Approved Bats

From Babe Ruth League: This correspondence provides details on all  baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for 2014 local league  and tournament play.  Such descriptions will be included as part of the  2014 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 2 ¼”  in diameter.  Only 2 ¼” 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.

Banned Bats

Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue) have failed recent performance standard compliance testing.

Effective immediately and until further notice, Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue), including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised Babe Ruth League, Inc. that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the Marucci CAT5 33-inch model.

Effective immediately and until further notice, this bat (Marucci CAT5 33” length) is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

Penalty

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, do not hesitate to contact Babe Ruth Headquarters