NATIONAL CAPITAL BASEBALL LEAGUE
revised May 8, 2016
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Information regarding the use of Wood bats in the NCBL
(a) Wooden bats only to be used in Tier 1 starting June 1, 2007
(b) Wooden bats only to be used in Tier 2 starting June 1, 2008
(c) Wooden bats only to be used in Tier 3 starting May 1, 2010 (amended 2010 Spring Meeting)
(d) Wooden bats only to be used in Tier 4 starting May 1, 2011 (amended 2011 Spring
Wooden bat definitions:
June 4th, 2013 clarification sent to all team reps:
wood bats: To be legal, the core of a bat barrel must be made
only of wood. The barrel can be wrapped with a strengthening
material (these bats are commonly called composite bats) but the core
cannot be anything other than solid wood. Bats with handles made
of composite material attached to a wood core barrel are also legal.
However, any bat with a composite core running the length of the
bat is illegal - the barrel core must be wood.
June 14, 2013 guideline from ruling from protest committee:
legal bat is defined as made entirely of wood (ash, maple, birch,
bamboo, or other solid piece of wood such as hickory). Composite bats
are legal, as long as the barrel is entirely made up of wood or
engineered wood product that may include a thin polymer-based coating,
and that the handle be made up of wood or a composite material. The bat
may not contain any metal or alloy of any kind. Composite bats may not
exceed a -3 oz drop. All teams and players are responsible for ensuring
that they are using legal bats, and where questions arise, the teams
and/or players are responsible for obtaining approval of their bat from
the NCBL Commissioner or the Operational Committee.
noteworthy NCBL RuleDifferences
from Standard Baseball
by-law 2.2: games are 7 inning/extra innings within time limit. Mercy
rule of 10 runs any time after 5 innings (not applicable in playoffs).
by-law 2.4: except in tier 1, teams can play with only 8 players. Automatic
out for 9th player.
by-law 2.5: grace period is usually 15 minutes but is 30 minutes for
6:15 games with no change in 8:15 end time
by-law 2.9: in case of injury or ejection, when no substitutes
remain, any player except an ejected player may re-enter the game.
by-law 2.11: DH is permitted for any defensive player. Player
being DH'ed for can only pinch hit for the DH unless the DH plays defensively
by-law 2:15: pitchers shall be limited to 5 warm-up pitches between
by-law 4:18: catcher hurry up rule. Whenever there are 2 outs,
a catcher who is on base may choose to be replaced by the
by-law 4.19: wood bats only in all tiers.
by-law 6.6: players may be ejected even after play
has ended. This is considered a 7th inning ejection for suspension
by-law 7.1: batters and base-runners must wear approved helmets
with double ear flaps.