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USA Baseball Bat Standard - New Bat Rules

Below is everything you need to know regarding the new USA Youth Baseball Bat Standard, going into effect January 1, 2018. This change only pertains to leagues and organizations that are under the USA Baseball umbrella. USSSA will continue to use the 1.15BPF Standard.

When does the USA Bat Rule go into effect?

  • Effective January 1, 2018, all leagues governed by USA Baseball will require bats to have a USA Baseball Stamp.
  • Non USA Baseball stamped bats can be used through December 31, 2017.

 

What is the change?

    ·         “USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.” –USA Baseball Press Release (August 7, 2015).

    ·         Like NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, USA Baseball has implemented this change to make bat performance more wood-like.

    ·         Bats marked with the 1.15 BPF stamp will not be legal for play in USA Baseball leagues and organizations, effective January 1, 2018

 

Leagues Governed by USA Baseball

    ·         American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)

    ·         Babe Ruth Baseball

    ·         Cal Ripken Baseball

    ·         Dixie Youth Baseball

    ·         Little League Baseball

    ·         PONY Baseball

 

What do I need to look for purchasing a new USA Baseball Bat?

    ·         All USA approved bats will be stamped with the USABAt licensing mark, indicating it is permissible for play in leagues and tournaments under the USA umbrella.

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    ·         The new USA Standard does not restrict drop-weight ratios, so young players are able to choose drops that fit their swing.

    ·         USA Baseball Bats will be available for purchase on September 1, 2017

     

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