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AGE GROUP RULE ASSOCIATED EVENTS
12U No longer than 33 inches
No specific weight/length ratio limit
Wood or metal is allowed
Composite is allowed if on the LL approved list
11U players may use a 2 1/4- or 2 5/8-inch barrel as long as it meets the BPF standard of 1.15
14U
15U
Any BBCOR -3 bat 14U Cup
14U/15U Championships
16U
17U
18U
Any solid (one piece) wood bat and NFHS
approved BBCOR wood barrel baseball bats
17U Championships
16U Cup
17U Cup
Labor Day Cup (16U/18U divisions)

These standards are in accordance with those of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). For a summary of their approved and unapproved bats, please click here. All 2014 USA Baseball events will adhere to the NFHS's stated move to BBCOR-only standards for non-wood bats.

Bat Protest Procedure

Teams wishing to protest the use of an illegal bat must notify the umpire before the next at-bat. Once the first pitch to the next batter has been thrown, the protest will be considered invalid.

Result of Successful Protest

A successful protest will result in the automatic ejection of the player committing the infraction and the manager of the infracting team. The protesting team can then choose to accept an automatic out or the result of the play.

Non-Team Related Occurrences

Players participating in USA Baseball camps or individual based identification events that are found to have committed an infraction will have their participation reviewed by the operating staff and may face expulsion from the event.

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