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Discussion: Qualified bats

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Sept. 1, 2019
pop66roy
2 posts
Qualified bats
Can u use a ASA bat in USSA tournament?
Sept. 9, 2019
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3188 posts
I believe you meant to say SSUSA.
I can only think of two reasons why one would want to us an ASA bat in an SSUSA tournament. Well, maybe 3 or 4. ;)
Sept. 9, 2019
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1329 posts
You will need to look at the Bat Policy above and the link of the list of approved bats under that. There were some excellent comments from when you asked this question on August 22 by people that know more about ASA (now USA Softball) bats. So I would look there to get your complete answer.
Sept. 10, 2019
TimMcElroy
678 posts
pop66roy-

Short answer to your question- Recent model ASA bats (with the "Mountaintop" stamp) are not approved for SSUSA play.

Bats that are legal for SSUSA play will have the SSUSA logo on the handle and / or the BPF (1.21 or less) stamped on them by the manufacturer. If neither of these are on the bat, it isn't legal for use in an SSUSA event.

Sept. 10, 2019
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1329 posts
Tim, I have two bats that have both stamps that are not on the approved bat list. I only use them for batting practice. I bought myself new bats this year.
Sept. 10, 2019
tattooball
754 posts
So the real question is why are ASA bats not allowed?

They perform less than 1.21
Sept. 11, 2019
lb16
Men's 50
157 posts
Pretty simple answer no fees are being paid to SSUSA!
Sept. 11, 2019
Duke
Men's 65
888 posts
It might be nice to know what bats everyone is talking about. I do have 2 league bats from Miken, that have ASA stamped on it. They both perform very close to the Ultra II. I only use them in non SSUSA tournaments, if the weather is too cold, so not to take a chance on cracking my Ultra II. I heard someone tried to use one of these Miken ASA bats in an SSUSA tournament, and the batter was called out and the bat was removed from the game. This Miken ASA bat is not allowed in SSUSA tournaments, and for a good reason. It does not have BPF stamped on the bat, so it may not be so legal anyway. BTW, at one of my batting practices, I was able to hit the ball farther with the ASA bat than my Ultra II. One might wonder what the BPF status might be?

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
Sept. 12, 2019
tattooball
754 posts
I don't think u trip bats pay fees either
Sept. 12, 2019
ETDave
31 posts
I've used my original Easton Extended in tournaments before with no problem, but it does have the 1.20 stamp on it.
Sept. 12, 2019
mck71
213 posts
ETDave - you answered the question. Based on what I am reading, it SEEMS pretty straight forward (ex.); All Miken slow-pitch softball bats “stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved”, excluding the Original Gray Miken Ultra.

So any bat manufacturer that is listed above under "SSUSA Approved Bats" ( Adidas, Dudley, Easton, Miken to name a few) that has a bat that is STAMPED at 1.21 BPF, 1.20 BPF, etc should not be an issue as long as it is legible to umpire or TD.

Kevin - not sure they go by the assoc but but the manufacturer; ex Adidas pays the fee and therefore if you want, you COULD swing their USSSA bat (Ruckus) as long as it has that stamp (which it does (USSSA 1.20).

At least that is what I am reading and as an umpire that is what I would be looking for if there were any questions.
Sept. 12, 2019
ETDave
31 posts
Mck41, that's exactly how I understand it also.
Sept. 12, 2019
ETDave
31 posts
Woops! Mck71 not 41.
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