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PLL Bat Regulations

Non-wood bats used in all PLL divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Standard.

All BPF – 1.15 (USSSA) bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season.

Tee Ball:

  • Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text.

Instructional, Rookies, Minors:

  • The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League and has the USA Baseball mark.
  • It must be less than 33” in length.
  • The barrel may be either 2 1/4” or 2 5/8” diameter.
  • The bat may be alloy, composite, or wood. Two-piece bats are allowed.
  • The use of tee ball bats is prohibited in Rookies and Minors.
  • A non-wood bat must have a grip and the grip must be in good condition.
  • Wood bats may not be less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
  • The use of batting donuts is prohibited.

Intermediate:

  • The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League and has the USA Baseball mark.
  • It must be less than 34” in length.
  • The barrel may be either 2 1/4” or 2 5/8” diameter.
  • Bat drop must be -10 or lighter. Bats with drops of -9, -8, -5 and -3 are NOT allowed.
  • The bat may be alloy, composite, or wood. Two-piece bats are allowed.
  • A non-wood bat must have a grip and the grip must be in good condition.
  • Wood bats may not be less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
  • The use of batting donuts is prohibited.
  • BBCOR bats are not allowed for in-house PLL games or practices, but may be used in Interleague or Tournament play.

Recommendations

  • A note on bat drops: the drop is the difference between bat length (inches) and weight (ounces). So a 30” bat weighing 18 oz. has a drop of 12 (often written as -12). Bats with higher drops (-11, -12) are recommended for young players. These bats are easier to control through the strike zone, and will lead to better bat speed and swing mechanics.
  • Don’t buy a bat to “grow into”. A bat that is too long, or too heavy, will be difficult for a child to swing. This will lead to poor hitting mechanics, strike outs, and frustration.
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