2012 and 2013 Bat Rules

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Below you will find helpful information concerning the 2012 and 2013 bat rules. Please keep in mind that bat rules continue to evolve and you are strongly advised to check with your sanctioning body for the latest bat rules and regulations. Please also keep in mind that some local leagues will adopt additional bat regulations beyond the national level regulartions.

2012 PONY Bat Rules

Page 15 (new entry) – Rule 8 C (2) Equipment: Only 2-1/4" barrel non-wood bats which are manufactured to achieve a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 or less through the life of the bat are approved for play in PONY Baseball divisions. Effective January 1, 2012, all newly manufactured non-wood bats must be stamped “approved for play in PONY Baseball” and stamped with “BPF 1.15” and the year manufactured.

Rule 8 C (3) Equipment: Effective January 1, 2012, all minus (-) 3 bats must be BBCOR certified. The bat which may be wood or non-wood product shall be not more than two and five-eights (2-5/8”) in diameter at the barrel and shall be a smooth implement, from the top of the cap to the top of the knob. All non-wood bats shall meet the Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) testing protocol maintaining the length-to-weight difference of 0.50 limit regardless of length. All BBCOR approved bats shall be labeled with a silk screen or other permanent certification mark. (NOTE: 2 3/4” bats are prohibited in all PONY sanctioned leagues).

We had an email exchange with Tom O'Connor at PONY and he provided us with the following clarifications:
In summary, the new PONY Baseball bat rules for 2012 are as follows:

2 3/4" barrel bats are ILLEGAL in all divisions.

2 5/8" barrel bats are LEGAL in all divisions, If a 2 5/8" bat is a -3, it must be BBCOR certified. Currently there is not a testing protocol for -5, -7, -9, etc. they are legal.

2 1/4" bats are LEGAL in all divisions, if they are manufactured to a Bat Performance Factor of 1.15 or less. In addition the bat must be labeled "approved for play in PONY Baseball" and stamped "BPF 1.15" and the year manufactured. Recognizing that some bats may not have the year manufactured on the bat, it still must have BPF 1.15 stamped on the bat.

Wood bats are legal in all divisions with a barrel no larger than 2 5/8".

Bat material is factored into the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) testing protocol as well as the BBCOR testing protocol. Subsequently as long as the aforementioned "marks" are on the bat that is the indication they have passed the appropriate testing protocol and are approved for play in PONY Baseball.

We asked for clarification on whether the BPF 1.15 stamp had to be the new style USSSA 1.15 stamp or the older on the barrel stamp and the response we received was:
Just as long as the bat is stamped BPF 1.15 regardless of where it is located on the bat.

2013 PONY Bat Rules

Per Tom O'Connor of PONY Baseball, there are no changes regarding PONY bat regulations for 2013.



2012 Little League Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of littleleague.org.

The rules regarding baseball bats for 2012 are:
Rule 1.10 - Baseball -
The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.

Little League (Majors) and below:
it shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less; EXCEPTION: For the 2011-2012 Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International.

A list of approved and licensed composite bats can be found on the Little League website at www.littleleague.org.

Junior League:
it shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 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. All composite bats 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.

Senior/Big League:
it shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 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. 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 and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum 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.

In all divisions, wood bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding sixteen (16) inches (18 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League baseball) from the small end. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

NOTE 1: Junior/Senior/Big League: The 2 3/4 inch in diameter bat is not allowed in any division.

NOTE 2: The traditional batting donut is not permissible

NOTE 3: The bat may carry the mark "Little League Tee Ball."

NOTE 4: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats 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 in the Tee Ball, Minor League and Little League Baseball divisions. The 2 5/8 inch bat ring must be used for bats in the Junior, Senior and Big League divisions of baseball.

NOTE 5: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. Penalty – See Rule – 6.06 (d).

2012 Babe Ruth Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of baberuthleague.org

CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 33" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 1/4" in diameter. Only 2 1/4" barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed. Wood 2 1/4" barrel bats are allowed.

13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter. All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed. Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

16-18 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel many not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter or be greater than a -3 length to weight ratio. Only metal/composite bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 are allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

2013 Babe Ruth Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of baberuthleague.org

APPROVED BATS FOR 2013:
The following details baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for 2013 local league and tournament play. Such descriptions are included as part of the 2013 Babe Ruth League Rules and Regulations.

CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 33" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 1/4" in diameter. Only 2 1/4" barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed. Wood 2 1/4" barrel bats are allowed.

13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter. All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed. Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

16-18 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel many not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter or be greater than a -3 length to weight ratio. Only metal/composite bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 are allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

2012 USSSA Baseball Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of usssabaseball.org

7.01.C Bats - The Official Bat shall be round in cross section of the barrel and taper, straight in length and measure not more than 36 inches long, including tape or other grip additions to the bat, shall have a knob at the end of its handle, and not more than 2-1/4 inches in diameter for small barrel bats and not more than 2 and 3/4 inches for big barrel bats at its largest part. Its weight shall not exceed 31-ounces, including tape or grip addition to the bat. The bat shall have a grip of tape or some other material to facilitate holding the bat during the batter’s swing. All key graphics, including USSSA and BPF markings, must be permanent and cannot be applied as decals or by any other method that would allow the key graphics to be easily removed or added to the bat.
7.01.C.A. Material. THE BAT may be made of hard wood of one piece, or laminated from sections of hard wood bonded together with adhesive in such a way that the grain directions of all the pieces are essentially parallel to the length of the bat. THE BAT may also be made of aluminum or other metals, fiberglass, graphite or composite materials.
7.01.C.B. Construction. The bat may be made in pieces from different materials but must have a closed barrel end, a taper, a handle and a taper. The bat may be modular with interchangeable parts, subject to additional safety and tampering requirements as set forth in the standard USSSA Bat Licensing Agreement. The knob portion must be welded or mechanically attached to the bat. Only USSSA approved bats, USSSA approved weighted bats or USSSA approved weights, may be used the on deck circle.
7.01.C.C. Big Barrel Bats (Diameter greater than 2 1/4" but not more than 2 3/4")
EFFECTIVE January 1, 2012 14 U AND YOUNGER BIG BARREL BAT RULES. TO BE LEGAL IN 2012 FOR USSSA 14U AND BELOW, A BIG BARREL BAT (no more than 2 3/4 inches diameter and no more than 36 inches in length) MUST BE MANUFACTURERED BY AN APPROVED USSSA BAT LICENSEE, AND
i) HAVE THE NEW USSSA MARK ON ITS TAPER, OR (“USSSA marks and other graphics of the bat must be applied permanently and must be applied by the USSSA licensed manufacturer. No stickers or decals are allowed and no one may add graphics to a bat once manufactured. Use of a bat with graphics not applied by the manufacturer will be use of an altered bat and subject to suspension under the USSSA Altered Bat rules. In addition to being violation of the USSSA Altered Bat rules, any use, creation or application of a USSSA mark without written permission of USSSA is a violation of Federal Trademark law and may result in prosecution by USSSA. If you have any concern about the person selling or providing you a bat, do not accept the bat, because you will be held responsible for any bat you bring into or use in a USSSA facility.” )
ii) BE A QUALIFIED BBCOR BAT, OR
iii) BE A WOOD BAT. "Qualified BBCOR Bat" means a Big Barrel bat that is made by a USSSA approved bat licensee, has a BBCOR mark permanently attached to the bat that is recognized by NHSF as a legal bat for NHSF sanctioned play and has no more than a minus 3 ounces difference from the length of the bat which bat must be at least 29 inches long. Please note that only Qualified BBCOR bats have any weight v. length (drop) limitation.

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2012, 15U and Above Division of Play (15U – 18U scholastic divisions). All bats for scholastic divisions 15U – 18U must conform to the NFHS (National Federation of High School Association) bat limitations including a length to weight ratio no greater than negative three (-3) ounces. These bats must be made by an approved USSSA licensed manufacturer AND
i) Must be NHSF approved with the appropriate BBCOR certification mark, OR
ii) Be a Wood Bat.
The new USSSA mark can be found in the Baseball Tab of the USSSA Website.
7.01.C.D. Small Barrel Bats (Diameter no more than 2¼”)
EFFECTIVE for the calendar years 2012 and 2013. Only those Small Barrel bats made by approved USSSA licensed manufacturers that are either:
i) Wood, OR
ii) Made with the old USSSA mark, OR
iii) Have the New USSSA Mark will be allowed in USSSA play.
This includes Tee Ball bats that are longer than 23 inches. 23 inch and shorter. Small Barrel Tee Ball bats from approved USSSA licensed manufacturers will continue to be allowed in 2012 and 2013 without the Old or New USSSA Mark.
The Old mark is simply the words "USSSA 1.15 BPF", all together in one spot on the bat. The new USSSA mark can be found in the Baseball Tab of the USSSA Website. EFFECTIVE for the calendar years 2014, only those Small Barrel bats made by approved USSSA licensed manufacturers that are either:
i) Wood, OR
ii) Made with the New USSSA Mark will be allowed in USSSA play.
This includes all Tee Ball bats that are longer than 23 inches. 23 inch and shorter Small Barrel Tee Ball bats from approved USSSA licensed manufacturers will continue to be allowed in 2014 without the New USSSA Mark.

