New Baseball Bat Rule

Updated Monday December 14, 2015 by Liberty Hill Youth League.

A new bat rule has been approved by the Liberty Hill Youth League Board. It aligns with the recent changes made by Centex All Stars, so any bat used during the regular season will be allowed during All Stars. The new bat rule is: 

The official bat shall be round in cross section for its entire length, straight from end to end for its entire length and smooth surfaced in the hitting area.

1) For ages 8and under- The maximum diameter shall not exceed two and five eights (2 5/8) inches. All bats larger in diameter than two and one quarter (2 ¼) inches must be "equal to or heavier" than minus 10 (-10) for U6 thru U8. For example -10, -9, -8, -7, -6 or -5 are acceptable length to weight ratio’s whereas -11, -12 and -13 would not.

2) For ages 9 and older- The maximum diameter shall not exceed two and three quarters (2 ¾) inches. All bats larger in diameter than two and one quarter (2 ¼) must be labeled with either a BBCOR or 1.15BPF stamp.

The maximum length shall not exceed thirty-six (36) inches. The bat shall be constructed of wood, aluminum, or any other material or combination of materials. Any material to improve the grip may be used for a distance not to exceed eighteen (18) inches from the handle end. All bats must be commercially manufactured for baseball play, softball bats or bats altered after manufacture to reduce or add weight will not be allowed.  Penalty: First Offense - If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to the Centex bat rule stated above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out and/or ejection from the game. If the umpire discovers that a bat has been used to put a ball in play and before the next legal pitch, the defensive team will have the choice of the result of play or the batter being called out and all runners returning to the base occupied before the pitch. Second Offense – If a team is found in violation of this rule a second time, then the manager will be ejected in addition to the First Offense penalty.

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