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Frequent Question What baseball bats are illegal for Little League?

The BPF stands for Bat Performance Factor, and any bat that is BPF 1.15 is illegal. BPF 1.20 bats are softball bats and are illegal for baseball too. This is the Little League standard since 2018 and has been created to mirror the exit velocity of a wood bat.

Are USSSA bats legal for Little League?

The bats currently on the market, which are marked with a 1.15BPF stamp, will no longer be legal for play in these leagues. USSSA youth baseball will NOT be implementing this rule change to the bats.

What size bat does Little League use?

All youth baseball bats used in the Minor League division of Little League must not exceed 33-inches in length and cannot have a barrel diameter larger than 2 5/8-inches. Also, they must have the USA certified stamp, however, solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Does Little League allow composite bats?

Bats must be labeled with “USA Baseball.” EXCEPTION: For the Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International.

What happens if you use an illegal bat in Little League?

The batter is out for illegal action when the batter enters the batter’s box with one or both feet entirely on the ground with an illegal bat or is discovered having used an illegal bat prior to the next player entering the batter’s box. The ball is dead. Runners must return if they advanced on the play.

What are the official regulations for a bat?

THE OFFICIAL BAT.

Each bat shall be no more than 2-1/4 inches (5.7150 cm) in diameter at its thickest part, no more than 34 inches (86.360 cm) in length, and not exceed 38 ounces (1077.30 g) in weight. There shall be no devices, attachments, or wrappings that cause the handle to become flush with the knob.

What bats can be used in Little League 2021?

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Why are USSSA bats illegal?

I knew that the leagues in our area had outlawed “USSSA” bats, because they had way too much pop, and adopted the “USA” bat standard, which strove to make bats that hit like wood ones, but maintained the durability of metal bats. It was partially a safety issue.

What is the difference between a USA bat and a USSSA bat?

The difference between the two standards is actually very simple. The USSSA BPF 1.15 bats will be more lively and will, simply put, hit the ball further and the USA bats. In conclusion, USSSA bats are not permitted to be used in game play in any of the USA Baseball member organizations (Rec League).

How do you pick a Little League bat?

In general:

  1. Children under 60 pounds should swing a bat between 26 and 29 inches long.
  2. Children weighing more than 70 pounds should swing a bat ranging from 28 to 32 inches long.

What does BPF 1.15 mean on a bat?

BPF stands for bat performance factor. This is simply a measure of how much faster a ball rebounds off a specific bat as compared to a reference solid surface (e.g. if a bat demonstrates a 20% faster ball rebound speed than the reference solid surface, that bat is said to have a BPF of 1.20).

How do you determine bat size?

Bat length is measured in inches from knob to end cap. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the outside part of the plate. However, longer bats also tend to have more mass towards the end of the bat that requires more power to swing them.

How do you know if a bat is USA approved?

Approved bats feature a variety of barrel diameters including 2-5/8″, 2-1/2″, 2-3/8″, 2-1/4″ and 2″. As long as a bat features the USA Baseball mark and appears on the approved bat list, it is approved for play regardless of barrel diameter.

Why are there no wood bats in Little League?

One reason to not use a wood bat in little leagues is that the players don’t have the power nor timing skills to hit the ball far. If everyone in the little league were using a wooden bat, you would not see many balls hit to an outfielder. The second reason to discourage wooden bats is due to their cost if they break.

Can Little League use BBCOR bats?

BBCOR bats are only allowed in Little League’s Senior League, Intermediate (50-70) and Junior League divisions. BBCOR bats must be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark (See the BBCOR mark here). Learn more about Little League’s decision on BBCOR bats.

What makes a bat illegal?

Generally, any tampering that changes the original specifications of the baseball bat will cause the bat to be illegal for any baseball league. Illegal tampering includes adjusting the bat’s weight, length, or surface area. Certain levels of the game also have bat specifications that must be adhered to.

What is an illegal bat?

An illegal bat is defined as when any player bats or punches a loose ball in the field of play. This can occur anywhere on the field, including the endzones. Batted balls mostly occur during fumbles. Teams who are trying to recover the ball may miss the ball and then not gain possession.

What is a Usssa bat?

USSSA Baseball Bats are certified by the United States Specialty Sports Association at 1.15 BPF, or Bat Performance Factor. USSSA Bats can have up to a 2 3/4″ barrel diameter and are built for Travel Baseball Players up to 14 years old.

What bats are illegal in USA Baseball?

Starting in 2021, Perfect game bans all the USSSA banned bats, see below, and the 2017 DeMarini CF drop 5, the 2016 USSSA CF8 line of bats (5, 8, 10), the 2015 CF7 in a drop 5 and the 2015 Eaton XL1 in a drop 5. All banned for Perfect Game starting 2021.

What is the BPF rating for USSSA bats?

USSSA (1.15 BPF): Bat Performance Factor measures how fast the ball comes off of the bat. 1.15 is the standard for travel baseball bats.

What bats can you use in 13U?

Starting January 1, 2020, all 13U baseball events and all teams in 13U events must use a maximum drop-8 or minus-8 bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped.

What size bat should a 10 year old use?

The right bat size for a 10-year-old, as determined by usage, is a 29 or 30-inch drop 10 or 11 bat. The drop is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight in ounces.

What is a good size bat for an 8 year old?

After surveying over 200 parents of 8 year old players we found that the right bat size for an 8 year old is, on average, 28 inches and 18 ounces (28/18). The second most common is 29-inches and 19-ounces followed very closely by a 27/17. We suggest the right size bat for most 8U players to be a 28/18.

What size bat does a 7 year old need?

The right bat size for most 7-year-olds is a 27/17. We know this because we surveyed hundreds of parents of small players and found that 7-year-olds are most happy with a 27/17 and swing it most often. The next most popular bat was a 28/18 followed by the 26/16.

How do I know if my bat is USSSA approved?

(1) Qualified BBCOR bat – 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. Minimum bat length is 29 inches.

What bats are USSSA approved?

USSSA Baseball Bats are USSSA approved youth baseball bats with a length-to-weight ratio from Drop 5, Drop 8, Drop 10, Drop 11, and Drop 12. These bats have a barrel range starting at 2 5/8in and up to 2 3/4in.

What bats are legal for Pony baseball?

NO bats larger than two and five-eighth inch (2-5/8″) diameter are allowed at any level of play. Two and five-eighth inch (2-5/8″) diameter bats that weigh minus 3 (-3) and have the “BBCOR Certified” stamp on them are legal, as long as they are designed for baseball use.

Why do USSSA bats hit farther?

With 1.5 BPF and a larger barrel diameter, USSSA bats offer much more pop when hitting the ball, increased springiness, and thus a greater trampoline effect. According to several research testings, USSSA bats provide a 5 to 10 percent increase when it comes to how fast the ball flies and how far the batters hit it.

Why do USSSA bats have more pop?

All USSSA bats have a 1.15 Bat Performance Factor, which essentially measures how fast the ball comes off the bat at impact. In general, this standard allows USSSA bats to have more “pop” than other youth bats.