With the recent, and rather high profile, “temporary” decertification of 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 simply 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 3 in the last 5 and we have yet to find a fastpitch bat to get the boot.
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Illegal Bat List Sources
A couple of sites, like ezteamsports, had a good list of softball bats that have been banned over the years. It does not look to be updated very recently, but 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 site tells you what bats may have been originally certified.
Illegal Bat Lists Decertification List and Process
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To become certified, a bat must pass a particular standard set by the governing body. These tests are performed by an independent sports science lab at a major university. If the bat passes then 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 directly. They are sent to the lab and then tested.
If a bat does not pass it is removed from play and becomes “decertified”.
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 highschool and collegiate play. The Marucci Black 33 and 34 inch bat lost its certification for NCAA play only.
Trying to make a play on the scene, the Mattingly brand of bats 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.
A few years back, Nike made a serious run at the baseball bat space. However, the CX2 losing its certification appeared to mark the beginning of the end for the Nike Bat experiment.
Louisville Slugger’s TPX Dynasty 2012
Holding the distinct honor as the only drop 12 bat to lose its certification, Louisville Slugger’s 2012 Dynasty was one of the very first BPF bats to be banned.
As the only non-BBCOR bat on the list, the CF ZEN 2 3/4 was a dynomite bat that people raved about. It did have some durability concenrs, but people still bought the bat in droves as it gave little timmy’s across the universe chances to hit it into the stratosphere.
CAT 5^2 BBCOR 32 and 33
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.
Most were not aware Reebok made a baseball bat. Indeed, the TLS was legit. But it became decertified and Reebok never quite recovered in the bat space. The BBCOR 33 inch was banned in both highschool and collegiate play.
The Marucci Black bat has the distinct honor of getting banned by the NCAA but not by the NFHS. That is, college said you’re out while high school said you’re safe. Strange turn of events and we don’t quite follow how that could happen considering both leagues use the same standard. But, nonetheless, there it is.
Illegal Softball Bats
The list of illegal softball bats is longer than we care to write about. Or, frankly, you should care to read about. As an example, let us simply picture the ASA bats that have been decertified up until 2014 only.