Bat Rules

This is a link to the NSA Canada site with more information on approved and non approved bats….

NSA Canada Approved Bat List

NSA Canada since its inception in 1997 has always adhered to the bat testing procedure commonly known as BPF 1.20 which stands for Bat Performance Factor Test. This bat testing procedure has continually evolved throughout the years.

The first test starting out as BPF 1.2 this test rounded down any softball bats that tested 1.205 and below. All bats that tested below 1.205 were rounded down to BPF 1.2.

The second development in the BPF test which happened in 2004 was that all BPF tested softball bats could no longer exceed 1.20 the Zero was then added to the BPF 1.2 test and rounding down was no longer allowed.

The third development in the BPF bat test which took effect January 1st 2013 is much the same as the earlier second test other than now at no time during the life of the bat can it exceed 1.20. As we are all aware composite bats have always had a breaking in period to which they became livelier after the break in period. To simply explain this new test, the bat is tested until it exceeds 1.20 to which it then fails the test or the bat is tested until it breaks and if it breaks before it exceeds 1.20 it passes the new BPF 1.20 test.

NSA Canada Bat Policy for Approved Play

All softball bat models or manufactured bats that appear on the website are approved for play in NSA Canada if the manufacture or the bat model does not appear then that particular softball bat is not approved for play within NSA Canada.

As of January 1st 2013 bats approved for play made by our approved manufactures must have one or all of the following logos.


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