In 2018, Little League changed the rules for the types of bats that can be used for practices and games. As of January 1, 2018, all bats must conform to the USA Baseball Bat Standard for Little League Majors division and below (Juniors division must adhere to USABat or BBCOR standards). Wooden bats, assuming they're in a safe, playable condition, are permitted for use.
See the current USABat Approved Bat List.
See the Little League Bat Rules for more infomration, as well as for details on Tee Ball bats.
If you are unsure about the type of bat you should purchase for your player, please speak to your coach or contact a member of the TRSLL board for more information.
Batting helmets must meet National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) specifications and bear the NOCSAE stamp.
Generally speaking, helmets cannot be altered in any way that voids the NOCSAE certification. This includes drilling holes, altering the padding, or adding a "c-flap" or similar face guard that isn't a factory option for that particular helmet model.
For more information on helmet safety, please see the Little League rules on helmets
Catchers masks must include an attached throat guard. Chest protectors must include the lower flap which protects the groin area.
Each team is provided a complete set of catcher's gear, although players who play catcher frequently are allowed to purchase and use their own catcher's gear as long as the gear is approved for use and in good condition.
Rules vary by division and variations of certain rules differ from league to league.
With regard to bats, helmets and other equipment, umpires will typically review the equipment for both teams prior to a game to inspect the condition and to make sure all equipment is approved for use. An umpire can make a jugement call as to the condition of a particular piece of equipment and restrict its use for that game.
Little League Playing Rules.