For the 2018 SPN has updated the allowable bats. The Bat policy now states that SPN will only accept bats with the USSSA thumbprint logo on it. This bat policy makes it very simple for umpires and other players to know what is legal or illegal. If it has the logo on the bat, it is legal. See attached image that shows which identifiers are required for the bat to be compliant with the policy.
Although SPN has changed the policy leagues are able to use the policy from last year still. WWSPL will be opting to do this for the 2018 season but will be following the updated SPN policies in 2019 (which could change from this policy). Please note that although WWSPL is following our previous years policy if you play outside WWSPL you will need to follow the bat policy that is being followed.
Previous Bat Policy
of January 1st, 2012, Slo-Pitch National will be recognizing and accepting the
New USSSA bat testing methods for use in the SPN program.
All 2012 USSSA Bats marked with the “NEW (1.20 BPF) USSSA STAMP ON THE TAPER OF THE BAT” will be allowed in the SPN program.
ALL new bats manufactured after January 1, 2012 “MUST CARRY THE NEW USSSA STAMP”.
SPN will also continue to use the 2000, 2004 ASA and ISF stamps and the Non Approved bat list.
The following link is picture view of the bat policy.
The following is a statement released by ASA:
IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING NEWLY ADDED BANNED BATS
The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, in working with Easton Baseball/Softball Inc. (Easton), announced today that Easton is voluntarily removing the following softball bat models from the ASA/USA list of certified bats: SCN1, SCN11BH, SCN1B, SCN2B, SCN3, SCN4B, SCN5, SCN5B, SCN6B, SCN7, SCN7B, SCN8, SCN8B, SCN9, SCX14, SCX14B, SCX24B, AND SCX3.
Here is a link to the banned bats:
1. Any Easton Synergy or Stealth bat that DOES NOT HAVE a USSSA stamp is NOW ILLEGAL.
2. Any Easton Synergy or Stealth bat with a USSSA stamp is legal.