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Louisville Slugger’s FPC305 Catalyst Bat Added to ASA’s Non Approved List

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, Wednesday, December 7, 2005 — The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, today announced that the fastpitch softball bat model FPC305 Catalyst manufactured by the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Inc. (DBA Louisville Slugger), is no longer authorized for use in ASA Championship Play.

Other governing bodies that currently use ASA’s bat performance standards such as the NCAA, NFHS, NAIA, NJCAA will continue to use the ASA’s non approved bat list and restrict such bats in 2006 and beyond.
“We are disappointed with the situation but understand that our contract with the ASA requires a bat to be placed on the ASA Non Approved list no matter how little it is found out of compliance”, said Marty Archer, President of the Louisville Slugger Baseball/Softball division. “We acknowledge full responsibility for this situation. Please visit our website, www.slugger.com, to learn more about our efforts to deal with this situation.”

ASA conducts random audit testing of various approved models throughout each calendar year to verify that the manufacturers’ bat models comply with the standards currently in effect. It was through this auditing process, that it was discovered that the FPC 305 Catalyst failed to comply with the ASA Bat Performance Standard.

Note that this action only affects the FPC305 Catalyst (-8) fastpitch model configured in length/weight ratios of 32/24, 33/25, and 34/26, and does not affect the FPC205 Catalyst (-10) fast pitch or SB206 Catalyst slow pitch models, both of which remain legal for use in ASA Championship Play. The ASA is currently not aware of any other bat models that fail to comply with the bat performance standards but will continue to audit bats on an on-going basis to verify compliance.

In order to gain initial certification and have the right to use the ASA 2004 bat certification mark, bat manufacturers send production samples to independent ASA approved testing labs. Once the sample bat passes the performance test at one of the independent labs, the manufacturer has the authority to apply the ASA 2004 bat certification mark indicating compliance with the standard. It is the responsibility of the bat manufacturer to ensure that every unit of each model produced passes the test at any point during the lifespan of the bat.

About the ASA
The Amateur Softball Association of America, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, is the national governing body of softball in the United States. Founded in 1933, the ASA regulates competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of players who annually play the sport. Additional information about the ASA and its Bat Testing and Certification Program can be found by visiting www.asasoftball.com

Instructions for having your ASA non-compliant FPC305 (-8) Catalyst returned

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