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In April of 2024, perfect game has banned the drop 5 Easton Hype Fire. However, it is still legal in USSSA at large. Other bats are currently unaffected.

Recent Illegal Bat Announcements

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On April 8th, 2024, the Perfect Game announced that all the drop 5 Hype Fires from Easton are banned from play. This currently only affects Perfect Game and does not apply to USSSA at large. Easton has yet to comment. Major Easton outlets have suggested this was news to Easton on Sunday (April 7th).

From what we gather online and from a few sources, PG had severe injury incidents and unilaterally *suspended* the bat. The drop 8 and drop 10 versions are NOT suspended.

There is no telling if this will spread to USSSA as a whole or to other drops of the bats. As of now, the drop 5 is an approved drop 5 USSSA bat and, except for PG-affiliated events, is entirely legal.

Not a lot in baseball and fastpitch has yet been deemed illegal in since January 2024, the last illegality was confirmed in baseball in August of 2022.

Slowpitch softball, which we try to cover below, seems to have so many that it’s hard to keep track of.

For a list of approved BBCOR and USA bats, check out our BBCOR-approved bat list and our USA-approved bat list.

Stinger Missile 2 – 33/30 BBCOR

In August 2022, the Stinger Missile II in BBCOR was found to be overperforming the limit. The 33-inch model has been declared illegal and banned effective immediately.

Cooperstown All-Star Village

Cooperstown All-Star Village has banned all bats with an old USSSA stamp.

Perfect Game Bat Bans 2021

Starting in 2021, Perfect Game has banned all USSSA banned bats, the 2017 DeMarini CF drop 5, the 2016 USSSA CF8 line of bats (5, 8, 10), and the 2015 CF7 in a drop 5, and the 2015 Eaton XL1 in a drop 5.

NCAA 2020 Meta

As of 2/21, the 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta in a 33-inch has been decertified (made illegal) for NCAA play.

High School (NFHS) 2020 Meta

In 3/2/2020, the 2020 Meta Prime in a 33-inch was declared illegal for play in NFHS. The 2019 version of the bat (the red one) is still legal in both NFHS and NCAA.

For more information, check out our guide to baseball bat rules.

Illegal Baseball Bats as of 5/9/2023

YearLeagueBrandModelLink
2017USSSADeMarini2 3/4 Drop 10 (blue/white)*Amazon
2017USSSADeMarini2 5/8 Drop 8 (green/white)*Amazon
2018USA BatsEastonGhost X 30-inchAmazon
2022BBCORStinger Missle II33-incheBay
2020BBCORSlugger Meta 3333-inchAmazon
2018USSSADirty South BatsKAMO (**Sizes)
BBCORMattinglyBalistk
BBCORNikeCX2eBay
BBCORSluggerTPX DynastyeBay
BBCORMarucciCAT 5^2eBay
BBCORReebokTLSeBay

*The 2017 CF Zen USSSA lost its 1.15 certification in all sizes and lengths of the drop 10 2 3/4 (blue and white) and drop 8 (green and white). As well, the bats zero dark thirty and custom versions are also decertified. Serial numbers that start with: WTDXCBR & WTDXCBZ.

**The DSB KAMO lost its 1.15 certification in the 31 and 32 drop 10 (so 31/21 & 32/22) as well as the 30, 31, and 32 drop 8 (30/22, 31/23, 32/24).

The DeMarini 2018 CF Zen: LEGAL

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After a huge amount of clamor, USSSA decided that the 2018 CF Zen is now re-LEGAL for play. They are removed from the banned list. We have updated the information below. You can find insight/return information via DeMarini here.

Updated 6/6/2018

After their first further consideration, all sizes in the CBZ drop 10 DeMarini 2018 CF Zen are LEGAL for play.

Updated: 5/4/2018

USSSA adds the 28, 29, and 30-inch 2018 CF Zen to the banned list, including the 31 and 32 of the same bat. They also clarify the 2018 Ghost X USA will NOT be allowed in USSSA games.

You can read about CF Zen’s legal problems in more detail here.

2018 Easton USA Ghost X 30/20: NOT LEGAL

Updated: 5/3/2018

USA Baseball decertified (made illegal) the USA Easton Ghost X bat in a 30-inch drop 10in the 30/20 on 5/3/2018.

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From what we’ve read on social media, Easton is offering a $500 voucher on their website for the return of a legitimately purchased USA Ghost X.

Return questions via Easton can be directed toEaston via email atghostreturn@easton.comor 1-844-531-7079.

More information can be found on USA Bats decertified bats page.

Dirty South Bats KAMO: NOT LEGAL

Also…

The USSSA announced on 4/12/2018 at 4 pm PST that the Dirty South KAMO with serial numberBB KA 8 is illegal for play in the following sizes: two drop 10’s and three drop 8’s (30/22 31/21 32/22 31/23 32/24).

