Aluminum and Composite Bats
Beginning with the 2011 season, for a non-wooden baseball bat to be legal in NCAA play, it must conform to the new BBCOR
(“Ball Bat Co-efficient of Restitution”) standard. Each bat must have the BBCOR logo printed on the bat so that umpires may readily and easily identify whether the bat is legal.Non-wooden bats cannot be longer than 36 inches and can weigh only 3 ounces less than the bat’s length (i.e. a 33 inch bat can weigh no less than 30 ounces.)
For a wooden baseball bat to be legal in NCAA play, it must be no longer than 42 inches in length and have a barrel of no more than 2 3/4″ in diameter. The bat cannot have any material to improve the grip (i.e. tape, pine tar, etc.) further than 18 inches from the end of the handle. A one inch indentation (cupping) at the end of the bat is permitted.
Illegal Bat Rules
- If the ball is hit, the batter is out.
- If found during an at bat when a pitch has been thrown, the batter is declared out and the baserunners shall not advance.
- If found before the at bat begins, the bat is removed from the game. The batter is not called out, but must use a conforming bat.
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