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Learn About USSSA Baseball Bats

USSSA, United States Speciality Sports Association, is commonly thought of as the governing body of tournaments or “travel ball.” Consequently, they have created the 1.15BPF stamp which must be displayed on all bats used in their events. This is a measurement of how fast the ball comes off the bat after contact. Effectively, a 1.15 BPF means an increase of 15% compared to a solid object. Additionally, the barrel diameter cannot exceed 2 3/4“. USSSA bats are allowed to perform at a higher level than other bats such as USA bats. This performance benefit makes them the preferred choice for players playing in USSSA events. They come in a variety of lengths and drops, so be sure to select the one that is best for you by clicking our sizing guide here.

How to Choose the Right USSSA Baseball Bat for You

When selecting a USSSA bat, the array of options can be overwhelming, especially considering the various lengths and drops available. Our comprehensive baseball bat buying guide and baseball bat size chart can assist you in making an informed choice. Additionally, it's imperative to consider the USSSA Guidelines, which specify the allowable drop for each age group, ensuring compliance with regulations. After determining the appropriate length and weight, the next step is to opt for a suitable bat material. You have the choice between aluminum or composite bats, available in either one-piece or two-piece construction. Understanding the distinctions is key: One-piece bats offer a firmer feel upon contact, facilitating greater energy transfer, but may transmit more vibrations to the hands. Conversely, two-piece bats offer some flexibility, allowing for increased whip upon contact, typically boasting a larger barrel, and minimizing vibrations to the hands. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each option and select the one that aligns best with your playing style and preferences.

USSSA Bat Size Chart


USSSA Baseball Bats FAQs

What are the USSSA bat drop rules?

The minimum drop USSSA restricts all ages 13U to is a -8. In 14U the lightest bat you can use is a -5. However, in ages younger than 13U there is no restriction on weight or length as long as the bat has a USSSA BPF 1.15 stamp.

Why can’t Little League use USSSA bats?

Little League and USSA are two separate youth baseball organizations and have different rules and regulations for the bats you can use. USSSA bats are higher performing than USA bats and therefore do not meet the safety standards set by Little League. Only USA bats can be used in Little League.

Can you use a USSSA bat in USA Baseball?

No, USSSA bats are not allowed in USA Baseball. USSSA bats are allowed to perform at a higher level giving hitters an advantage when compared to USA baseball bats. Consequently, they are not allowed and players are restricted to only USA-approved bats in USA Baseball events.

Can you use USSSA bats in travel ball?

Yes, USSSA bats are typically used in travel ball tournaments. However, you should check your tournament’s rules for the bat guidelines. When given the choice, it is recommended hitters swing a USSSA baseball bat. USSSA bats are allowed to perform at a higher level giving hitters an advantage when compared to USA baseball bats.

At what age can kids use USSSA bats?

USSSA bats are for players aged 8U-14U playing in USSSA events or events that follow USSSA bat rules.

What does the 1.15 mean on a USSSA bat?

The "1.15" on a USSSA bat refers to the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) standard for USSSA-approved bats. It's a measurement that represents the "exit speed ratio" of the bat, which compares the speed of the ball coming off the bat to the initial pitch speed. In simpler terms, it measures the "pop" or "trampoline effect" of the bat. Effectively, a 1.15 BPF means the bat is limited to an energy increase of 15% compared to a solid object.

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