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Discussion: Should I buy a new 'old' bat?

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Aug. 2, 2020
OZ40
541 posts
Should I buy a new 'old' bat?
What is the current lbs. of Compression on Senior Bats and what will the new lbs. of Compression be? Anyone know? Should I be buying a senior bat now to be grandfathered in because it will be hotter? ? I got this email from a friend today. I know it's USSSA and not SSUSA but just to be clear I'd like to know the lbs. of compression numbers for Senior Bats and what they will change to if they change at all. What about other associations? Same or change? The official post on this site says 'ESSENTIALLY' the same numbers. What does essentially in this case actually mean? How many different bats will we need if we play ASA/USA, ISSA, SPA, WSL or One Nation? USSSA is also going to the NTS style stamp.

USSSA SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL RULES
USSSA has decided to change their Slowpitch Bat Standards!

What does this mean? The new bats will have less pop than the current models with the 2012 stamp on them! Current models allow a lower compression of 220 lbs as opposed to the new standard of 240 lbs or higher. They are deadening their bats!

What about NSA? Seeing as NSA also allows the 1.20 BPF or 220 lb compression, will they be changing as well? No, NSA currently does not plan to adopt the 240 lb compression. They will continue to allow all 2012 stamped bats for the foreseeable future.

What about Other Associations? GSL, WSL & ISA All plan to stick with the Current 1.20 BPF or 220 lb Compression Bats.

ONLY USSSA IS CHANGING THEIR BAT STANDARD


DATE USSSA TIMELINE
Sep 1, 2019 New USSSA Bat Stamp: USSSA is transitioning their bat testing to a new facility, NTS Chesapeake.

June 1, 2020 New USSSA Bats Launch: USSSA Bats that meet the New Standard will begin their initial retail Launch
JAN 1, 2021 Stopping Use of Current USSSA Stamp: No Bats can have the current 2012 USSSA Thumbprint put on them after this date.

JAN 1, 2023 New USSSA Bats REQUIRED: USSSA Bats that meet the New Standard of 240 lbs and tested by NTS will be required for play. The current 2012 Stamp bats will no longer be accepted on the Slowpitch field of play!
Aug. 3, 2020
bkb555
269 posts
OZ, I think Alan has the best answers to this questions but I thought the bats were going to be grandfathered in...but seeing your dates, is 2023 how far they will be grandfathered....sounds like the early 2000s ASA bat re-certification that was a complete joke...hopefully USSSA doesn't screw themselves by losing teams that don't feel like buying new bats in 3 yrs...i know that sounds weird but some of the senior bats we use today are 3-5 yrs old and still doing fine
Aug. 3, 2020
OZ40
541 posts
I would like to hear Alan on this. I don't want to end up like those guys bringing 5 bowling balls to the alleys, one for oily lanes, one for dry lanes, one with only a thumb hole, one offset weighted, and one with a semi-fingertip grip, only except instead of bowling balls it'd be bats!
Aug. 3, 2020
lb16
Men's 50
163 posts
Currently there is no pass/fail measurement for senior bats. And as stated this rule only applies to USSSA. There probably won't be any compression standard set for senior bats anytime soon. And if there is you can assume all current senior bats will be grandfathered in for at least a couple of years.
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