Bat Information

Updated Friday October 27, 2017 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.

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BAT TYPES

Alloy/Metal Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel of the bat are entirely comprised of an alloy/metal material, exclusive of the end cap.

Composite Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel of the bat are comprised of a composite or Fiberglas-like material. Note: A bat with any composite material in the barrel, exclusive of the end cap, is considered a composite bat.

Wood Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel are comprised from a single piece of wood or the handle and barrel are made of multiple pieces of wood through a “laminating or compressed” process. 

Hybrid or Half-and-Half Bat – A type of bat where the handle and barrel differ in composition material.

MINOR & MAJOR DIVISIONS

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; 

Any bat that bears the USA BASEBALL mark shall be accepted - this applies to 2 1/4 and/or 2 5/8 diameter bat

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

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.

Any bat that bears the USA BASEBALL mark shall be accepted - this applies to 2 1/4 and/or 2 5/8 diameter bat

2 5/8" composite barrel 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. 

SENIOR 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 barrel 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. Any BBCOR bat is considered a "drop three" - example - 32" long will have a weight of 29 ounces

NOTE FOR PARENTS & PLAYERS - BASEBALL ONLY

ALL BATS used (brought from home, or league issued) shall bear the USA BASEBALL mark

Bats found to be non USA BASEBALL branded WILL NOT be allowed in games/practice

 

SOFTBALL RULES FOR BATS:

The bat must be a softball 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 a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.

Minors (8U, 10U) & Majors (12U) 

The bat shall be no more than 33 inches in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part.

Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20.  

Junior League (softball 14U) 

The bat shall be no more than 34 inches in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part.

Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20