BELOW ARE THE BASEBALL BAT RULES FOR:

CAL RIPKEN – BABE RUTH LEAGUES

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

NCAA

NATIONAL FEDERATION of STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

2018 BAT Rules with Changes

Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Bat Rule Changes for 2018 Last Updated 12/7/2017

Approved Bats – Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball

    1. Cal Ripken Division – The Bat Length shall not exceed 33 inches and All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking. The Barrel Maximum is 2 5/8 inches. No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For the T-Ball Division, bats must be marked with the USABat T-Ball Stamp.

    2. Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division The Bat Length shall not exceed 34 inchesAll non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel -not exceed 2 5/8 inches

    3. Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division The Bat Length shall not exceed 34 inches and a weight drop of -3 or less. All non-wood bats MUST be a BBCOR .50 and Barrel – not exceed 2 5/8 inches.

 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL LEAGUE

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Rule 1.10 – Baseball

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

Tee Ball:

Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26″ and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

Minor & Majors:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

It shall not be more than 34″ inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen- sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Senior League:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Little League Challenger Division:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen- sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Senior League Challenger Division:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less not less than fifteen- sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches f rom the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.

NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.

NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2⅝-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2⅝.

NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. PENALTY – See Rule – 6.06(d).

2017 AND 2018 NCAA BASEBALL BAT RULES

SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION HERE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT DO NCAA.

The Bat

SECTION 12

a. Wood Bat.

1) The bat must be a smooth, rounded stick nor more than 2 ¾ inches in diameter at its thickest part nor more than 42 inches in length.

2) There must be a direct line from the center of the knob to the center of the large end.

3) Any material to improve the grip may be used for a distance not to exceed 18 inches from the end of the handle.

4) An indentation in the end of the bat up to 1 inch in depth is permitted (Cupped bats).

5) All bats other than one-piece solid wood must be certified in accordance with the NCAA certification program.

b. Non-wood bat.

1) The entire hitting area of the bat must be round with a constant radius at any point and the finish of the hitting area must be smooth.

2) There must be a direct line from the center of the knob to the center of the large end.

3) The maximum length is 36 inches and the maximum diameter is 2 5/8 inches.

4) The knob and end plug (if applicable) must be firmly attached.

5) A bat may not weigh, numerically, more than three units less than the length of’ the bat (e.g., a .34-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 31 ounces).

6) A non-wood bat must have an approved, coded certification mark on the barrel of the bat signifying the bar is legal for NCAA competition.

PENALTY for a. and b.-A bat that has been flattened or altered to improve performance is an illegal bat. If such an illegal bat is detected before the first pitch, the batter shall be called out and the bat shall be removed from the game. If an illegal bat is detected after the first pitch, legal or illegal, the batter shall be declared out, and base runners shall not advance as a result of a batted ball. The bat shall be removed from the contest.

c. There shall be no external attachment(s) to any part of the bat. A leather, rubber or taped grip is permitted to be placed on the bat handle.

d. There shall be no data collection or transmission devices externally attached or embedded within any part of the baseball bat.

e. It is mandatory that all bats have an identification mark 18 inches from the end of the handle. No foreign substance that will in any way discolor the ball may· be added to the surface of the bat beyond 18 inches from the end of the handle.

f. For game and practice use. all non-wood bats must have a leather, rubber or taped grip securely attached to the bat handle.

PENALTY for e. and f.-If the bat is not marked 18 inches from the knob or has pine tar or a foreign substance beyond the 18-inch mark, the bat must be removed from the game and the player warned. If the practice continues, the player is to be removed from the game. If a bat’s handle should become loose and the bat must be removed from the game, the same practice is to be followed. Neither of these infractions is cause for calling the batter out.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

2018

ART. 2 … The bat shall have the following characteristics and components.

a. Each legal wood, aluminum or composite bat shall:

1. Be one piece, multi-pieces and permanently assembled, or two pieces with interchangeable barrel construction.

2. Not have exposed attachments, rivets, pins, rough or sharp edges or any form of exterior fastener that would present a potential hazard.

