Equipment Guidelines

Below are a few key points.  For the complete rules, see the NFHS 2017 Baseball Rules Book, which is available for purchase in printed form from NFHS.com and as a Kindle eBook from Amazon .


Bats
  • All bats which are not made from a single piece of wood must meet the BBCOR standard and display BBCOR certification mark.  (A permanent mark, not a label)
  • See: NFHS Baseball Rules Book, Rule 1, Section 3, Article 2
  • Can be verified at the Washington State University Sports Science Lab website: 
  • BESR bats which were allowed through 2011 are no longer legal for play.
  • Bats which are made from a single piece of wood must be 36 inches or less in length and 2 3/4 inches or less in diameter.  See: NFHS Baseball Rules Book, Rule 1, Section 3, Article 3, for complete details on wood bats.  Also note that to be classified as a "wood bat" the bat must be made from a SINGLE piece of wood.  Laminated wood bats (a.k.a. composite wood bats) are not considered to be wood bats and must be BBCOR certified.
  • Alteration, including rolling, and shaving, which results in a change to the bat’s specs or the enhancement of its performance, is illegal under NFHS rules.  See: NFHS Baseball Rules Book, Rule 1, Section 3, Article 2.
  • No bat warmers.  No artificial or intentional control of a bat's temperature.  NFHS Baseball Rules Book, Rule 1, Section 3, Article 5,
  • Bats are an expensive purchase.  To ensure a valid warranty, go to the manufacturer's website to verify that the seller is an authorized dealer.  See the Bat Warranties article.
Gloves
  • Maximum size of 14 inches for all positions except catcher.
  • No size restrictions for catcher.
  • Pitcher's glove may not include the colors white and/or gray.
  • See: NFHS Baseball Rules Book, Rule 1, Section 3, Article 6
Batting Helmets
  • NOCSAE standard.  Must display NOCSAE stamp and exterior warning statement.
  • No cracks.
  • Dual ear flaps.
  • See: NFHS Baseball Rules Book, Rule 1, Section 5, Article 1