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Baseball Ontario Lightning Rule and Bat Rule
Submitted By System Administrator on Monday, July 25, 2016
The following is a reminder issued by Baseball Ontario regarding suspending play during lightning storms and the bat rule for Bantam and higher. This information will also be posted under the 'Coaches' menu item.

Important clarification regarding the Bat Rule and the Lightning Rule:

Lightning (Thunder) Rule:

When thunder roars, GO INDOORS!

If you can hear thunder, you can get hit by lightning. Take shelter immediately. If you cannot find a sturdy, fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing, get into a metal-roofed vehicle. Stay inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.

If a game is suspended due to thunder and/or lightning, umpires, coaches and/or game officials please notify both teams and all spectators to the best of your ability to leave the diamond and seek appropriate shelter either indoors or in cars.  Where there is a public address system, ask them to make this announcement.

Bat Rule:

The Baseball Ontario Bat Rules state:

For all levels of play Minor Bantam and above, only wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.

In terms of wood composite bats, for the remainder of the 2016 season any bat that appears on the NCAA and NHFS BBCOR  Approved Baseball Bats list and is listed as having a wood or composite handle and a wood barrel shall be considered legal for wood bat competitions at Minor Bantam and above, including Eliminations and Provincials.

 The Approved Bats list, which includes the DeMarini D110, D243, D271 and S243, can be found at:


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