South Carolina Fastpitch Softball

USSSA Bat Standards

APPROVED USSSA Fastpitch Bats must have the USSSA Mark (image below) on its taper.

Bat Standards Seal

*Bats which meet these rules will be allowed in USSSA Play, unless the bat is listed on the USSSA Withdrawn/Non-Compliant Bats List (found under Licensed Equipment – New Bat Rules section of the USSSA Baseball website) as a bat withdrawn by the manufacturer or found by USSSA to non-compliant. No bat is legal in USSSA if there is any ball suggestion, limitation or requirement on the bat in permanent or other form placed on the bat by the manufacturer or otherwise set forth in any written materials of the manufacturer about the use of a bat.

Illegal Bat Penalty

RULE 7. BATTING

Sec 14. A batter shall be called out when:
A. Prior to the next pitch (legal or illegal), the batter was discovered having hit the ball with an illegal bat or non-approved bat.

EFFECT: Any runner not put out must return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch. First Offense: Team Warning; Subsequent Offense: Player Restricted to Dugout; Coach Ejected.

RULE 8. BASE RUNNING

Sec 18. Any runner is out when:
W. Prior to a pitch (legal or illegal) to the next batter, the runner was discovered having hit the ball with an illegal bat or non-approved bat.

EFFECT: Any runner not put out must return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch. First Offense: Team Warning; Subsequent Offense: Player Restricted to Dugout; Coach Ejected.

RULE 11. SPORTSMANSHIP

Sec 2. A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not:
J.2. Hit the ball with an illegal bat.

PENALTY A-J: FIRST OFFENSE is a team warning. SECOND OFFENSE and any subsequent violation the offender is restricted to the bench for the remainder of the game and their current head coach shall be ejected


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