Little League has added a new safety requirement for softball bats.
All softball bats must now have printed on them a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20.
A bat with no BPF listed, or a bat with a BPF of anything other than 1.20, is no longer permitted. For example, a bat with a BPF of 1.15 (typically used in baseball) will not be permitted in a softball game. A bat that does not have this 1.20 marking may not be used in any Little League softball game.
Before purchasing a new softball bat, parents should verify that it bears the required marking. Softball bats currently owned should also be checked for the required marking.
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Text of Little League Softball Playing Rule 1.10 (amended January 1, 2013):
The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen/sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added requiring softball bats in all divisions of play to have a 1.20 BPF.