USA Baseball's 2012 bat guidelines
|AGE GROUP||RULE||ASSOCIATED EVENTS|
|Any solid (one piece) wood bat||Tournament of Stars
18U National Team
18U National Team Trials
17U National Team Development Program
Labor Day Cup
|Any BBCOR -3 bat||
15U National Team
15U National Team Trials
14U National Team Development Program
|Women's||Any non-composite BESR -3 (category A) or
approved-composite BESR -3 (category C)
any BBCOR -3 bat
any non-composite -5 bat
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.