What are the different Bat Certifications?
As bat certifications continue to change we are here to try to help you sort out what they mean and which one you need on your bat. First and foremost what standard does your league use? You should check with your coach or league to make sure what bat certifications are required to avoid purchasing a bat you cannot use.
What does BPF mean? Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. The major baseball and softball organizations have adopted the BPF standard to determine whether a bat is legal for play.
BASEBALL BAT CERTIFICATIONS
- BBCOR (0.50 BPF): Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution. This certification is the standard that regulates the overall performance of adult bats used by high school and collegiate players. BBCOR measures the trampoline effect of the bat. BBCOR bats are only made in a drop 3 (-3) or minus 3 and have a 2 5/8" Barrel. Search available BBCOR Certified Baseball Bats.
- USSSA (1.15 BPF): Bat Performance Factor measures how fast the ball comes off of the bat. 1.15 is the standard for travel baseball bats. Includes 2 1/4" Barrel, 2 5/8" Barrel, & 2 3/4" Barrel bats. Search available USSSA 1.15 Certified Baseball Bats.
- New NTS Stamp (2020): Nothing is Changing with the Current Standard and Both Stamps are LEGAL! There is nothing to worry about the new stamp simply denotes the new bats that are tested at the NTS Facility.
- USA Baseball (Little League): Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball will adhere to the new USABat standard. NO bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. USA Baseball believes that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood and BBCOR bats. USA Baseball bats can be 2 5/8" Barrel or smaller. For more information read our New USA Baseball Standard post. Search available USA Baseball Certified Bats.
FASTPITCH SOFTBALL BAT CERTIFICATIONS
- USA (ASA) / NSA / USSSA: Bats that meets USA (ASA)'s 98 MPH certification and the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.20 for NSA and USSSA. Almost all Fastpitch softball bats meet both standards. Search available ASA / NSA / USSSA Certified Fastpitch Bats.
- ASA Has changed their name to USA. Both Stamps are Legal and will be the USA stamp moving forward.
ASA Only: Bats that only meet the ASA 98 MPH standard and NOT the 1.20 BPF standard, including the Easton Ghost.
SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL BAT CERTIFICATIONS
- USA (ASA) (98 MPH / ASA Only): There are two different standards for ASA for Slowpitch and Fastpitch softball governed leagues. The traditional 2004 98 MPH certification that can be found on All Association (ASA / NSA / USSSA) bats and the ASA Only 2013 certification. All association bats will perform at about 98 MPH while the ASA Only bats will preform at about 100 MPH. Search available All Association Slowpitch Softball Bats or ASA Only Slowpitch Softball Bats.
- NSA (1.20 BPF): Bat Performance Factor for Slowpitch softball governed leagues. Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. Search available NSA Slowpitch Softball Bats.
- USSSA (Thumbprint or 220 lb Compression): Bat Performance Factor for Slowpitch softball governed leagues. Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. Search available USSSA Slowpitch Softball Bats.
- UPDATE 11/17/22: BANNED from USSSA Slowpitch Tournament Play starting 1/1/23. Still Legal for USSSA League Play. As of September 1st, 2020 Bat Manufacturers can no longer make USSSA bats to this Standard. They must meet their new 240 NTS Standard. 220 lb Bats have more pop than 240 lb compression bats!
- USSSA (240 lb Compression): New NTS USSSA Bats have a higher compression than the Thumbprint models meaning that they will have less pop to them. As of September 1, 2020 Bat Manufacturers can only make USSSA bats that meet the 240 lb Compression test with this New USSSA NTS Stamp. Search available USSSA Slowpitch Softball Bats.
USSSA Slowpitch Bat Comparison
Current USSSA Stamp: BANNED from ALL Tournament Play beginning 1/1/2023.
These meet the 220 lb compression testing. Manufacturers can no longer make the Current 1.20 BPF USSSA Bats.
220 Bats can continue to be made for NSA but will not have a USSSA Stamp.
The new 240 lb compression USSSA Bats with the NTS stamp (Left) will have less pop than the 1.20 BPF versions.
These are all that can be made moving forward.
- 1.21 BPF: Bat Performance Factor for Slowpitch senior softball leagues such as SSUSA. Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. Search available SSUSA Senior Slowpitch Softball Bats.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ASSOCIATIONS
- ASA: Amateur Softball Association.
- NSA: National Softball Association.
- USSSA: United States Specialty Sports Association.
- SSUSA: Senior Softball-USA
- ISA: Independent Softball Association.
- ISF: International Softball Federation.