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What is a legal bat?

Rules for Bats

 

Baseball:

  • For Minor (3rd/4th grade) and Major (5th/6th grade) Leagues:
    • Maximum diameter for a bat is 2-1/4"
    • Bats must be USSSA certified, that is they have the 1.15 BPF stamp or
    • Bats must meet the new USA Baseball standard or
    • Bats must be wood (solid, one piece)
  • For Pony (7th/8th grade) and Colt (high school):
    • Maximum diameter for a bat is 2-5/8" (big barrel)
    • Bats must be USSSA certified, that is they have the 1.15 BPF stamp or
    • Bats must meet the new USA Baseball standard or
    • Bats must be BBCOR certified or
    • Bats must be wood (solid, one piece)
  • Big barrel (diameter of 2-5/8") bats are allowed for Grizzlies and Cougars
    • Please check tournament and league rules to ensure your bat is compliant as those can vary.
    • Until further notice, USSSA tournaments and GameDay USA tournaments will allow USSSA certified bats.

Softball:

  • Bats must have a 2-1/4" barrel diameter
  • Bats cannot be longer than 34 inches
  • Bats cannot be heavier than 31-1/2 ounces
  • For Junior, Intermediate, Filly and Senior leagues:
    • Bats must have an ASA certification stamp or
    • Bats must have a USSSA 1.20 BPF stamp
  • Travel players should check league and tournament rules to see which certification is required.

General:  

  • Worn, abused, or damaged bats are never allowed. 
  • Bats with foreign substances on the barrel/taper not allowed.

FAQ:

General:

  • Are composite bats allowed?
    • Yes, as long as they are certified by one of the organizations listed above.
  • Is there a bat drop restriction for house players?
    • As long as the bats meet the criteria stated above, there is no restriction on bat drop.
  • What is bat drop?
    • The drop is the length of the bat in inches minus the weight of the bat in ounces.  For example, a 30 inch bat that weighs 20 ounces is a drop 10 or -10 bat.

Baseball:

  • Why is LZBSA not requiring bats with USA Baseball certification?
    • In order to lessen the financial impact on our families, we are not mandating compliance to USA Baseball standards.  Eventually, the bat manufacturers will move to the new standards and any new purchases will be compliant with those standards.
    Will travel and part-time travel baseball players need to be compliant with USA Baseball standards in 2019?
    • USA Baseball certified bats are legal to use in USSSA events but not required.  Bats with a USSSA 1.15 BPF or BBCOR stamps are legal also.
  • What does the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp look like?
  • What does the BBCOR stamp look like?
  • What does the USA Baseball stamp look like?

Softball:

  • What does the ASA certification stamp look like?
  • What does the USSSA 1.20 BPF stamp look like?