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USA Softball unveils new equipment Certification Marks

April 12, 2019, 3:49 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball has unveiled the new Certification Marks for USA Softball Championship Play. These Certification Marks, which are visible on all bats and balls on USA Softball’s Certified Equipment, have been approved to be implemented immediately.

Certification Marks for Bats

Per the Official Rules of Softball, the official bat for USA Softball Championship Play must meet all the USA Softball specifications and the requirements of Rule 3, Section 1. Bats bearing the Certification Marks from 2000, 2004 and 2013 will be grandfathered in so long as they are not on the Non-Approved Bat List with the 2000 or 2004 Certification Mark. Bats must be included on a list of approved bat models published by USA Softball or must, in the sole opinion and discretion of the umpire, have been manufactured prior to 2000 and if tested, would comply with the USA Softball Bat Performance. This includes wooden bats, while Senior softball bats may be used in Senior Championship Play only.

There are two types of USA Softball Certification Marks for bats, one for all divisions of play and one only for Adult Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch.


All Games

Adult Fast Pitch and

all Slow Pitch


Certification Marks for Balls

For USA Softball Championship Play, players may use only balls which meet all requirements of USA Softball Official Rules of Softball Rule 3, Section 3. Previous Certification Marks will be grandfathered in.

There are two types of USA Softball Certification Marks for balls. One signifies Ball Compression of 300 pounds or less while the other signifies Ball Compression of 301-to-375 pounds.

Max Compression 300.0 lbs

Max Compression over 300.0 lbs

and less than 375 lbs

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About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,