Bat Regulations

 Bat rules for the 2019 season. Found in the Baseball Canada rule book, page ‘cc3’.

OFFICIAL RULES OF BASEBALL CANADIAN CONTENT 2. Baseball Canada Rules Interpretation, 3.02 [1.10]

 

13U

For 13U championships a max barrel of 2 3/4” with (i) a 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) or (ii) USA Baseball Model is permitted. For this division using up to a minus 10 length/weight differential is permitted.

 

15U Boys

For 15U Boys championships, only wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.

 

16U Girls

For 16U Girls championships, a max barrel of 2 3/4” with (i) a 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) or (ii) USA Baseball Model is permitted. For this division using up to a minus 5 length/weight differential is permitted.

 

18U

For 18U championships, only wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.

 

21U Men

For 21U championships, only wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.

 

21U Women

For 21U Women championships, a max barrel of 2 3/4” with (i) a 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) or (ii) USA Baseball Model is permitted. For this division using up to a minus 5 length/weight differential is permitted.

 

Senior Men

For Senior Men championships, only wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.

 

Senior Women

For Senior Women championships, a max barrel of 2 3/4” with (i) a 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) or (ii) USA Baseball Model is permitted. For this division using up to a minus 5 length/weight differential is permitted.

 

Canada Cup

For Canada Cup and Canada Games, only wood or bamboo bats will be allowed. No composite bats will be allowed. The bat must clearly show the manufacturer's original markings (including, if applicable, length-weight differential). If not, the bat will be considered illegal. Rule 6.03 (4) [6.06(d)] will apply to any bat not complying with the above.

 

A player is to follow the bat rule based on the division that they are playing in during the game.

For example; a 13U player playing in a 15U game is subject to the 15U bat rule.

a 16U Girl playing in a 15U game is subject to the 15U bat rule.

With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing,

Little League International fully supports this program.

 

For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018.

 

All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. 

 

Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information. Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018.

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