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Bat Selection

NOTE: The new USA Bat Standard will NOT be used during the Spring 2018 season for the Hopewell STANDARD RECREATION leagues. USA Standard bats will be allowed in our Recreation leagues, but they will NOT be required.

The USA bat standard WILL TAKE EFFECT for ALL SELECT and ALL-STAR teams for the SPRING/SUMMER 2018 SEASON beginning January 1, 2018. 

 

15U-13U Recreation

The bat may not exceed 34" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 3/4 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.

12U/11U Recreation

The bat may not exceed 33" inches in length and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 3/4 in diameter. Only 2 3/4 barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed. Wood 2 1/4" barrel bats are allowed. Bats marked USA Baseball will also be allowed.

10U/9U/8U Recreation

All non-wood bats “MUST” meet 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) for the life of the bat and “MUST” possess a “clearly identifiable” manufacture’s certification stamp. This will include 2 1/4, 2 5/8, and 2 3/4 barrel bats.  Bats marked USA Baseball will also be allowed.

7U, 6U, 5U and Mini-hitters Recreation

All non-wood bats “MUST” meet 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) for the life of the bat and “MUST” possess a “clearly identifiable” manufacture’s certification stamp. This will include 2 1/4 barrel bats ONLY Bats marked USA Baseball will also be allowed. NO BIG BARREL BATS ALLOWED IN THESE AGE GROUPS.

 

12U-5U Select and All-Stars ONLY

USA standard bats must be used. Details below.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE -3 BAT (BBCOR CERTIFIED), ALL OTHER 2 5/8 INCH MINUS FACTOR BATS (-5, -7,-9, ETC.) MUST BE YBBCOR CERTIFIED WITH THE USABat LICENSING STAMP ON THE BAT IN ORDER TO BE USED FOR LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT PLAY.

Look for the USABat logo on a bat to ensure it is legal for All-Star and Select League Play!!