3. 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 are prohibited and render the bat illegal.

b. Each legal wood, aluminum or composite bat shall have the following components:

1. Knob – The bat knob shall protrude from the handle. The knob may be molded, lathed, welded or permanently fastened. Devices, attachments or wrappings are permitted except those that cause the knob to become flush with the handle. A one-piece rubber knob and bat grip combination is illegal.

2. Handle – The bat handle is the area of the bat that begins at, but does not include, the knob and ends where the taper begins. 3. Barrel – The barrel is the area intended for contact with a pitched ball. The barrel shall be round, cylindrically symmetric, with a smooth contour. The barrel may be aluminum, wood or composite (made of two or more materials). The type of bat (wood, aluminum or composite) shall be determined by the composition of the barrel. 4. Taper – The taper is an optional transition area which connects the narrower handle to the wider barrel portion of the bat. Its length and material may vary but may not extend more than 18 inches from the base of the knob. 5. 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. By definition, a one-piece construction bat does not have an end cap. c. Each bat not made of a single piece of wood shall: 1. Have a safety grip made of cork, tape (no smooth, plastic tape) or commercially manufactured composition material. The grip must extend a minimum of 10 inches, but not more than 18 inches, from the base of the knob. Slippery tape or similar material shall be prohibited. Resin, pine tar or any drying agent to enhance the hold are permitted only on the grip. Molded grips are illegal. 2. Be 2 5/8″ or less in diameter at thickest part and 36 inches or less in length. 3. Not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces). d. Bats that are not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. No BBCOR label, sticker or decal will be accepted on any non-wood bat. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of one inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color to read: BBCOR .50.

NOTE: The NFHS has been advised that certain manufacturers consider alteration, modification and “doctoring· of their bats to be unlawful and subject to civil and, under certain circumstances, criminal action.

ART. 3 … A bat made of a single piece of wood may be roughened or wound with tape not more than 18 inches from the handle end of the bat. No foreign substance may be added to the surface of the bat beyond 18 inches from the end of the handle. Each bat made of a single piece of wood shall be:

a. 2¾ inches or less in diameter at the thickest part

b. 36 inches or less in length


ART. 4 … Only bats may be used in warming up (including weighted bats used for this purpose) at any location. Only bats and items designed to remain part of the bat, such as weighted bats, batting donuts, and wind-resistant devices are legal at any location.

ART. 5 … Bats that are altered from the manufacturer’s original design and production, or that do not meet the rule specifications, are illegal (7-4-1a). No artificial or intentional means shall be used to control the temperature of the bat. No foreign substance may be inserted into the bat. Bats that are broken, cracked or dented or that deface the ball, i.e., tear the ball, shall be removed without penalty. A bat that continually discolors the ball may be removed from the game with no penalty at the discretion of the umpire.

Major League Bat Rules 2017

3.02 (1.10) The Bat

(a) The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2.61 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood. NOTE: No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a professional game (either championship season or exhi-bition games) until the manufacturer has secured approval from the Rules Committee of his design and methods of manufacture.

(b) Cupped Bats. An indentation in the end of the bat up to 1¼ inches in depth is permitted and may be no wider than two inches and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be curved with no foreign substance added.

(c ) The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or substance that extends past the 18-inch limitation shall cause the bat to be removed from the game.

Rule 3.02(c) to 3.03(e)

NOTE: If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to (c) above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out, or ejected from the game.

Rule 3.02(c) Comment (Rule 1.10(c) Comment): If pine tar extends past the 18-inch limitation, then the umpire, on his own initiative or if alerted by the opposing team, shall order the batter to use a different bat. The batter may use the bat later in the game only if the excess substance is removed. If no objections are raised prior to a bat’s use, then a violation of Rule 3.02(c) (Rule 1.10(c)) on that play does not nullify any action or play on the field and no protests of such play shall be allowed.

Rule 3.02(c) Comment (Rule 1.10(c) Comment): If pine tar extends past the 18-inch limitation, then the umpire, on his own initiative or if alerted by the opposing team, shall order the batter to use a different bat. The batter may use the bat later in the game only if the excess substance is removed. If no objections are raised prior to a bat’s use, then a violation of Rule 3.02(c)

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