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Updated Bat Rules

 

DATE:

 

Updated for 2018 Playing Season

RE:

 

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."
 

Approved bats: Effective January 1, 2018:

All bat levels will need to have the USA Baseball Stamp on it. If the bat has a USA stamp on it then it can be used for any of the divisions in the Riverside Bradford Baseball League, all other bats will be illegal. The barrel sizes for these bats will be from 2 1/4-2 5/8 and the new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so players can use bats made with light-weight material as long as the USA stamp is on the bat. All other bats from previous years will now be considered illegal starting January 1, 2018.  

Below is what the stamp will look like on the bats.  

Illegal bats Effective January 1, 2018:

USSSA (U triple S A) - These stamped bats WILL NOT be allowed in the Riverside Bradford Baseball League in 2018

PENALTY

  • If an illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his/her "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
  • If a player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension 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.
  • If an illegal bat is 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.

For additional information, visit the Babe Ruth League/Cal Ripken Baseball website at http://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx