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Rule 3, Sec. 1m
Issued – 10 June 2008
WBSC – SD – CERTIFIED BATS
A reminder to all National Federations and your coaches, players and umpires that the current WBSC bat certification standard (adopted at the 2005 Congress) is the ASTM high-speed batted ball test (100mph). This pertains to bats allowed for use in WBSC competitions or WBSC-sanctioned tournaments, such as World Championships, Olympic Qualifiers, the Olympics, and others. August 31, 2008 will mark the end of the period during which bats that complied with the previous WBSC bat performance standard (1.20 BPF) shall be permitted to be used in WBSC play.
WBSC – SD ADU Comments
The new approved bats will be identified with ISF 100MPH BBS labelling. A list of currently approved bats (whether from the old 1.20 BPF standard or the current ASTM high-speed batted ball test standard) may be viewed here.
Current Rule Reference
Rule 3 Sec 1m
PITCHING REGULATION (Fast Pitch Only)
POINTS OF EMPHASIS
The following are the major revision to the WBSC Official Rules of Softball. There are other changes not noted here that are merely housekeeping changes which involve revisions to grammar, sentence structure or clearer wording. Housekeeping changes do not affect the intent or meaning of the rule.read more
It was felt that to rule the bat as illegal, would be unfair to players or teams who purchased the bat after checking the Approved Softball Bat List.read more
The incorporation of a white, grey or yellow optic circle giving the appearance of a ball on the uniform or official equipment or within the team name or logo.read more
Any player may wear a glove, but only the catcher and first base may use mitts.
b. Gloves worn by any player and may be any combination of colors, provided none of the colors (including the lacing) are the color of the ball.
There is a possibility of a misunderstanding when reading the aforementioned rules together. Unfortunately it will take a rule change to totally clear up, however we cannot do a rule change this year. Until the rules change, we will have separate rulings under Rule 7 Sec 1 f Effect and Rule 8 Sec 2 k. Exception. Rule 8 Sec 2 k Exception will not apply to the on-deck batter who is covered under Rule 7 Sec 1 f Effect.read more
No outs, Runner on 3rd base. Pitcher makes a pitch, the first base umpire calls “illegal pitch”, the batter swings at the pitch, but is obstructed by the catcher, despite the obstruction the batter hits safely to F9. How does the play stand?read more
R2 on 2B. B4 bats a short hit to F8 who throws to F2 in an attempt to retire R2. The throw hits the bat which was discarded by the batter in front of home plate after R2 scored, B4 advances to 2B.read more