Use of Illegal Bats and Impact to Player Safety
ISF Approved Bat List http://www.wbsc.org/softball-bat-list/
ASA Approved Bat lIst http://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/play-usa-softball/certified-usa-softball-equipment
Softball Australia (SAL) has recently updated the SAL Australian Championship ISF Bat Certification Procedure, through a Technical Bulletin. The phase in period outlined in previous technical bulletins has long since ceased.
The Technical Bulletin outlines how a bat is considered legal for use within Australia competition and is being adopted fully within Western Australia.
There have been international studies which show that illegal bats reduces defensive players reaction times and may cause injury. An illegal bat is one which the batted ball speed is above 100 MPH.
An extract from the Technical Bulletin is below:
Approved and Non Approved Bats and Batted Ball Speed (BBS) Test Certification
All bats used in Australian Championships shall comply with:
A bat will be approved for use in Australia if it is listed on the current ISF Certified Bat List.
Any bat not listed on the ISF Certified Bat List will be considered approved for use in Australia if it is listed on the current ASA Approved Bat List.
The compliance with this requirement rests with all participants of the game not just the umpires, as the practicality of checking bats with separate lists prior to all games at all levels is not feasible.
It is of utmost importance that players, coaches, parents, team managers and administrators, understand they play an important role in this requirement.
Note 1: Bats are continually being retested to ensure they comply with the International standards Note 2: The ISF BBS standard is 161 KPH (100 MPH); the ASA standard is 157.7 KPH (98 MPH)
Note 3: If a bat cannot be identified due to the manufacturer’s logo and model number being worn away, then the bat should be rejected.
The current BBS registered markings for certification are applied to the bats at manufacture.