Parks and Recreation

Posted on: October 11, 2017

New Bat Standards for Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Enforced in 2018

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations including Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, has adopted a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat) will be implemented on January 1, 2018. For a complete list of approved bats, click on this link:

Cal Ripken Baseball has approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.

The La Porte Park and Recreation Department offers Cal Ripken Baseball for ages 7-12 and Babe Ruth Baseball for ages 13-15. These bat rule changes do not affect our Girls Softball program, which affiliates with the National Softball Association which has its own bat rules (, or our T-Ball program.

For more information on the new bat rules, click on this link: or contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at 219-326-9600 or

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