(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada has issued the following memo to its members regarding bat certification.
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April 17, 2013
Re – New ASA Bat Certification / Changes affecting Softball Canada
The ASA has released a new certification mark for 2013. The testing standards have changed on these new stamped bats which have resulted in a livelier bat than with the old 2000 or 2004 mark that is currently approved for Softball Canada play. Currently there are no new 2004 ASA stamped bats above the weight of 25oz available in Canada. Manufacturers have stopped making these bats. Also, there are no 2013 ASA (new stamp) bats available in Canada via a retailer so supplies in Canada are limited. There are some bats available in the USA. So moving forward, based on information gathered the past several months, Softball Canada is making the following recommendations and changes for the 2013 season.
Fast Pitch – Men’s play
Fast Pitch – Women’s play
Please note that there is no ball change for 2013 in Fast Pitch.
Slo-Pitch – Men’s and Women’s Play
Please note that in Women’s play there is no changes recommended to the ball however, Softball Canada is recommending that all Slo-Pitch Men’s play should now use the 52 COR/275 lb compression Worth Optic Hot Dot ball.
Also note that per our previous memo, Softball Canada will be supplying all the bats at the upcoming 2013 Senior Men’s and Women’s Canadian Slo-Pitch Championship.
Softball Canada is highly recommending that all Provincial/Territorial Softball Associations purchase a compression tester that will be able to provide accurate testing results. These results are important in maintaining that the bat remains within the approved standards. Without this compression test, there is no means of telling when a bat goes beyond the accepted measurements and becomes too lively.
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