New Youth Baseball Bat Standards

Feb 2, 2018 10:51 AM
Shain Hosterman

From Babe Ruth Official Website ( 

Babe Ruth League Bat Rules

2017 2018
Marked for T-Ball Use USA Baseball T-Ball Stamp

Cal-Ripken Baseball

2 1/4" Barrel with 1.15 BPF USA Baseball Marking
2 5/8" Barrel Maximum


Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15
2 5/8" Barrel
Aluminum or Composite
USA Baseball Marking or BBCOR .50
2 5/8” Barrel
Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18
All Bats Must Be
No Greater Than -3
All Bats Must Be
No Greater Than -3
Babe Ruth Softball
Marked as "Official Softball Bat"
or "Official Fastpitch Bat"
Marked as "Official Softball Bat"
or "Official Fastpitch Bat"


Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.

Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.



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

If you have any questions on approved or non-compliant bats, do not hesitate to contact Babe Ruth Headquarters.


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