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Big Changes to Bat Rule in NYS

By GG, 02/06/19, 6:15PM EST


BBCOR Approved Bats eligible

The Department of NY American Legion Baseball Committee voted at the Mid Winter Conference to change the previous Wood Bat only rule to follow the bat rule set forth by the National American Legion.

The rule reads as follows.

B. Bat Rule.

1. Wood bat. The bat must be a smooth, rounded stick not more than 2¾ inches in diameter at its thickest part nor more than 42 inches in length. An indentation in the end of the bat up to 1 inch in depth is permitted (cupped bats).

2. Non-wood bats. Metal, ceramic, composite or graphite bats maybe used provided they do not exceed 36 inches in length and the maximum diameter is 25/8 inches.

3. Any non-wood bat must have the BBCOR certification code marked on the barrel of the bat.

4. Any non-wood bat that does not display the approved certification mark or in the umpire’s judgment has been altered shall be removed from the game, and the player and team manager shall be ejected.