2013 USSSA Baseball Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of usssabaseball.org

7.01.C Bats - The Official Bat shall be round in cross section of the barrel and taper, straight in length and measure not more than 36 inches long, including tape or other grip additions to the bat, shall have a knob at the end of its handle, and not more than 2-1/4 inches in diameter for small barrel bats and not more than 2 and 3/4 inches for big barrel bats at its largest part. Its weight shall not exceed 31-ounces, including tape or grip addition to the bat. The bat shall have a grip of tape or some other material to facilitate holding the bat during the batter’s swing. All key graphics, including USSSA and BPF markings, must be permanent and cannot be applied as decals or by any other method that would allow the key graphics to be easily removed or added to the bat.
7.01.C.A. Material. THE BAT may be made of hard wood of one piece, or laminated from sections of hard wood bonded together with adhesive in such a way that the grain directions of all the pieces are essentially parallel to the length of the bat. THE BAT may also be made of aluminum or other metals, fiberglass, graphite or composite materials.
7.01.C.B. Construction. The bat may be made in pieces from different materials but must have a closed barrel end, a taper, a handle and a taper. The bat may be modular with interchangeable parts, subject to additional safety and tampering requirements as set forth in the standard USSSA Bat Licensing Agreement. The knob portion must be welded or mechanically attached to the bat. Only USSSA approved bats, USSSA approved weighted bats or USSSA approved weights, may be used the on deck circle.
7.01.C.C. Big Barrel Bats (Diameter greater than 2 1/4" but not more than 2 3/4")
EFFECTIVE January 1, 2012 14 U AND YOUNGER BIG BARREL BAT RULES. TO BE LEGAL IN 2012 FOR USSSA 14U AND BELOW, A BIG BARREL BAT (no more than 2¾ inches diameter and no more than 36 inches in length) MUST BE MANUFACTURERED BY AN APPROVED USSSA BAT LICENSEE, AND
i) HAVE THE NEW USSSA MARK ON ITS TAPER, OR (“USSSA marks and other graphics of the bat must be applied permanently and must be applied by the USSSA licensed manufacturer. No stickers or decals are allowed and no one may add graphics to a bat once manufactured. Use of a bat with graphics not applied by the manufacturer will be use of an altered bat and subject to suspension under the USSSA Altered Bat rules. In addition to being violation of the USSSA Altered Bat rules, any use, creation or application of a USSSA mark without written permission of USSSA is a violation of Federal Trademark law and may result in prosecution by USSSA. If you have any concern about the person selling or providing you a bat, do not accept the bat, because you will be held responsible for any bat you bring into or use in a USSSA facility.” )
ii) BE A QUALIFIED BBCOR BAT, OR
iii) BE A WOOD BAT. "Qualified BBCOR Bat" means a Big Barrel bat that is made by a USSSA approved bat licensee, has a BBCOR mark permanently attached to the bat that is recognized by NHSF as a legal bat for NHSF sanctioned play and has no more than a minus 3 ounces difference from the length of the bat which bat must be at least 29 inches long. Please note that only Qualified BBCOR bats have any weight v. length (drop) limitation.