Illegal Bat Lists | Busted for Bombing Baseball and Softball | BatDigest.com (4) The DSB KAMO (BB KA 8) has been withdrawn from USSSA play. This means, in not so many words, the bat is now banned from play. This includes the 30/22, 31/21, 32/22, 31/23, 32/24.

All the people saying Dirty South bats were hot were, clearly, right. A little too much so.

We are sure it is a massive headache to deal with, but they might take some solace in knowing they are in good company for what it’s worth. They don’t make crappy bats illegal. (See our DSB Made USA Bat Review. This one is perfectly legal). And we should note several of the KAMOs are still permitted.

Will they (DSB) be able to withstand the capital and inventory issues associated with getting a marquee bat of theirs recalled? If they can, expect them to get a long-term bump (akin to Anderson and Techzilla).

These bats are the banned KAMOs (including three drop 8’s and two drop 10’s).

  • 30/22
  • 31/23
  • 32/24
  • 31/21
  • 32/22

2017 DeMarini CF Zen Banning

With the recent, and rather high profile, “temporary” decertificationof the 2 3/4 DeMarini CF Zen drop 10, we wondered what other bats have been de-certified over the years. It is not easy to find such a list. Likely, we have decided, because there have not been many baseball bats over the years that have been banned. Slowpitch softball has seen the worst offenders—with at least a dozen bats getting banned over the years. In the baseball space, we have found only three in the last five, and we have yet to find a fastpitch bat to get the boot.

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Illegal Bat List Sources

A few sites had a good list of softball bats that have been banned over the years. It does not look to be updated very recently but it was useful nonetheless. As well, SFsoftball has a similar list.

On the baseball side, one league site has at least some information on what bats are banned. The Texas Association of Sports Officials appears to be keeping at least some tabs on what bats are illegal.

Although it does not tell you what bats are decertified, the WSU sitetells you what bats may have been initially certified.

De-certification Processes

To become certified, a bat must pass a particular standard the governing body sets. An independent sports science lab performs these tests at a major university. If the bat passes, it is eligible to carry the stamping of the association.

However, throughout the year, governing bodies randomly test bats. Picture it much like random drug testing at the Olympics. These governing bodies can buy the bats directly on the shelf or take them from tournaments now. They are sent to the lab and then tested.

If a bat does not pass, it is removed from play and becomes “decertified.”

Older Illegal Baseball Bats

Although likely others, we can find three bats that have lost their certification over the last few years in the baseball space. They include the CF ZEN 2 3/4 Drop 10, the Marucci CAT 5-squared in 32 and 33 BBCOR, and the Reebok TLS. Those three lost their certification in both high school and collegiate play. The Marucci Black 33 and 34-inch bat lost its accreditation for NCAA play only.

Mattingly Balistk

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Trying to make a play on the scene, the Mattingly brand of bats (eBay)produced a super hot stick in the Balistk. Apparently, too hot. Mattingly bats never quite took hold, and, as of today, they’ve yet to produce a new bat in years.

Find a Balistk on eBay.

Nike CX2

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A few years back, Nike made a serious run (eBay) at the baseball bat space. However, the CX2 losing its certification appeared to mark the beginning of the end for the Nike Bat experiment.

Find one on eBay.

Louisville Slugger’s TPX Dynasty 2012

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Holding the distinct honor as the only drop 12 bats to lose its certification, Louisville Slugger’s 2012 Dynasty was one of the first BPF bats to be banned.

Find one on eBay.

CF ZEN 2 3/4 Drop 10

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As the only non-BBCOR bat on the list, the CF ZEN 2 3/4 was a dynamite bat that people raved about. It did have some durability concerns, but people still bought the bat in droves as it gave little Timmy’s across the universe chances to hit it into the stratosphere.

Find a CF Zen 2 3/4 Drop 10 on eBay.

CAT 5^2 BBCOR 33 and 34

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The CAT 5^2 (5-Squared) in BBCOR was a beastly bomb dropper known for killing balls. It put Marucci on the map but also got de-certified after folks found it too hot to handle. But it’s still legal in a 32, and it is AMAZING.

Find one on eBay.

Reebok TLS

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Most were not aware Reebok made a baseball bat. Indeed, theTLS was legit (eBay). But it became decertified, and Reebok never quite recovered in the bat space. The BBCOR 33-inch was banned in both high school and collegiate play.

Find a Reebok TLS on eBay.

Marucci Black

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The Marucci Black (eBay) bat has the distinct honor of getting banned by the NCAA but not by the NFHS. College said you’re out while high school told you’re safe. A strange turn of events, and we don’t quite follow how that could happen, considering both leagues use the same standard. Nonetheless, there it is.

Find one on eBay.

Illegal Softball Bats

The list of unlawful softball bats is longer than we care to write about. Or, frankly, you should care to read about it. As an example, let us picture the ASA bats that have been decertified up until 2014 only.

