ASTM F1890 - 17e1

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Softball and Baseball Bat Performance Factor

    Active Standard ASTM F1890 | Developed by Subcommittee: F08.26

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.07


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 These test methods offer a laboratory means to quantitatively compare the performance of softball and baseball bats.

    1. Scope

    1.1 A method for determining bat performance by measuring the bat-ball coefficient of restitution (BBCOR) and deriving the bat performance factor (BPF). It is applicable to softball and baseball bats of any construction or material. The method provides a quantitative measure of bat dynamic performance that may be used for comparison purposes.

    1.2 The BBCOR and BPF are calculated from measurements taken in the laboratory on test equipment meeting the requirements defined in this method.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1887 Test Method for Measuring the Coefficient of Restitution (COR) of Baseballs and Softballs

    F1888 Test Method for Compression-Displacement of Baseballs and Softballs

    F2398 Test Method for Measuring Moment of Inertia and Center of Percussion of a Baseball or Softball Bat


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.220.40 (Outdoor and water sports equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 49161506(Baseball bats); 49161520(Softball bats)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F1890-17E01

    Citation Format

    ASTM F1890-17e1, Standard Test Method for Measuring Softball and Baseball Bat Performance Factor, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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