Bat Information

UpdatedMonday April 12, 2021 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.

BAT TYPES

Alloy/Metal Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel of the bat are entirely comprised of an alloy/metal material, exclusive of the end cap.

Composite Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel of the bat are comprised of a composite or Fiberglass-like material.
                            Note: A bat with any composite material in the barrel, exclusive of the end cap, is considered a composite bat.

Wood Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel are comprised from a single piece of wood or the handle and barrel are made of multiple pieces of wood through a “laminating or compressed” process. 

Hybrid or Half-and-Half Bat – A type of bat where the handle and barrel differ in composition material.

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BASEBALL RULES FOR BATS:

COACH PITCH, ROOKIES, MINOR & MAJOR DIVISIONS - ANY level of 60' baseball
Any bat that bears the USA BASEBALL mark shall be accepted
this applies to 2 1/4 and/or 2 5/8 diameter bat


INTERMEDIATE 70’ DIVISION & 90’ DIVISION
Any bat that bears the USA BASEBALL mark shall be accepted
this applies to 2 1/4 and/or 2 5/8 diameter bat

BBCOR high school bats are allowed in these divisions


NOTE FOR PARENTS & PLAYERS - BASEBALL ONLY
Illegal bats WILL NOT be allowed in games/practice

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SOFTBALL RULES FOR BATS:

The bat must be a softball bat which meets league specifications and standards as noted in this rule.

It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to league standards.

Minors (8U, 10U) & Majors (12U) 

The bat shall be no more than 33 inches in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part.

Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20.  

Junior League (softball 14U) 

The bat shall be no more than 34 inches in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part.

Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20