Important Information Regarding Composite Bats
On Sept. 1, 2010, Little League placed a moratorium on composite-barreled baseball bats with a barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches. That moratorium was extended to 2 1/4 inch composite-barreled baseball bats on Dec. 30, 2010. Both moratoriums remain in place, but some specific models of
composite-barreled baseball bats have received a waiver of the moratorium after a testing/approval process.
How to Identify Composite Bats:
Most bats will indicate whether it is composite or metal/alloy. Look closely at the barrel for its designation and composition. For any others, you would need to check the manufacturer website or call them to see if the specific model has a composite barrel.
This moratorium as applied by Little League International, disallows the use of all baseball bats constructed with composite material in its barrel unless a specific model shows in laboratory testing that it will not exceed the standard that is printed on the bat, after the bat is broken in.
Wooden and aluminum metal/alloy bats are not subject to the moratorium. Bats that have only a metal or alloy barrel (and no other material, unless it is in the end cap of the bat), and if it meets the other standards (length, diameter, etc. for the respective division in which it is used) are not subject to the moratorium, regardless of the composition of the handle or the transition to the barrel.
For the most up to date information regarding the use of
including a list of approved bats, please visit:
2011 Pitch Count Rules
For all of Little League Baseball’s history, and for the history of
amateur youth baseball in general, pitching regulations have used innings
pitched to determine pitcher eligibility. Starting with the 2007 season,
pitchers in all divisions of Little League, from age 7 to 18, will have specific
limits for pitches thrown each game, based on their age. The
number of pitches delivered in a game will determine the amount
of rest the player must have before pitching again.