch, mainly Usssa and ASA. I'm sure that someone has the answer, all I can find on the websites is the the approved list of bats. This is for a female player who just can't handle the slowpitch weights.
Thanks in advance,
The Hitman #13
May 19, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
hitman,as long as it has an ASA stamp on it,it is legal for all assoc's except one that i know of,that being SPA.for some reason ridge does not allow FP bats.oh i use FP bats all the time except there.
May 20, 2009
hitman
Men's 65
306 posts
Thanks for the info mad dog. A young lady was told she couldn't use one but I will pass along the info.
The Hitman #13
May 20, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
A couple of years ago SPA declared fastpitch bats wouldn't be allowed. I checked their rules and couldn't find any mention of that now.
May 20, 2009
green rocket
51 posts
mad dog is right....as long as there is an ASA stamp on it, it's legal. Now, why would anyone would want to use a fastpitch bat in slow pitch? Sure the bat is lighter but its performance is based on hitting a ball with velocity, not a pitch that is lobbed.

In my 20 years of officiating, I've never seen a fastpitch bat used in slow pitch that did anything except 'ting' and a ball that goes nowhere. Believe me, you handcuffing yourself if you use this type of bat and most fielders that are heads up will move up on you because the power generated is minimal at best.
May 20, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
The Lady Virus is one hot bat that was approved, but later banned,
There were others FP bats also.
May 20, 2009
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
612 posts
I checked the ASA site and the 2007, 2008, and 2009 RocketTech FP bats are legal, but my advice is to always check ASA at http://www.asasoftball.com/about/certified_equipment.asp because there are original Miken Ultras with ASA stamps, as an example, and they are definitely not legal.

Also on page 48 of the SPA rulebook: Unapproved Bats for 2009: Fast Pitch Bats, Titanium Bats, Original Gray Miken, Lady Virus.

May 20, 2009
hitman
Men's 65
306 posts
Thanks for all the info guys and gals.
This was needed by a young lady who is n't big enought to swing a 34/26 but is doing well with the fastpitch -9/-10 bats.
She was afaird they they would throw the bat out in tournaments (USSSA and ASA)
Again thanks for all the responses,
The Hitman #13
May 20, 2009
Wes
Men's 65
311 posts
I think most of the above has to do with men. They have different rules
for women. Last year at a tournament
my wife was playing in they kicked a lady out of the touranment, not the game but the touranment for using a fast pitch bat. I would ask the T.D. before she plays the first game.
May 21, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
green rocket,mmmm u be wrong on the performance of the composite FP bats.i use them all the time(since 2005),and have converted a bunch of young guys over.oh yeah we can still can hit them out on a 300' fields.
nancy thanks for finding the spa info,i actually had ridge tell me they were not allowed.
wes and hitman,there should be no prol with using a FP bat in any tourney(except SPA's)as long as the bat is approved by ASA since they have the most stringent approval.i have found no where in any of the other assoc's rules that prohibit them,except the case i've already mention.now the lady virus is not a FP bat to begin with,it was a slow-pitch bat made for the ladies that the guys took a liking to(found to be to hot).also there is 1 FP bat that is not approved for ASA and it's one of the first catalyst's,not sure if it was the -8 or -10 model tho.
May 21, 2009
green rocket
51 posts
mad dog, more power to you if you and your boys can hit with that FP bat.

I've never seen one used outside of the lower rec leagues and don't expect to see one used in any major senior events now or in the near future. They just don't have the action a composite bat has. You can't change science.
May 21, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
Thanks Nancy, I missed that entry declaring fast pitch bats unapproved.
May 22, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
rocket read my first line in my post above,we use composite FP bats,not metal ones.but i will tell you that one of the older anderson rocket tech's(its a metal one)is a real good bat.i have used mine(an easton scn1b)in senior play(huntsman games,2005, before they started allowing senior bats),and like i said still do for ASA play.i can't believe you have never seen anyone use a composite fp bat or maybe just didn't realize some one was using one.go over to softballfans dot com softball board and check around,anotherwards do a little research.you'll see that i'm not the only who happens to like them.
March 20, 2013
crazy8rich
2 posts
someone told me the theres a legal DROP a fp bat has to meet to be used in slow pitch softball is this true????? we have 3 girls that want a composite lighter bat and we found a couple that are on the asa approve ilst CAN SOMEONE HELP????????
March 20, 2013
crazy8rich
2 posts
someone told me the theres a legal DROP a fp bat has to meet to be used in slow pitch softball is this true????? we have 3 girls that want a composite lighter bat and we found a couple that are on the asa approve ilst CAN SOMEONE HELP????????
March 20, 2013
titanhd
Men's 50
335 posts
a fast-pitch bat can have a drop of no more than 12. The drop is calculated by taking the bat's length in inches and subtracting its weight in ounces. For example, a 34-inch, 28-oz. bat would have a drop of 6.

March 21, 2013
OZZIE#8
13 posts
Fastpitch bats are legal in slo-pitch,i use one.As long as there is an asa stamp and not banned by any league rules your gtg.
March 21, 2013
neck10
498 posts
not legal in usssa has to have the 2013 stamp so thos 2006,2007,2008 would be illegal
March 21, 2013
kbl
Men's 60
529 posts
guys, didnt SSUSA ban the Lady Virus FP bat a couple years ago?? thanks, ken
March 22, 2013
OZZIE#8
13 posts
correct i meant asa
March 24, 2013
buttercup
3 posts
last time I was tested for umpire certification the asa book was clear on the fast pitch bat being illegal but for the reason of lenght and weight 34" 26 is a findable fast pitch length and weight now but not long ago wasnt made the bat must be 34 inchs long and weigh a minimum of 26 ozs to be legal in all or ? most slo pitch organizations
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