The following information pertains to the National Federation rules regarding softball equipment for the 2014-15 season.
Ball Compression (NFHS Rule 1-3-3)
The ball compression for fast pitch softballs cannot exceed 375 lbs. All balls shall be marked with the COR (.47) and Compression (375lbs) by the manufacturer.
Bats (NFHS Rule 1-5)
ART. 1 . . . The bat shall:
a. Be one piece, multi-pieces and permanently assembled, or two pieces with interchangeable barrel
b. Not have exposed rivets, pins, rough or sharp edges or any form of exterior fastener that would
present a hazard.
c. Be free of rattles, dents, burrs, cracks and sharp edges. 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.
d. Meet the 2004 ASA Bat Performance Standard, bear either the 2000 or 2004 certification mark (see
the "Figure") and not be listed on the ASA non-approved bat list as found on www.asasoftball.com.
Bat barrels made entirely of wood are permitted and need not bear an ASA mark, but shall not
exceed 2¼ inches in diameter.
ART. 2 . . .The bat shall consist of the following components:
a. Knob. The knob may be molded, lathed, welded or permanently fastened. Devices, attachments or
wrappings that cause the knob to become flush with the handle are permitted. The knob may be
covered with grip tape. A one-piece rubber knob and bat grip combination is illegal.
b. Handle/Grip. The bat handle is the area of the bat that begins at, but does not include the knob and
ends where the taper begins to increase in diameter. The handle shall have a round or oval cross-
section. The grip shall extend a minimum of 10 inches, but not more than 15 inches, from the
end of the bat. A safety grip shall be made of cork, tape (no smooth, plastic tape) or composition
material (commercially manufactured). Resin, pine tar or spray substances to enhance the hold are
permitted on the grip only.
c. Taper. The taper is the transition area which connects the narrower handle to the wider barrel
portion of the bat. The taper shall have a solid surface and shall have a conical shape. Its length and
material may vary.
d. Barrel. The barrel is the area intended for contact with the pitch; it shall be round and smooth.
e. End Cap. The end cap is made of rubber, vinyl, plastic or other approved material. It shall be firmly
secured and permanently affixed to the end of the bat so that it cannot be removed by anyone
other than the manufacturer, without damaging or destroying it. A one-piece construction bat will
not have an end cap.
Any bat containing holes in the taper is not approved for NFHS play. These bats might not be listed on the ASA non-approved bat list.
An extra knob or choke up device attached to the bat handle/grip, or taper, renders the bat illegal.
Bat Jack is illegal
Batting Helmets (NFHS Rule 1-6-1, 1-6-6)
A batting helmet with a permanently affixed NOCSAE stamp and legible exterior warning label is mandatory for each batter, on-deck batter, players/students in the coaches box, runners and retired runners. The exterior warning label may be affixed to the outside of the helmet, which includes both sides of the bill, in either sticker form or embossed (at the time of manufacture). Batting helmets shall be equipped with a NOCSAE-approved face protector. The batting helmet shall have a non-glare (not mirrorlike) surface. (new) The phrase, “Meets NOCSAE Standard at the time of manufacture” must be permanently affixed to the face protector.
WARNING DO NOT USE THIS HELMET IF THE SHELL IS CRACKED OR DEFORMED; OR IF THE INTERIOR PADDING IS DETERIORATED. SEVERE HEAD OR NECK INJURY, INCLUDING PARALYSIS OR DEATH MAY OCCUR TO YOU DESPITE USING THIS HELMET. NO HELMET CAN PREVENT ALL HEAD INJURIES OR ANY NECK INJURIES A PLAYER MIGHT RECEIVE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL.
Catcher Headgear (NFHS Rule 1-7-1)
The catcher shall wear a catcher’s helmet and mask combination that meets the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture. The helmet shall bear the permanent NOCSAE seal. A throat protector that is part of or attached to the mask shall extend far enough to adequately protect the throat. An attached throat protector shall be commercially manufactured, properly attached, unaltered and worn properly. Plastic visors attached to the catcher’s helmet are prohibited. If an eye shield is worn attached to the catcher’s helmet, it must be constructed of a molded, rigid material that is clear and permits 100 percent (no tint) allowable light transmission.The catcher’s helmet shall have a non-glare (not mirror-like) surface. (new)
Shoes (NFHS Rule 3-2-11)
Shoes are required equipment. All players must wear shoes with plastic, nylon, canvas, leather or similar synthetic material uppers. The soles may be smooth, have soft or hard rubber cleats or rectangular metal spikes. Metal cleats must not extend in excess of ¾ inch from the sole and shall not be round. Shoes with detachable rubber or metal cleats that screw into the sole of the shoes are permitted.