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May 12, 2021
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are there significant difference in 1.20 bats
One of the leagues in my community has a rule that the teams must use the 1.20 BPF bats provided by the recreation department.

In a casual discussion at a clinic I asked why that was since a lot of guys would like to use their own bat. The reason given by several was that it keeps everyone on a level playing field.

My response was to ask "isn't a 1.20 BPF bat always a 1.20 and thus equal no matter who makes it?"

What say you?
May 14, 2021
Men's 50
1 posts
The 1.20 bat is a number they can't exceed so yes there could be differences.
This rules out people shaving/altering their personal bats.
May 15, 2021
Men's 55
411 posts
I know the "neighborhood league" in the Villages FL provides a 1.20 bat that's all the same and just different weights to choose from (or at least they used to) for equal playing field due to different skill levels on a team.

But the competitive leagues there, still use all the regular senior bats
May 15, 2021
Men's 70
184 posts
skymutt - below is the definition for BPF

BPF stands for Bat Performance Factor. This is determined by a ball fired at a high rate of speed, at a stationary bat. If the ball comes off the bat 20% faster than it was fired at the bat, then it exceeds 1.20. Many leagues will not allow the use of a bat that rates higher than 1.20 BPF.

Manufacturers are required to test their bats to acquire their ASA, USSA, Sr bat stamps or print their BPF rating on their bats prior to marketing/selling to the public.

I think you have a good, plausible request to your league, "if i have my own bat, with 1.20BPF and i like the way this bat swings, either balanced weight or end-loaded", the league should have zero argument because it is apples to apples. You may have the same bat that the league has bought for their use!!!??

If denied, ask for their reasoning. Good luck
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