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2020 Equipment Rules - Bats and Shoes

By Jason Sheehan, 02/27/20, 6:15AM CST

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Rules for Bats and Shoes

2020 EQUIPMENT Rules – Owatonna Baseball

1. Shoes

  • 9 - 12 year olds will use molded cleats or tennis shoes.
  • NO METAL SPIKES ALLOWED!
     
  • 13-15 year olds will be allowed to use metal spikes.
    Note: Some tournaments may not allow metal spikes to be used on their portable mounds.
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2.  Bats - The following pertains to the legality of bats in the MBL and South Central League

All ages – All bats must have the new USA stamp (unless using a -3 BBCOR bat or Wood bat).  Bats with one-piece rubber grip and knob combination are ILLEGAL.

*The USA stamp is required for all Tournaments and for “AA” teams playing in the MBL league, as well as U13 & U14 "A" teams playing in the South Central League (this is new for 2020).  This is not required for our U11 & U12 "A" teams in the South Central League.  

MBL League (Owatonna "AA" teams):

  • 9 - 13 year olds
    • Bats must be 2 1/4" with unlimited weight differential; or
    • Bats must be 2 3/8", 2 5/8", or 2 3/4" barrel and have a minus 11 differential or less (i.e. 31" length bat with 20 oz. weight = -11 differential)
  • 14 year olds
    • Bats must be 2 5/8" with -5 or less weight differential; or
    • Can use -3 BBCOR bat; or wood bat

 

South Central League (Owatonna "A" teams):

  • 9 - 12 year olds
    • Bats with 2 1/4" barrel must have:
      • The new 1.15 BPF OR the USA Bat approved stamp; or
      • The old BPF 1.15 mark; or
      • Be a wooden bat
    • Bats with a barrel larger then 2 1/4" must have:
      • The new 1.15 BPF OR the USA Bat approved stamp; or
      • Have a BBCOR stamp; or
      • Be a wooden bat
  • 13 - 14 year olds
    • Bats with 2 1/4" barrel must have:
      • Must have the USABat stamp; or
      • Be a wooden bat
    • Bats with a barrel larger then 2 1/4" must have:
      • Must have the USA Bat stamp; or
      • Have a BBCOR stamp; or
      • Be a wooden bat

*Note: When competing in weekend tournaments, all Owatonna "A" team bat rules will follow the MBL rules above, please keep this in mind if you are purchasing a new bat for your player.

For a full listing of allowable bats with USA stamp - visit https://usabat.com/.