Both associations will never say they are better or close to each other or anything like that as they use different testing methods. USSSA toned down their bats and ASA tested their with a slower swing speed which means the bats are hotter. In reality, they are close to each other, but the guys using them say ASA is better ... I guess we'll find out. You guys know I would never bad mouth any other association or say ASA is better, etc. just relaying to you what I was told as many asked me to find out when I was at the meetings.
The main selling point for the ASA 2013 Standard is that this standard also says says that the 2004 and 2000 stamp are also still legal and will remain that way. The only exception are the 20 bats on the ASA non-approved bat list, this list is still the same. The list has older models like Ultra and Ultra-II, etc. Nothing new will be added to this. So to all the people that asked me if they should sell their old ASA bats, don't, they are still good. The U-Trip standard only allows the 2013 standard starting in 2013 and nothing is grandfathered. I guess utrip players now know what the asa guys have gone through many times in the past. Regardless of the association, all are trying to make the game safer. The 44/375 ball will phase out in 2013 and in 2014, the 52/300 ball will be the ASA approved ball.
Also- the new "linear" bats like the TPS Z1000s and TPS Z2000s and the Demarini Flipper. We all know the Zs with that distinctive sound has a disk on the inside to keep the bat legal, but the walls are soft. The Flipper has some new technology that has 2 layers of composite material that sandwiches a layer of compressed air to specifically work on the 52/300 balls. The bats will have to be tested differently also due to the "linear" aspects of the barrells being different then regular bat barrels. 99% of the guys there had no clue what linear meant, but they were walking around all week telling people, lol. Just an FYI - Steve
PS- In no way was I trying to dis-respect USSSA, NSA or ISA with the comments in this post. These are not my comments, but the comments of the people who know. Just being honest as I always was when I said the old ASA bat standard stunk compared to the old USSSA/NSA/ISA bat standard. The governing bodies will never havs just one standard no matter how close these bats are. This is just my opinion, but I believe the manufacturers have a say in this to sell more bats - just like anything else, it's business and we all understand by now - Go buy the 2013 TPS Zs or the Demarini Flippers if you want to use the best bats for ASA. - Steve D.