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Frequent Question What bats are illegal in USSSA?

Starting in 2021, Perfect game bans all the USSSA banned bats, see below, and the 2017 DeMarini CF drop 5, the 2016 USSSA CF8 line of bats (5, 8, 10), the 2015 CF7 in a drop 5 and the 2015 Eaton XL1 in a drop 5. All banned for Perfect Game starting 2021.

Why are USSSA bats illegal?

I knew that the leagues in our area had outlawed “USSSA” bats, because they had way too much pop, and adopted the “USA” bat standard, which strove to make bats that hit like wood ones, but maintained the durability of metal bats. It was partially a safety issue.

Can you use USA bats in USSSA?

Can I Use a USA Bat in USSSA Play? Yes. You are allowed to use a USA Baseball Bat in USSSA certified play, but we do not recommend that you do. The reason is that the performance difference between the two certifications is sizable.

What makes a bat illegal?

Generally, any tampering that changes the original specifications of the baseball bat will cause the bat to be illegal for any baseball league. Illegal tampering includes adjusting the bat’s weight, length, or surface area. Certain levels of the game also have bat specifications that must be adhered to.

Is the Easton ghost legal in USSSA?

The Easton Ghost Fastpitch bat is now available in a BPF (1.20) approved model. This includes USSSA, NSA and ISA. This is the first and only bat available in the market with the NSA “FASTPITCH ONLY” certification. This means the bat is exempt from all field compression testing in NSA play.

Are DeMarini bats illegal?

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) announced yesterday that following further consideration, it lifted its ban on the 29” and 30” models of the popular DeMarini CF Zen ¾” -10 model bats (pictured above).

Is Rolling a bat illegal in USSSA?

Is It Illegal? Bat rolling is not illegal. As a matter of fact, all composite bats must be rolled in testing before they are deemed legal for play. This is to make sure that as the bat gets hotter after more use, and it will not exceed the bat performance standards put in place.

Why do USSSA bats have more pop?

They have thinner barrel walls, but a bigger hitting surface. With 1.5 BPF and a larger barrel diameter, USSSA bats offer much more pop when hitting the ball, increased springiness, and thus a greater trampoline effect.

Are Bbcor bats legal for USSSA?

With the approval of USSSA National, certain 14U and an even more limited number of 13U tournaments may be run allowing only BBCOR and wood bats from approved USSSA Bat Licensees. (2) USSSA marks and other graphics of the bat must be applied permanently and must be applied by the USSSA licensed manufacturer.

Is the Marucci CAT 7 legal?

Yes, the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBC75 is legal for use in the 13-15 year old division of Babe Ruth. It features a fully aluminum design and has the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification.

Are titanium bats illegal?

The long range result was bat performance standards, but the immediate result was a complete ban on titanium bats.

What is the difference between a USA bat and USSSA bat?

The difference between the two standards is actually very simple. The USSSA BPF 1.15 bats will be more lively and will, simply put, hit the ball further and the USA bats. In conclusion, USSSA bats are not permitted to be used in game play in any of the USA Baseball member organizations (Rec League).

What bats are approved for travel baseball?

Solid, one piece wood bats are approved for use under USABat with or without the USA Baseball Certification Mark. Multi-piece and composite wood bats must feature the USA Baseball Certification Mark to be approved for play.

Is USSSA or US bat hotter?

In short, any decent USSSA bat will outperform a USA Bat by a considerable margin. While it depends on a number of factors you should expect a legitimate 5 to 10% improvement in total distance and exit speeds. (That is, a 200-foot shot is now a 210 to 220-foot shot).

How can you tell if a baseball bat is illegal?

If the original bat had the ASA certification stamp (indicating batted-ball speed below 98-mph), the modified bat now well exceeds the ASA performance limit and is now illegal. The change in the composite bat is even more dramatic.

Is a USSSA bat legal for Little League?

The bats currently on the market, which are marked with a 1.15BPF stamp, will no longer be legal for play in these leagues. USSSA youth baseball will NOT be implementing this rule change to the bats.

Why are composite bats illegal?

Alan Paul explains why. But this season, for the first time, Little League is banning most composite-barrel bats because they enable kids to hit the ball too fast and too far. The moratorium follows years of percolating concern about injury rates in youth sports.

Is Marucci CAT 9 legal?

The Senior League CAT9 (-10, -8, and -5 models) and Junior Big Barrel (-10) models of the CAT9 are approved and legal for play in all USSSA Sanctioned Leagues and Tournaments. The Marucci CAT9 BBCOR (-3) is legal for play in all High School, JR/SR Little League, and other NFHS Sanctioned Events.

Which ghost bat is USSSA approved?

The Ghost -10 USSSA evenly-balanced model features 2-piece ConneXion+ technology with NITROCELL Foam, creating a lighter and better feeling connection. It is approved for play in USSSA (fastpitch only), NSA, ISA, and Little League Softball .

Can I use ASA bat in USSSA?

For instance, ASA approved bats must adhere to the 98 mph batted-ball speed standard, while bats approved for USSSA and other associations are allowed to have a much hotter 100+ mph batted ball speed and a bat performance factor (BPF) of 1.20 or sometimes more. You can find a full rundown of rules and regulations here.

Which USSSA bat has the biggest sweet spot?

2022 Easton Maxum Ultra USSSA

Boasting one of the biggest sweet spots of any 2022 Bat, the 2022 Easton Maxum Ultra will be a great option for those looking to square up each pitch in the zone for 2022.

Are composite bats illegal?

High school (NFHS) and Collegiate play are governed under the BBCOR standards. Metal or composite bats are not allowed in the MLB or its affiliates.

Is the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen illegal?

The CF Zen for 2017 (the blue one pictured below) is illegal in USSSA play. That is the 2 3/4 drop 10. As well, the 2017 CF Zen in a 2 5/8 with a drop 8 (that is a green/white version pictured below) is also illegal. DeMarini made new versions of these bats that have an orange end cap and a new serial number.

Can rolled bats be detected?

It’s often said that a properly rolled bat can’t be detected. Those who are in the business of rolling bats often advertise their services this way, guaranteeing that no umpire will be able to tell that your bat has been altered.

How do you tell if a bat has been rolled or shaved?

It isn’t easy to tell if a bat has been shaved, but it is far from impossible. The most common way is by compression testing—too low a compression and the bat has likely been manipulated. Compression testers are not cheap, but as an industry standard, there is nothing more reliable.

Is a chipped bat illegal in MLB?

Wooden, metal, graphite or ceramic bats manufactured for baseball play, which are round and not more than two and five eighths inches in diameter at the thickest part, not more than 42 inches in length, are acceptable. No bat shall be used if dented, cracked, modified or misshaped.

What is the best USSSA bat of all time?

Best USSSA Bats 2020

  • Combat B2.
  • DeMarini Voodoo Balanced.
  • Easton ADV 360.
  • Easton Maxum.
  • Louisville Slugger Prime.
  • Louisville Slugger Solo.
  • Rawlings VELO ACP.
  • Rawlings Quatro Pro (See Rating)

Which bat is better DeMarini or Marucci?

Most of our head to head comparisons have results that suggest the bats are no different in performance. However, a 3+ mph difference on 30 hits is a considerable difference. For this particular hitter, it is safe to say the CF performs better in a drop five than the Marucci CAT 8 in a drop 5.

Is a drop 8 or drop 10 better?

Fundamentally, there are no differences between Drop 8 and Drop 10 bats other than the scale weight. Although each USSSA brand and model has its own vibe, the industry generally holds to these rules when moving from a drop 8 to a drop 10.