Due to new safety rules implemented all over the United States, your childs’ old bat MAY be illegal this year, and may not be able to be used during league or tournament games.
Oregon high schools adopted the BBCOR rule last year, and now so has JBO. According to Junior Baseball of Oregon:
Beginning January 1, 2013, all baseball bats in JBO, Inc. will be either “BPF 1.15” or “BBCOR” certified. Umpires are required to perform a pre-game inspection of all equipment, especially bats, to ensure proper certification.
Use of an illegal/altered bat shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and the player and Head Coach shall be ejected from the game. Both the ejected player & coach may be subject to further disciplinary action by the District and JBO, Inc. Board of Directors
What this means is that if your child is using a “drop three” (-3) or heavier bat, then you should look for the BBCOR logo. -3 means that the bat is three ounces lighter than it is inches long, so only the strongest senior kids woulds be affected.
The vast majority of JBO players should use a much lighter bat, (up to -12 ounces lighter than it is long) so their bats will need to have the 1.15 logo for safety. Don’t make the mistake of buying a BBCOR bat for your youngster unless they have the strength of a high school age kid.
If you have questions about a specific bats legality, just look at it. Can you see the logo? If not, even if it’s been worn or sanded off, it will NOT be legal in 2013 and beyond…