Bat Rules for 2018

Latest info on Bats for use in Cal Ripken Baseball

Updated Sunday May 20, 2018 by Rod Stimpson.

There have been a lot of questions regarding bats so we thought we'd post all the info we have in one place. Below (and attached) are the latest updates on what bats are legal for use in Cal Ripken Leagues. If you have questions please check with your District Commissioner.

Offical announcement from Babe Ruth League

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2018
Last Updated 12/7/2017

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2018 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2018 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

  1. Approved Bats - Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball

a.    Cal Ripken Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking. The Barrel Maximum is 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For the T-Ball Division, bats must be marked with the USABat T-Ball Stamp.

b.    Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division – All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".

c.     Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division - All non-wood bats MUST be a BBCOR .50 and no greater than a -3. Barrel - 2 5/8".

Easton Bat Disqualified

USA Baseball informed youth organizations, including Babe Ruth League, Inc., that effective immediately and until further notice, the bat identified as the Easton Ghost X YBB18GX10 30/20 2 5/8" (or the "Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8" at retail) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard.


USABat: Easton Ghost X 30/20

Model Number(s): YBB18GX10 30/20 (D: 2 5/8), LL18GHX 30/20 (D: 2 5/8)

Length: 30" (-10)

All other certified lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X USABat remain approved for play


If any of these bats are used during competition, it should be considered an illegal and non-compliant bat. Coaches and team administrators are encouraged to check their team's bats and withhold these bats from play. League administrators should share this information with their umpires.


Wood Bats

Babe Ruth Headquarters sent the following reply to our inquiry about wood bats: "The wood bat just needs to be a single piece of wood and not exceed 34 inches in length. They won't have any other marking on it such as USABat or others that matter. The only other wood bat question I get is on Bamboo bats; these are not considered wood and are NOT legal."

Attached are further details on wooden bats and the Easton bat disqualification.

Easton Bat Decertification.pdf
Wood Bat Confirmation.pdf