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July 1, 2012

USA Baseball's 2012 bat guidelines

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AGE GROUP RULE ASSOCIATED EVENTS
18U
17U
16U
Any solid (one piece) wood bat Tournament of Stars
18U National Team
18U National Team Trials
NTIS 17U
NTIS 16U
17U National Team Development Program
17U Championships
Breakthrough Series
Labor Day Cup
16U Cup
15U
14U
Any BBCOR -3 bat 15U National Team
15U National Team Trials
15U Championships
14U National Team Development Program
NTIS 14U
Women's Any non-composite BESR -3 (category A) or
approved-composite BESR -3 (category C)
OR
any BBCOR -3 bat
OR
any non-composite -5 bat
OR
aluminum/alloy barrel and composite handle -5 bat
Women's National Team

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 2012 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.

14U Championships Bat Rules

(-3) BBCOR and (-5) BESR Bats are permitted. Composite bats are permitted only is they are BBCOR certified, BESR composites are not permitted.

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