Bat Rules

NEW BAT RULES/CERTIFICATION

Effective beginning with the Spring 2018 Season

Bat Rules:
1. Ages 5- 12 REC:
Diameter: Barrel may not exceed 2 5/8”
Certification: Barrel must contain “BPF 1.15” label or USA Stamp
2. All Select-
Diameter: Barrel may not exceed 2 5/8”
Certification: Barrel must contain USA Stamp
3. Ages 13 -15 REC – Diameter: Barrel may not exceed 2 3/4”
Certification: Barrel must contain “BPF 1.15” label OR drop 3 “BBCOR” label
4. AGES 16-18
REC- Diameter: Barrel may not exceed 2 3/4”
Certification: Barrel must contain drop 3 “BBCOR” label

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* BPF 1.15 – Youth bats are almost universally governed by the 1.15 BPF. BPF stands for Bat Performance Factor, and measures how fast the ball comes off the bat. Bats must meet this BPF standard in order to be approved for play. Nearly all youth bats are stamped with the 1.15 BPF mark.

* BBCOR – BBCOR stands for “Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution” and it focuses on how much of a trampoline effect the barrel of a bat has on a ball. Bat manufacturers will have to, in effect “deaden” the trampoline bounce that pitched balls experience when a batter makes contact. Basically, aluminum bats will theoretically be the same as wooden bats.

* Drop – The drop, generally displayed as a negative number on the bat barrel, is the difference between the length and weight of the bat. For example, a 32-inch bat with a -3 drop is 29 ounces.

* Big Barrel vs. Small (or Regular) Barrel Bats – Youth big barrel baseball bats are also commonly referred to as Senior League baseball bats or Big Barrel Youth bats. These bats are used by players who play in youth leagues that allow bats with barrels that are 2 5/8″ or 2 3/4″ inches in diameter. Standard barrel bats are 2 1/4″ in diameter. Please make sure that you are purchasing a bat that is appropriate for the league and age group in which your child is playing.

* USA Bat Standard – It is the newest form of regulation of youth bats. The bats are supposed to act like wooden bats in relation to how the ball comes off the bat.