Originally, Baseball Australia decreed that the new Rules would not be implemented in Australia until season 2019-20. That has now altered.
As a result the Hills Bat Rules will change for Season 2018-19. The Leagues most affected will be 12U and U11 (Major and Minor LL)
We will continue to allow the existing 2 1/4" dia bats, with an increase in the drop weight (difference between the length and weight of the bat) to minus 11. Bat can be heavier, minus 10, but not lighter (eg minus 12).
The existing Rules of no composite, two piece or connexion style bats will continue with no exceptions.
The USA Bat Rules will be conditionally introduced. Bats must be of alloy construction.
No composite, two piece or connexion style bats will be allowed. The maximum drop weight in LL and Minor LL is minus 11.
As previously advised the bat Rules for Intermediate League will be the same as Douglass League.
There is another change in bats for 14U (Junior LL and Street Leagues). Sensibly BBCOR bats are now allowed to be used in this age, this provides 'transportability' of bats across this age group and 17U. The existing rule of a minus 8 differential (drop weight) remains. Existing 2 1/4" dia bats, minus 10 drop weight, can be used in Hay and Street Leagues for at least this Season
Youth League remains an 'all wood bat' League.
Cashmore should either be wood or BBCOR, however we will continue to allow non composite, connexion or two piece bats with a maximum of minus 5 drop weight.
There is no change in the Rules for Under 10 or Under 9.
It is suggested that if any person has queries re the legality of a particular bat then they contact J Yard