Bat Requirements

Updated for the 2019 Season

Updated Friday March 29, 2019 by Liz Dobelstein.

Babe Ruth League, Inc. Approved and Non-Compliant Bats

"It is the policy of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to assure the safety of all participants. Accordingly, Babe Ruth League, Inc. reserves the right to ban any equipment, including bats, at any time, including during the season, based upon a change of existing policy and/or upon new information made available to Babe Ruth League, Inc."

 

Click Here to read about the USABat Standard to be used beginning on January 1, 2018.
Click Here to read about the USABat T-Ball Sticker Program beginning on January 1, 2018.
Click Here for the list of USA Bat Standard approved bats.

 

2019 USA Baseball Bat Guide

For comprehesive USA Bat information updated for 2019 Click Here to view the guide online.

 

Babe Ruth League Bat Rules

T-Ball

USA Baseball T-Ball Stamp

Cal-Ripken Baseball

USA Baseball Marking
2 5/8" Barrel Maximum
NO BBCOR BATS

Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15

USA Baseball Marking or BBCOR .50  
2 5/8” Barrel

Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18

 
All Bats Must Be
BBCOR .50
No Greater Than -3

 

Note:

  • Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10.
  • No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.
Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.

 

PENALTY

If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.   
A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out.  No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand.  This is an appeal play.  The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game.