New USSSA Bat Stamp For 2013

By now, most softball players know there is a new stamp required on January 1st, 2013 for USSSA softball bats. All USSSA softball bats labeled as 2013 will have the spiffy new finger print stamp.

The 2013 USSSA softball bat rule is similar to the ASA bat rule from a few years back: 2013 softball bats will not be allowed to exceed 1.20 BPF at any point in their lifespan, meaning break-in time will be cut from a few hundred swings to a few dozen swings on most softball bats.

Upon exceeding the 1.20 BPF, bats will develop spiraling “cracks” up and down the barrel of the bat, indicating the bat should be removed from play.

Don’t throw your old USSSA softball bat away just yet.

Many private fields like Big League Dreams are expected to allow the old USSSA standard softball bats indefinitely. Moreover, many tournaments will still allow the old USSSA bats as well.

The 2013 and 2014 Easton, Miken, and Worth softball bats all carry the new USSSA stamp.

Individuals are rapidly buying up any remaining softball bats with the old standard, knowing that they can no longer be made, they will be in high demand for leagues and tournaments that do not acknowledge the new standard.

ASA To End “Grandfathering” Of Pre 2008 ASA Softball Bats In Early 2012?

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UPDATE: This did not come to pass. We have heard from ASA officials that ASA would rather use a softer softball to curb bat performance, rather than change the bat rules again.

2008 and prior ASA softball bats that were grandfathered in and legal for play in ASA, will no longer be legal in a few weeks. More to come.

This means your Easton Extended, Easton SCN8 and all other pre abi (advanced break in) bats are going to be worthless in about week (according to what we heard).

2012-2013 Worth Slow Pitch Softball Bats

Worth Sports has announced seven new composite slow pitch softball bats for the upcoming season.

New Worth Softball Bats:

  • Worth 454 Legit USSSA
  • Worth 454 Legit ASA
  • Worth 454 Legit Resmondo USSSA
  • Worth 454 Resmondo ASA
  • Worth Titan 5.4L USSSA
  • Worth BJ Fulk ASA
  • Worth Senior Softball 454 (No warranty)

The major change in the new Worth softball bats is a switch over from the current USSSA standard to the new standard that goes into place on January 1st, 2013. The new standard adopted by USSSA basically prevents slow pitch softball bats from breaking in over the 1.20 BPF standard, not unlike what ASA did a couple of years ago.

Worth 454 Legit Softball Bat SB4LUS

Worth 454 Legit Softball Bat SB4LUS

2012 Anderson NanoTek Baseball Bats and Softball Bats Go Composite

Since 1999, when Anderson made their first softball bat, there has been only one composite bat to come out of their company, the Anderson Matrix for slow pitch softball.

For 2012, across it’s entire line, they are releasing the Anderson NanoTek with a composite handle in both baseball bats and softball bats.

The Anderson NanoTek BBCOR baseball bat has been in the works for over a year and is expected to hit stores sometime in October or November, 2011

We have an email into Anderson requesting more information regarding the composite material they are using in the new NanoTek bats and we will update this post as soon as we get the down and dirty details.

Easton Salvo Softball Bat – The Best Softball Bat Ever?

The Easton Salvo softball bat may be the hottest softball bat ever made for ASA in the ABI (Advanced Break In) era.  The Salvo was released in 2010, since then it has set sales records at Easton. Easton has decided NOT to change the Salvo (SRV5) for the 2011 softball season. It is a pretty bold claim, but the Salvo may be the best bat purchase for ASA you could ever make.

Easton Salvo Conspiracy? – Some competitors, softball reviewers and message boards have claimed that after “break in” the Easton Salvo does not conform to the ASA softball bat standard of 98 MPH. Others have even claimed that ASA is looking the other way on the Easton Salvo being too hot because of the 2009 debacle of Easton’s line of softball bats that were supposed to prevent shaving and rolling. Easton’s “see through” softball bat were a sales disaster when no other manufacturers did anything to discourage cheating and ASA did not live up to it’s end of the bargain on enforcement. It is important to note that this is a RUMOR and not likely true. One would have to believe that ASA and Easton would get into heaps of legal trouble if it were true and someone got hit by a Salvo.

Easton Salvo Specs – The Easton Salvo came onto the market at a price of $199.99 and has remained unchanged since it was launched. With a 12″ barrel, the Easton Salvo has a smaller sweet spot than most softball bats. The Salvo has a very slight end load which helps the batter whip the barrel of the softball bat around the zone. The composite used is Easton’s IMX or Integrated Matrix Technology, developed for use in the aerospace industry. In order to allow for better feedback to the batter, this bat is one solid piece of composite, there is no rubber Connexion separating the handle from the barrel.

