Bat Information (NEW RULES APPLY TO BASEBALL)

Updated Friday August 11, 2017 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.

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BAT TYPES - as described by Little League International

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.

Note: These types of bats are defined only by the composition of the barrel with respect to the moratorium  

BASEBALL RULES FOR BATS:

The bat must be a baseball bat that 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. 

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; 

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.

2 1/4” diameter bats with composite barrel ARE NOT allowed (example are Easton Makos)

2 1/4” diameter bats with one piece barrel/handle are allowed with 1.15 BPF label

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.  

NOTE FOR PARENTS & PLAYERS - BASEBALL ONLY

ALL BATS used (brought from home, or league issued) in Northampton Little League shall be so labeled with a silkscreen "bat sticker" with the current seasons year/color clearly identified.

Bats found to be unlabled WILL NOT be allowed in games/practice until such time the Equipment Manager or President can view and "stickers" the bat. 

Parents are advised that BEFORE you buy your player a bat, please make certain the bat is on the LLI Approved list, which can be located on the LL Website.

 

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

NOTE FOR PARENTS & PLAYERS - SOFTBALL ONLY

The composite moratorium only applies to baseball bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels. It DOES NOT apply to any divisions of Little League Softball. Also, there is no list of approved softball bats. 

In softball, the bat only needs to meet the specifications of Rule 1.10 - which is above and broken down by division of play.