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2012, 15U and Above Division of Play (15U – 18U scholastic divisions). All bats for scholastic divisions 15U – 18U must conform to the NFHS (National Federation of High School Association) bat limitations including a length to weight ratio no greater than negative three (-3) ounces. These bats must be made by an approved USSSA licensed manufacturer AND
i) Must be NHSF approved with the appropriate BBCOR certification mark, OR
ii) Be a Wood Bat.
The new USSSA mark can be found in the Baseball Tab of the USSSA Website.
7.01.C.D. Small Barrel Bats (Diameter no more than 2¼”)
EFFECTIVE for the calendar years 2012 and 2013. Only those Small Barrel bats made by approved USSSA licensed manufacturers that are either:
i) Wood, OR
ii) Made with the old USSSA mark, OR
iii) Have the New USSSA Mark will be allowed in USSSA play.
This includes Tee Ball bats that are longer than 23 inches. 23 inch and shorter. Small Barrel Tee Ball bats from approved USSSA licensed manufacturers will continue to be allowed in 2012 and 2013 without the Old or New USSSA Mark.
The Old mark is simply the words "USSSA 1.15 BPF", all together in one spot on the bat. The new USSSA mark can be found in the Baseball Tab of the USSSA Website. EFFECTIVE for the calendar years 2014, only those Small Barrel bats made by approved USSSA licensed manufacturers that are either:
i) Wood, OR
ii) Made with the New USSSA Mark will be allowed in USSSA play.
This includes all Tee Ball bats that are longer than 23 inches. 23 inch and shorter Small Barrel Tee Ball bats from approved USSSA licensed manufacturers will continue to be allowed in 2014 without the New USSSA Mark.

2012 Dixie Baseball Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of baseball.dixie.org

Dixie Boys (age 13-14)-The bat rule for this age group remains the same as the 2011 season.

Rule 1:10—Bats must be manufactured meeting specifications as determined by Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc. NOTE: Should changes be made to the current bat standards an addendum to the rules will be issued by the Commissioner of Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc.

Wooden, metal, or graphite bats manufactured specifically for 13 and above Boys and Majors play which have a minimum 2 1/2 inch barrel to 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter are approved. Bats manufactured for use by 12 and under baseball programs shall not be used.

DB. There are no weight to length limitations.

Testing of "Senior League" bats isn’t concluded at this time. We will await the findings and make an informed decision based on scientific data as made available for our use. USA Baseball, the governing body of amateur baseball has previously issued the following statement.

USA Baseball has announced the conclusion of Phase One of its Youth Bat Testing Study. USA Baseball will now move to Phase Two testing. In Phase One, data were collected to determine bat and ball characteristics during actual batting. In Phase Two, data will be collected to determine bat characteristics in a lab setting. As previously stated, the objective of this testing is to ascertain if the BBCOR testing standard is applicable to the multitude of youth bat options (i.e. -11, -10, -9 weight differentials, etc.). Further questions can be directed to Paul V. Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball.

Dixie Majors Baseball (age 15-19) - Effective with the 2012 season, BBCOR is the approved bat standard for Pre-Majors & Dixie Majors Baseball. Note: The length-to-weight "difference" (i.e. -3) will be maintained through BBCOR standards.

2013 Dixie Baseball Bat Rules

The following information is courtesy of baseball.dixie.org

Please note that the rules differ by age divisions!

Dixie Boys (age 13-14)-The bat rule for the 2013 season addresses the use of composite bats.

Rule 1:10-Bats must be manufactured meeting specifications as determined by Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc. As such bats must be manufactured specifically for 13 and above Boys and Majors play and have a minimum 2 1/2 inch barrel to 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter. Bats manufactured for use by 12 and under baseball programs shall not be used. There is no weight to length limitations. Aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed. Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed.

Dixie Pre-Majors & Majors (age 15-19)- The bat rule for the 2013 season remains the same.

BBCOR is the approved bat standard for Pre-Majors & Dixie Majors Baseball. Note: The length to weight "difference" (i.e. -3) will be maintained through BBCOR standards.



2012 High School Baseball Bat Rules

Effective January 1, 2012 all high school aluminum, composite and 2-piece (aluminum/composite) -3 bats must meet BBCOR certification standards and display a BBCOR logo.

For 2012 only composite and aluminum bats that meet the new Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard will be allowed in high school competition under the National Federation of State High School (NFHS) Association rules. BESR-ABI bats will not be allowed in competition for 2012 under NFHS rules.

Note: South Dakota, New Mexico and NYC all require the use of wood bats at the high school level.



2013 High School Baseball Bat Rules

This additional note in Rule 1-3-2 was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The new note in Rule 1-3-2 is as follows: "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."

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