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Bat Resource Guide

Softball Governing Bodies

When your new bat is delivered to you, probably one of the first things you do is inspect it. In this process of looking over your bat you probably notice some anachronisms like ASA, USSSA, ISA, NSA and ISF. These are letters identifying the governing bodies that certify that this bat is acceptable for play in a given league or tournament sanctioned by the association. There are roughly 20 governing bodies in softball which maybe easily recognizable. There are however, five which we might consider as the major bodies. These five are the: Amateur Softball Association (ASA), United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), Independent Softball Association (ISA), the National Softball Association (NSA), and the International Softball Federation (ISF). Even though these governing bodies may follow similar guidelines and rules each governing body is separate from the others. Therefore, you must adhere to that specific governing body pending your league or tournament play. One can begin appreciate the complexity of the governing bodies relationships. No matter what governing body one might play under there are more similarities than differences. Every organization has a set of rules which promote consistent, fair, and safe play. One of the most interesting differences is in the certification of bats.

USSSA and NSA also test bats for certification. Those associations use a test developed by Dr. Brant a physics professor at New York University. This test, as attested by many players, allows for greater ball acceleration off the bat. On the field we might say these bats have more pop. Some people, possible erroneously, have referred to these bats as 100 + mph bats.

To get more detailed information on the certification procedures one can access the individual governing bodies’ web sites or contact them directly. At these sites you can also find information on bats that are certified and those that are not approved for play in a particular association.


  1. Which wood should I order?
  2. How do I determine the right length bat for me?
  3. Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection
  4. So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?
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Which wood should I order?

We offer our bats in 3 different wood types

  • Maple is the hardest, stiffest wood so it hits further and is most resistant to breakage but has very little flex
  • Birch is a bit less dense than maple and has some flex, it’s performance is between maple and ash
  • Ash is the least dense and most flexible- the grain on ash bats flakes after heavy use and it performs about 15-20% less than maple and is more prone to breakage. Players like ash because they grew up with it (prior to 1998, it was the only wood used to make bats after WWII) 

 

How do I determine the right length bat for me?

Below is a chart that will give you helpful information regarding a ballpark average for your child. Please remember that the chart only gives averages and does not take into account a players personal preferences. Some players may like a longer bat while others prefer a short bat, and some may like a heavier bat or some may prefer a lighter bat. But what this chart does give you is a starting position to begin your search for a new bat.


Height (in inches)
 

(Pounds)

36-40" 41-44" 45-48" 49-52" 53-56" 57-60" 61-64" 65-68" 69-72" 73"+
Under 60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"



61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"



71-80
28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"


81-90 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"

91-100
28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

101-110
29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

111-120
29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
121-130
29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 32"
131-140
29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33"
141-150

30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"
151-160

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 33"
161-170

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171-180
30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
180+

31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
 

Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection

Weight:

As a general rule, bigger, stronger players usually prefer a heavier bat for maximum power. Smaller players usually benefit from a lighter bat that allows greater bat speed. To determine the weight that’s right for you, swing a variety of bats and see how much weight you’re comfortable with.

Length:

Length and weight combine for peak performance. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the other side of the plate. But remember that a longer bat may be heavier, and the extra weight could slow you down. Like checking the weight, you need to swing bats of different lengths to decide what length best suits you.

League Requirements:

All Adult Baseball Bats are required to meet the BBCOR Certification, which makes the bat approved for high school and college level play. Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Bats can best be described as: This bat is designed for players between 13 and 15 years of age as well as younger players whose leagues allow bat diameters larger than 2 1/4 inch. While Youth Baseball Bats can be described as: This bat is approved by ALL youth leagues that allow 2 1/4 inch barrel diameters. To avoid costly surprises, make sure you know all league requirements before you go bat shopping.

Feel:

This may be the most important factor. Make sure the bat feels right to you, like an extension of your arm and hand. After all, you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time together.

 

So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?

You want to be comfortable and confident with your bat before you swing it in a win-or-lose situation, so take it to the practice field or batting cage and get in a few hits. Take a look at our Baseball and Softball Bat Care section to get tips on how to make your bat last as long as possible. Confidence can only come from one thing: batting practice. Whatever bat you choose, put in plenty of practice time, so you’ll be ready when the pressure’s on at the plate.