LBA: League News: 2013 BAT RULES, ALL DIVISIONS

Wednesday, March 13
2013 BAT RULES, ALL DIVISIONS
Babe Ruth League, under which Cal Ripken league is affiliated, has issued this year's ruling on approved bats.  Below is a summary of requirements.  Please note that even though a bat may meet the dimensional and marking requirements, it could fail performance testing!  There are already a number of bats listed as non-compliant; please refer to BRL Bat Rules for details.

APPROVED BATS FOR 2013:  To follow up our previous correspondence and information posted on the Babe Ruth League website, the following details on all 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 2¼" in diameter. Only 2¼" barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed. Wood 2 ¼" 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.

NON-COMPLIANT BATS:  Following s a list of non-compliant bats as of 3/13/2013.

- Nike #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue)
- Marucci CAT-52 33" model, CAT-52 34" model, and Black 33" and 34" models
- Reebok Vector-TLS 33" model
- Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty bat (Model - YB12D -- (black/red/grey)
- Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk bat (Model - BTKYB, blue)