Little League International Bat Rules and Information

Little League Equipment Rules/Recommendations

Little League bat rules:
Bat rules and bat choices can be confusing for parents and coaches. Little League makes annual adjustments to their bat rules to keep the game safe. Bat information such as a printable list of certified bats, new baseball bat standards, and bat rules for the 2017 baseball season can be found by clicking the following link.

Please note as of January 1, 2018 the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League – approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for the use in any Little League games or activities for the year 2018.

What bat can my child 12 years/under use in Little League games 2016?
Bats can be 2 1⁄4” in diameter ore less, and can be 33” length or shorter. Non‐wood bats must be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less, and must be approved by Little League.

What bat can my 15U child use in Little League games 2016?
Bats can be 2 5/8” diameter or smaller, 36” length or shorter and have a drop of ‐3 oz. Non‐wood bats must be labeled with BBCOR .50 certification mark.

Which bat materials are best for my 12U child?
Wood bats are solid and provide the classic feel, sound, and performance of wood. Wood bats can break and are typically heavier than alloy or composite bats. Wood bats have an inexpensive to intermediate price point.

Metal alloy bats can range from fair to exceptional performance. They are hottest right out of the wrapper, with performance gradually waning over time. These bats are durable, lightweight, and have an inexpensive to intermediate price point. Full composite bats tend to have the highest performance. These bats have a break in period, but tend to get “hotter” with use. After a period of time, composite bats will either fail, or break.. Most of the boys you see on ESPN use composite bats. Full composite bats will have the most expensive price point.

My child travels to tournaments. Do the bat rules change for tournament play?
Bat rules stay consistent in all Little League sanctioned games/tournaments. When participating in other tournaments, follow the rules of the organization that sanctions the tournament.‐rules.aspxS