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Discussion: new bat rule???

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Sept. 23, 2006
Gary Heifner
248 posts
new bat rule???
At the Seattle Tourney, I was told by a Miken rep that if a bat is approved by an association they can't ban it at a later date even if it becomes super hot after breakin. . In short, you don't have to worry about wasting money on a new bat. Is this true??
Sept. 24, 2006
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
No. That is what started all this mess with the Ultra's being first approved then banned when they turned out to be to hot. Same with the Tomahawk was approved by ASA then when they retested them it was banned.

Assoc are always retesting bats and this year ASA banned some fastpitch bats that were orginally approved.

If you go to the ASA site it will show you the date that a bat was retested.
Sept. 24, 2006
Mighty Grip
Men's 55
34 posts
This is Bill Gateley with Rip It. As you know we make bats and I wanted to share with you that what the Miken rep said is true. Since the test was turned over to a third party to keep the standard simple, all bat makers are on the same page. Once the bat is approved it is good to go. That would only change if the the bat company made a change in production without letting ASA, USSSA or NSA know about it.
The fastpitch bat in question was the Cat -8 which was producted before the new testing standard. That bat was mainly used in college and did not have a huge affect.

So we are all on a level playing field now. The main factor in bats now is flex vs cracking. How much flex can you put in a bat, meet the legal limit and avoid cracking. For then the demon of returns will forever haunt your bottom line.

Hope this helps......thanks
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