Bat Marks/Rules


New USSSA Fastpitch Softball Bat Marks

Effective January 1, 2014

  • Bats must have the new permanent USSSA Mark on its taper OR
  • be a Wood Bat

ALL of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee 

Effective January 1, 2012 (OLD RULE)

  • Have the new permanent USSSA Mark on its taper OR
  • Have the old permanent USSSA mark OR
  • Be a Wood Bat

ALL of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee

USSSA marks and other graphics of the bat must be applied permanently and must be applied by the USSSA licensed manufacturer. No stickers or decals are allowed and no one may add graphics to a bat once manufactured. Use of a bat with graphics not applied by the manufacturer will be use of an altered bat and subject to suspension under the USSSA Altered Bat rules. In addition to being violation of the USSSA Altered Bat rules, any use, creation or application of a USSSA mark without written permission of USSSA is a violation of Federal Trademark law and may result in prosecution by USSSA. If you have any concern about the person selling or providing you a bat, do not accept the bat, because you will be held responsible for any bat you bring into or use in a USSSA facility.

This is a reminder that the new bat standards went into effect January 1, 2014.  This means that a bat must display the stamp below for it to be legal for use. Recall that this requirement was announced two years ago in order to give everyone ample time to conform to the new standards.

Here’s the simple “why” for the improved standard: Over the past several years the number of altered bats that have found their way into the youth fastpitch program has been increasing at an alarming rate. When a bat displays this new stamp it means that the bat has been manufactured in such a way that if it ever becomes altered in order to increase performance beyond the 1.20 BPF limit then it will show very dramatic visible damage (eg, cracking) to prove that it’s been tampered with.  In short, a bat with the new stamp is either unalterable or, if altered, it becomes unusable. 

Note that the attached document titled “Illegal Bat Penalty” describes the penalty for using an illegal bat. We encourage all USSSA directors, umpires, coaches, parents and players to take the necessary steps to avoid the use of an illegal bat prior to and during a game. 

Since we don’t have email addresses for all the players we’re asking that you forward this message to every member of your team – parents and players alike – in order to remind everyone of the requirement and to prevent issues at the tournament site. 

For more information on the new bat standard see the attached two documents, “Bat Rule 3-2012” and “New USSSA Softball Bat Marks”.