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Rule 3, Sec. 1m

Rule Clarification
Issued – 10 June 2008

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

Technical Bulletin – 2014 – 03

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.

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Technical Bulletin 2014 – 02

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.

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Rule Reference – Rule 3 Sec 4

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.

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Rule Reference – Rule 7 Sec 1 f Effect and Rule 8 Sec 2 k

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.

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