Recreation > 2012 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL BAT CHANGES
TCRD UPDATE CONCERNING BATS FOR YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL (revised 2011)
from GRPA Athletic Committee for 2012
Softball bats must conform to the ASA Bat Standards and Specifications – see current rule book or Check www.asasoftball.com for updated list of legal bats.
Baseball bats for 7-12 must conform to Little League Bat Rule and 13 & over Leagues must conform to NFHS/GHSA bat rules. If your bat is not listed as an approved bat it will not be legal for league or tournament play. The official bat shall be round, and made of wood, metal, or other material acceptable for batting as approved by rules governing play in the Little League or GHSA/NFHS depending on age group. Regulation aluminum bats which meet GRPA standards are permitted in all divisions. Bat sizes for each division are as follows:
a. Baseball Bats: In the 9-10 (Mite) and 11-12 (Midget), and 11-12 (Midget “Major”- stealing, balk, etc.) Divisions, bats must not exceed thirty-three inches (33”) in length and two and one-quarter inches (2 ¼”) in diameter. The bat may be measured by an ASA bat ring. All 2 ¼ inch bats will be legal that meet the Little League (National Governing Body) rules for approved bats. These bats as specified by Little League should meet BPF and ABI guidelines as listed on list of approved bats, TCRD/GRPA will follow this list. Little League web site for information-- http:/littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbats.htm
b. Baseball Bats: Bats for Junior and Senior Baseball Divisions shall conform to National Federation and GHSA guidelines. The diameter at the thickest part shall be 2- 5/8” or less. The length shall be 36” or less. All bats must meet the standards set by The Georgia High School Association and The National Federation of High School Sports. The bat shall not weigh numerically more than 3 ounces less than the length. Bats on NFHS site also must include marking of BB-COR as required and may not be altered.
Example: A 32” long bat cannot be less than 29 ounces in weight.
c. There are no weight restrictions for bats in Mite and Midget divisions as in GHSA.