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FAQs

What are illegal softball bats? ›

Bats that are broken, altered or that deface the ball are illegal. Materials inside the bat or treatments/devices used to alter the bat specifications and/or enhance performance (e.g., shaving, rolling or artificially warming the bat barrel) are prohibited and render the bat illegal.

Is the 32 blue meta banned? ›

Banned Bats

The following bats are banned from play until further notice: (Dirty South) Kamo BB KA 8 (30/22, 31/21, 32/22, 31/23, 32/24 only) (Easton) Ghost X (30/20 only – USA Baseball Marked) (Louisville Slugger) Blue Meta Composite (33/30)

How do you know if a bat is illegal? ›

Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26″ and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text.

Is the stinger nuke 2 banned? ›

In August 2022, the Stinger Missile II in BBCOR was found to be overperforming the limit. The 33-inch model has been declared illegal and banned effective immediately.

Are choke up rings illegal? ›

 There shall be no devices, attachments or wrappings that cause the handle to become flush with the knob.  Molded grips and Choke up knobs are illegal.

Why is the Marucci cat 5 illegal? ›

Marucci CAT 5 BBCOR Baseball Bat

The reason for the decertification was because the CAT 5 made any player a homerun threat. The bats were hotter than the sun's surface and it didn't take long for the governing bodies to notice.

Is the hype fire 5 banned? ›

Press Release: Perfect Game Suspends Easton Hype Fire -5 Baseball Bat. Palm City, Florida - We were notified on Monday, April 8th, of Perfect Game's decision to suspend the Easton Hype Fire -5 Baseball Bat, despite it meeting the standards and certifications as determined by USSSA (The Governing Body).

Is the Orange Easton XL1 banned? ›

The Officials at Perfect Game have recently announced and released updates to their Banned Bat List and Approved Wood Composite Bat List for their tournaments. Effective April 8, 2024, the following bats may not be used in Perfect Game events: 2015 Demarini CF7 (-5) 2015 Easton XL1 (-5)

Is Meta banning kids under 13? ›

Parents cannot create an account for a child under 10 and children under 10 cannot use Meta Quest 2 and 3. Notably, parent-managed accounts are only available on Meta Quest 2 and 3. This means children under 13 cannot use Meta's other VR headsets where parent-managed accounts are not available.

Are any of ghost bats illegal? ›

Please be aware there are two ghost bats – one is legal in USSSA but not certified by USA Softball and therefore not legal in High School or College; the other is certified by USA Softball but not USSSA so it is illegal for USSSA use but legal in High School or College.

How to know if a softball bat is legal? ›

The bat shall be a smooth cylinder with a knob. Only bats that pass through a 2-1/4-inch (5.7150 cm) diameter bat ring are legal. Each bat shall be no more than 2-1/4 inches (5.7150 cm) in diameter at its thickest part, no more than 34 inches (86.360 cm) in length, and not exceed 38 ounces (1077.30 g) in weight.

Can you still use a cracked softball bat? ›

Many bats now get “stress cracks” which develop on the outside shell of the bat. This has confused a lot of our customers into believing their bat is cracked and useless. However, this is not usually the case.

Is the stinger still in use? ›

First brought into service in 1981, the FIM-92 Stinger is a man-portable air defense system still used on the battlefield. Washington committed to supplying Ukraine with 1,400 units in 2022, and shortly after awarded Raytheon a $624-million contract to replenish its inventory with 1,300 new missiles.

Can you use the Stinger Missile 2 in high school? ›

Notices: Bats not legal for NFHS Baseball

Effective 8/10/22 the Stinger Bat Company 33-inch model of the Missile II, model number MISL2233, has been decertified. Details may be found in: NCAA, NFHS.

How much is the stinger weapon? ›

Thanks to the Service Life Extension Program, the U.S. Army was able to save approximately $50,000 per round. Today, the cost of one new FIM-92 missile for the Stinger man-portable air defense system is approximately $120,000-150,000.

Why is Miken Ultra 2 illegal? ›

It is not eligible for leagues other than senior softball because it is so good at making the ball pop off the bat. That extra ball speed makes for a more dangerous hit. So the bats are restricted to just old guys. I have and still own 6 or 8 models of Miken bats and the Ultra II is the best model for most batters.

Why is the gold easton ghost bat illegal? ›

Please be aware there are two ghost bats – one is legal in USSSA but not certified by USA Softball and therefore not legal in High School or College; the other is certified by USA Softball but not USSSA so it is illegal for USSSA use but legal in High School or College.

What is a legal high school softball bat? ›

The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2¼) 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.

What is an illegal hit in softball? ›

ILLEGALLY BATTED BALL. An illegally batted ball occurs when the batter hits the ball fair or foul: a. While his entire foot is completely out of the batter's box, on the ground, when he makes contact with the ball. b. While any part of the batter's foot is touching home plate, when he makes contact with the ball.

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