2011 Bat Rules by Major Governing BodiesBy
2011 Bat Rules by Major Governing Bodies
National Collegiate Athletic Association – BBCOR standard will go into effect January 1, 2011. This BBCOR standard also includes ABI testing on Accelerated Break-in. No BESR bats will be allowed.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – NAIA will follow the NCAA standard
National Junior College Athletic Association – NJCAA will follow the NCAA standard
National Federation of High School Athletic Associations – BESR standards will be allowed in 2011 provided those bats can meet the ABI standard. In 2012 and beyond the bats must meet the BBCOR standard.
Amateur Athletic Union – For divisions 15U and older, National Federation of High School Athletic Association rules apply but under that age group there are no restrictions.
Babe Ruth Baseball – All divisions will use of both metal and wood bats. All bats must be no larger than 2 ¾ inches in diameter and less than 42 inches in length. In Cal Ripken Division the bats shall not be more than 33 inches in length nor have a bat barrel more than 2 ¼ inch in diameter.
Little League Baseball – For major division and below bats will not have more than 33 inches in length and no more than 2 ¼ inches in diameter. No wood bats shall be printed with a bat performance factor of 1.15 or less. Junior division bats shall not be longer than 34 inches and the barrel cannot be more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter. Senior league and big league division’s bats shall be no more than 36 inches in length and no more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter. All non-wood bats shall meet the BESR performance standard and all bats should be labeled with a certification mark. There is also a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the junior, senior and big league divisions and will remain in effect until further notice.
All of these rules are subject to change without notice and we are not responsible for any omission. Please check with your specific league prior to purchasing a baseball bat. Your league can provide you will details. Please don’t purchase a bat without reviewing the rules of your league.