FAQS FOR THE FPC305 ASA NON-COMPLIANT BAT
Are all Catalyst bats considered non-compliant for ASA championship play?
No, only the (-8) Fastpitch model FPC305 (offered in lengths/weights 32/24, 33/25, 34/26) has been found non-compliant. The (-10) FPC205 (31/21, 32/22, 33/23, 34/24) is still certified and considered perfectly eligible for ASA championship play. Slow-pitch model SB206 is also certified and eligible. Slow-pitch model SB105 was never ASA certified and cannot be used in ASA play.
Why was the FPC305 originally certified and now has been found non-compliant?
The FPC305 (-8) Catalyst initially tested within the limits of the ASA certification standard by a margin that was thought to be within reason of the variances of the test. Recently, the ASA’s random audit testing procedure found the FPC305 to test 0.3 mph outside the 98 mph limit and was added to the non-compliant list of bats.
What is the difference between the SB206 ASA Catalyst and the FPC305 and why is the SB206 still legal?
The SB206 Catalyst is constructed using a different composite fiber lay up angle than the FPC305, allowing for a test result that is reasonably within the limits of the standard. The new FP72C (-8) Catalyst 2 features a similar lay up angle as the SB206 and will also be ASA compliant.
What should I do with my FPC305 (-8) Catalyst?
The non-compliant status of the FPC305 is only applicable to ASA governance and the bat remains eligible for other associations (NSA, USSSA, ISF, etc.). If you play ASA governed softball and your FPC305 is no longer permitted for championship play, we will replace your bat with one that is ASA approved. Please visit www.slugger.com for replacement options and procedures or call Customer Service at 1-800-282-2287 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Eastern Time.
Will I be able to tell a difference in performance from the FPC305 and the new FP72C?
The FPC305 (-8) Catalyst tested a slight 0.3 mph over the 98 mph limit and the FP72C (-8) Catalyst 2 was constructed to withstand the test variance that led to its failure. That said, the difference is insignificant enough that it does not perfectly relate and will not be noticeable to on field performance.
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