Last Updated: September 25, 2017
Select a News Item: 

2015 Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Bat Rules

 

Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth Information

 

2015 Bat Rules

 

 

 

APPROVED BATS FOR 2015:

 

Please note the following details on all baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for 2015 local league and tournament play. Such descriptions are included as part of the 2015 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.

 

 

 

NON-COMPLIANT BATS FOR 2015:

 

Contained below is a current listing of non-compliant bats that are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball program or activity.

 

 

 

Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that the following bats have failed recent performance standard compliance testing:

 

  • Nike Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey)

  • Nike Aero CX2-BTO573 (dark grey)

  • Nike Aero CX2-BTO598 (blue)

  • Mattingly Balistk Bat Model – BTKYB (blue)

  • Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty – 12 bat – Model YB12D(black/red/grey)

 

 

 

Effective immediately and until further notice, the bats listed above are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

 

 

 

Babe Ruth League, Inc. 2015 Approved And Non-Compliant Bats

 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised Babe Ruth League, Inc. that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the following bats:

 

  • Marucci CAT-52 33-inch model

  • Marucci CAT-52 34-inch model

  • Marucci Black 33-inch and 34-inch models

  • Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model

    Effective immediately and until further notice, the bats listed above are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

     

 

 

 

PENALTY FOR USE OF NON_COMPLIANT BATS

 

  • 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 Headquarter