Illegal Bats

Use of Illegal Bats and Impact to Player Safety

ISF Approved Bat List

ASA Approved Bat lIst

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.

Bat Certification


Comment Guidelines: The SportsTG Network is made up of players, families and passionate sports followers like you who have a strong opinion about sport. That's great - we want you to have your say and share your thoughts with the world. However, we have a few rules that you must follow to keep it fun for all. Please don't be rude, abusive, swear or vilify others. Apart from some pretty serious sport sanctions, we also can ban you and report you if things get out of hand. So play fair and have fun, and thanks for your contribution.

Club Links - Navbar

Choose a Club