Little League Bat Resource Guide
UPDATE: Little League Baseball, Incorporated has recently been informed that Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) is recalling the entire current line of the oneX fastpitch softball bat (all lengths and weights) from the market. Model numbers affected by this recall are FP136, FP1369 and FP1368. So, effectively immediately and until notified otherwise, these bats are no longer approved for play in at any level Little League Softball program. For more information, please visit - http://www.slugger.com/fastpitch/oneX_faqs.html.
Before you buy your child a new baseball bat or allow him/her to continue to use a baseball bat purchased in prior years, be sure to check out the resource page via the attached link for important information about Little League International's baseball bat regulations, including lists of approved & illegal bats.
Since the resource page deals almost entirely with baseball bats, it is also important for parents and coaches of Little League Softball players to know that rules do also apply to softball bats; the most obvious of which is summarized in the Little League Softball Rule below:
Rule 1.10 has been amended to read:
Applies to: Softball Rule Book
The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen/sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added requiring softball bats in all divisions of play to have a 1.20 BPF.
We hope you find this information useful.