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Jan, 2024

New Bat Rules

2019 New Baseball Bat Rules

Beginning with the 2019 Washington baseball season, the league will be adopting the USA
baseball bat standards for all divisions. Bats that do not have the USA Certified Baseball
(USABat) certification (see examples below) are not permitted to be used during league
practices or games.

League umpires and managers from opposing teams may request to inspect team bats during a
stoppage of play during a game if an illegal bat is suspected. If a bat that is not permitted is used
during a game, the batter will be called out immediately. If a batter is discovered to have used an
illegal bat after they have reached base safely, all runners will return to their original base(s) and
the batter will be called out.

If a team continues to violate this rule and uses illegal bats in game play after a single violation,
the team may be required to forfeit the game(s) when illegal bats were used as determined by
the division commissioner.

Please click here to find more information on the this USA bat certification, legal, and illegal bats.

Bats legal for practice and games will have the USA Certified Baseball (USABat) certification
on the barrel of the bat:

Bats with other certifications such as the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification are now considered
illegal for all league practice and games:

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