As a reminder, most youth baseball organizations, including ours, have adopted new bat rules for 2018; basically you can no longer use any bats from last year (2017) or earlier in Cal Ripken League Baseball (12-years-old and under).  Only bats that bear the new USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in our rec league and our travel program beginning in 2018.  The MTBA will provide a few of these new compliant bat models in all of our rec team equipment bags for use by any players on a rec team.

Here is a summary of the changes as documented by Babe Ruth League Baseball:

2018 Bat Rule Changes

  • Cal Ripken Baseball Division - All non-wood bats must have USABat Marking. Barrel Maximum 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For T-Ball, bats must be marked with USABat T-Ball Stamp.
  • Babe Ruth 13-15 Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".
  • Babe Ruth 16-18 Division - All non-wood bats must be BBCOR .50 and no greater than -3. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".

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.

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