The Colony Youth Baseball Association
League approved batting helmets must be worn when a player steps into the batter's box, coach's box or on deck. This includes practices and games. Batting helmets are to be provided by each player and must be league approved. In the T-Ball and 6U divisions, the batting helmet may also be equipped with a protective face mask/cage.
TCYBA will follow USSSA Bat Rules summarized below:
Big Barrel Bat Rules (2 5/8” or 2 ¾”) – 14U & Below
Effective January 1, 2012:
- Have the new USSSA Mark on its taper OR
- Be a Qualified BBCOR bat OR
- Be a Wood Bat
Small Barrel Baseball Bat Rules (2 ¼” or less)
- Have the new USSSA mark on its taper OR
- Be a Wood Bat
All above bats (Big Barrel and Small Barrel) must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee.
* Qualified BBCOR Bat – A Big Barrel bat that is made by a USSSA approved bat license, has a BBCOR mark permanently attached to the bat that is recognized by NHSF as a legal bat for NHSF sanctioned play and has no more than a minimum minus 3 ounces difference from the length of the bat and is a minimum bat length of 29 inches.
For a complete listing of the USSSA bat rules, the new USSSA Mark and for approved USSSA Bat Licensed manufacturers, please see the USSSA baseball website at www.usssabaseball.org.
Many tournaments have bat rules that differ from USSSA, which may result in a bat that is legal for play under the TCYBA being illegal for play in a tournament. Coaches should always check with the tournament director concerning bat rules prior to participating in a tournament to ensure only a legal bat is utilized in competition.
Penalty for use of illegal bats:
The bat rule adopted is for the safety of players. It is a coach’s responsibility to ensure that the bats being used by their players conform to the bat rule and as such, offenses are considered a serious breach of rules.
First Offense – If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to USSSA Rules and prior to a ball being put into play, the umpire will remove the bat from play and the player must then utilize a legal bat. It shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out and/or ejection from the game. If the umpire discovers that a bat has been used to put a ball in play and before the next legal pitch, the defensive team will have the choice of the result of play or the batter being called out and all runners returning to the base occupied before the pitch.
Second Offense – If a team is found in violation of this rule a second time (coming to the plate with an illegal bat – whether or not a ball is put into play), then the manager (or acting manager) will be ejected in addition to the First Offense penalty.
See section VII for issues concerning managers/coaches ejected from games.
For all divisions, catchers are required to wear proper protective equipment including a chest protector, shin guards, a catcher’s mask with throat guard and NOCSAE approved headgear which gives protection to the top of the head and both ears when catching behind the plate. In the 10U, 12U and 14U Divisions catchers must wear an athletic supporter with cup and use a catcher’s glove (a fielder’s glove will not be permitted for use). Players without proper equipment will not be allowed to catch. All equipment must be worn by a catcher during warm-up of the pitcher whether the pitcher is warming up from the mound, in the bullpen or elsewhere.
In addition to the cup requirement for catchers above, all male players are strongly encouraged to use cup type supporters for all other positions at all times.
If the field of play warrants attention during the course of play, the umpire or coaches should secure the on-site league official that will determine the appropriate course of action.
Once a game is started, the umpires make judgments to stop play, although the official cancellation of games due to weather shall be the responsibility of league officials.