BAT CERTIFICATION

UPDATED APRIL 2019

Softball Canada does not currently have its own bat certification program, but endorses the following bat standards for Canadian Championships.

Softball Canada recognizes bats certified by both USA Softball and the WBSC for use in Fast Pitch competitions and USA Softball, the WBSC and USSSA for Slo-Pitch play.


FAST PITCH - MALE (UP TO U19) AND FEMALE (ALL LEVELS)

Acceptable Certification Stamps:

2019 FP Bats (Female)

  • Any bat that appears on the WBSC Softball Approved Bat List and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event or,
  • Any bat that appears on the USA Softball Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000 or 2004 certification stamp will also be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event.
  • The bat must meet the compression standards outlined by the certifying organization and may be tested to ensure they are in the proper range.
  • The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.

FAST PITCH - ADULT MALE (U23 AND ABOVE)

Acceptable Certification Stamps:

2019 FP Bats (Male)

  • Any bat that appears on the WBSC approved bat list and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event or,
  • Any bat that appears on the USA Softball Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000, ASA 2004 or ASA 2013 certification stamp will also be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event.
  • The bat must meet the compression standards outlined by the certifying organization and may be tested to ensure that they are in the proper range.
  • The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.

SLO-PITCH - (ALL)

Acceptable Certification Stamps:

2019 SP Bats

All other bats are not approved for useNon-approved Bats shall be removed from competition and visibly marked (e.g. tape). Teams should be advised that attempted use during the game will, by rule, result in ejection. 

Updated November 2018
  • Any bat that appears on the WBSC approved bat list and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play in Softball Canada competition or,
  • Any bat that appears on the USA Softball Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000 or ASA 2004 certification stamp will also be accepted for play in Softball Canada competition (the ASA 2013 certification stamp is no longer accepted for endorsement in Slo-Pitch competitionor
  • Any bat that has a new USSSA certification stamp and is not on the USSSA withdrawn/non-compliant list will also be accepted for play in Softball Canada competition.
  • The bat must meet the compression standards outlined by the certifying organization and may be tested to ensure that they are in the proper range.
  • The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.
Note: Bats with an ASA 2013 certification stamp may still be eligible for use in Slo-Pitch competition if they are eligible under WBSC (ISF) or USSSA certification.

For further information, please contact Mike Branchaud at mbranchaud@softball.ca.