Baseball Equipment

Equipment Guidelines

Before purchasing equipment for your son or daughter to use in playing Tigard Little League baseball, please review the following guidelines taken from rules cited in the Little League International rulebook.

Important for 2018: There are new Little League baseball rules that take affect January 1, 2018. All bats must display the USABat logo.

Equipment Guideline
Bats

Rule 1.10 - Baseball

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat - USA Baseball's Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF - 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

Tee Ball:

Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

Minor/Major Divisions:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

It shall not be more than 34" inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.


For more information check out the LLI Bat Resource Page.

Glove or Mitt

The first baseman and every fielder other than the catcher must wear a glove or mitt of any weight and not more than 14" long from top to bottom, not more the 8" wide across the palm, and webbing not more than 5" wide at the top.

The pitcher's glove may not, exclusive of the piping, be white or light gray, nor in the judgment of an umpire distracting in any manner.

No pitcher shall wear sweat bands on their wrist or arm.

Helmets

All helmets must bear the NOCSAE stamp. Helmets must have a non-glare surface and cannot be mirror-like in nature. Helmets may not be re-painted and may not contain tape, re-applied decals, or decals by anyone other than the manufacturer.

Label your child's helmet by using a permanent marker and writing the player's name on the foam inside as writing on the helmet surface may disqualify the helmet from play.

Catcher's Equipment

The catcher must wear a catcher's mitt. Catchers must wear a cup and a long or short model chest protector. All catchers must wear: a chest protector with a neck collar, throat guard, shin guards, and a catcher's helmet with mask.

The catcher's helmet must bear the NOCSAE stamp (skull caps are not permitted).

All catchers must wear a "dangling" type throat guard during infield/outfield practice, pitcher warm-ups, and games. Dangling means the throat guard will still hang down and protect the neck area when the catcher is looking straight up.

Miscellaneous

Shoes with molded cleats are permitted at all levels.

Players must not wear watches, bracelets, rings, pins, and jewelry (metallic or non-metallic). Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition is permitted.

Tigard Little League has partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods to provide our families an opportunity to purchase product at a discount or certain weekends in the Spring. Check the calendar for specific dates.