Easton Salvo Break In takes about 100 to 200 swings according to most owners we spoke to.

Easton Salvo Durability is overall, very good. Some Salvo owners have put several thousand hits on their softball bats with only minor wear and tear. There will always be some bats that break early in their life due to a defect in the manufacturing process, but that is why you get a warranty on most softball bats.

Easton Salvo End Cap – When Easton first released the Salvo softball bat, it came with an all black molded plastic end cap with an Easton logo on it. Early in 2011 Salvo’s started hitting the market with Easton’s updated “Orange E” end cap. Some owners claim that the different end caps indicate “first batch” or “second batch” Salvo’s. From my experience, most people think the “second batch” with the orange sticker is hotter, but many believe that the new “Orange E” end cap is merely a sticker and has nothing to do with how the bat will perform. (Note: Many incorrectly believe the orange E indicates first batch)

Easton Salvo End Cap Orange

Easton Salvo Orange End Cap Sticker

Easton Salvo Vibration – Vibration is minimal on this Easton softball bat. Even on poorly hit balls, the consensus is this bat feels solid.

Summary – At below $200 it hits as well as a $300 dollar bat. Almost illegal pop, durability and value make the Salvo a great choice. All things considered, the Easton Salvo softball bat for ASA is currently the best bat buy in softball.

Buy the Easton Salvo

New batch of Easton Slow Pitch Softball Bats Hit the Market

Easton just released four new slow pitch softball bats today to dealers.

For the ASA side. The two piece Stealth Speed XL Easton SSR4 sports updated graphics for 2012 and is the same bat as of the blue/silver SSR2.

The Easton Brett Helmer SRV6BH Synergy has a smaller but more responsive 12″ barrel and replaces the red SRV3 (also the same bat with new graphics).

As for USSSA goes, the Stealth SCN19 with Tri Zone technology is a two piece softball bat with the patented Easton Connexion rubber piece to prevent sting.

And finally, the Easton SCN20BW Synergy rounds out the four new Easton softball bats. The new USSSA Easton Synergy is a one piece composite bat that provides ultimate feedback to the hitter with every swing.

Easton Synergy Speed SRV5B (-9oz) No Longer Legal In NCAA Play

CompositeBats.com has learned that NCAA and Easton have mutually pulled the 2011 Easton Synergy Speed SRV5B -9oz fast pitch softball bat from play in NCAA. We are unaware if a bat replacement program will be initiated by Easton but it is extremely likely that Easton will replace the bat for effected customers.

Please note that the Synergy Speed SRV5B is still legal in High School play.

2012 DeMarini CF5 Hope Fastpitch Softball Bat Announced

Once again Demarini will be realeasing a special Hope version of it’s most popular softball bat.  Demarini will donate a portion of the 2012 Demarini CF5 Hope Softball Bat to fight breast cancer.

Look for the Demarini Hope CF5 softball bat to arrive in stores in late April or early May. The regular version of the Demarini CF5 fastpitch softball bat will arrive in June, 2011. It is exactly the same bat but without the special “Hope” graphics

We will post pictures as soon as we have permission from DeMarini.

[Updated March 29th] Demarini has allowed us to show pictures of the new CF5 softball bat. It will use an all new composite that is the strongest and lightest composite material ever in a softball bat. The larger sweetspot from the new composite in the bat handle and barrel should make the 2012 Demarini CF5 the best softball bat ever made.

All of the 2012 Demarini CF5 Softball Bats will sell for $299.95 (with free 2nd day air shipping from CheapBats.com)

Demarini CF5 Hope

Demarini CF5 Hope Softball Bat for 2012

2012 Demarini CF5 Hope

Demarini CF5 Softball Bat

Composite Softball Bats – No News Is Good News in Slow Pitch and Fast Pitch

Slow Pitch Softball bats and Fastpitch Softball bats show no signs of being banned. ASA and USSSA have been responsible and worked with the softball bat manufacturers to implement strict standards rather than use a broad ban like Little League.

Composite Softball Bats and Composite Baseball Bats

Composite Bats quickly became a popular alternative to aluminum alloy softball and baseball bats in the mid 2000’s. Currently, nearly every manufacturer of baseball bats and softball bats produces composite bats. Composite bats ushered in a new era where the sweet spot of a baseball bat could be finely tuned by adding or subtracting carbon fiber mesh in certain areas of the bat. Due to the strength of the composite material in the bats, bat makers could make the walls thinner while still maintaining structural integrity. This advance in baseball and softball bat making allowed for huge sweet spots and nearly made vibration a thing of the past.