USSSA Softball Bat Marks

As of January 1, 2013, United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) required all bats be stamped with the new USSSA mark. This rule was passed in 2011, and 2012 was considered as a grandfathering-in year. The rule has been posted on the USSSA website for the past two (2) years.

USSSA is the first national sports association to work directly with bat manufacturers with the sole intent of making the game of softball safer for all participants. This rule was created in response to the multitude of appeals received by USSSA and its bat manufacturers concerning the danger of altered bats, which are a serious threat to the safety of both pitchers and infielders. Additionally, bat manufacturers faced potentially expensive lawsuits due to their product being intentionally altered by players.  This new stamp rule was instituted by USSSA and manufacturers to stop the illegal alteration of bats.

USSSA tournament directors must and will enforce this bat stamp rule. And with 2012 being a grandfathered-in year, our tournament directors began enforcing this rule in earnest as of January 1, 2013.  We realize it is costly to purchase new bats with the USSSA stamp. However, players must also realize that USSSA received thousands of complaints over the years concerning the dangerous altering of bats. Subsequently, both players and coaches demanded that something be done to remedy the situation. This bat stamp is a step in the right direction and requires the support of players and managers, as well as USSSA tournament directors.  USSSA is concerned about all its participants - this rule was designed and is being enforced with your safety as our #1 priority.

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