2018 BAT STANDARDS

There has been a lot of talk about BAT STANDARDS changing Jan. 2018.

On this page you will ALL the information from various baseball associations, tournament hosts, etc.

As of 11/1/18 over 90% of the games tournaments will NOT BE AFFECTED by the change. This may change as they do the Illiana Thunderbolts will notify you comply with these changes.

What Is It?
USA Baseball is implementing a new bat performance standard as well as allowing the use of 2⅝″ BIG barrels for all age levels.

When Does It Go Into Effect? -January 1st, 2018

Bats Available In Stores Starting September 1st, 2017.

Who Does It Affect?

  • Little League
  • Babe Ruth League
  • Cal Ripken Baseball
  • PONY
  • AABC
  • Dixie Youth Baseball
usssa       CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT
LINK TO ANNOUNCEMENT
 USSSA is not currently making changes to its bat performance standard. USSSA has had a formal 1.15 BPF standard for baseball bats used in 14U and below (allowing diameters of up to 2¾”) for over 12 years. Under its BPF standard, USSSA Baseball sanctioned events are played at a near perfect competitive balance for defense and offense that has led to continued dramatic growth in USSSA Baseball sanctioned events. In the view of USSSA, a reduced performance bat standard would hurt overall participation in the game. As an accommodation to our USSSA teams and players who also play in non-USSSA events, however, beginning January 1, 2018 USA Baseball marked bats manufactured by a USSSA authorized manufacturer will be allowed in USSSA play unless the bat creates a competitive distortion (such as being too easily altered) or the bat somehow creates a safety concern. With over 12 years of insurance and playing history (with more than half a billion at bats and 10 million games played) under its 1.15 BPF performance standard, USSSA is in the unique position of having the historical data to determine the actual accident/injury levels of USSSA Baseball under the 1.15 BPF standard. It is clear from that history that USSSA Baseball is among the safest amateur sports that is played in the United States. Because accidents do happen and a low statistical probability of accidents/injuries does nothing to protect a person that does get injured, the use of protective gear is not only permitted but encouraged for those wishing to have such additional protection in USSSA sanctioned events. In addition, the purchase of personal or team insurance is always a prudent action and is encouraged by USSSA and is made available by USSSA for its participants, coaches, etc.

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Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.

What this means for local Little Leagues, and Little League baseball players in the Tee Ball through Junior League Divisions, as well as Little League Challenger Division®, is that all current Little League-approved bats can be used during the 2017 Little League regular season and throughout tournament play, but can no longer be used starting in 2018. All of Little League’s current bat regulations will remain in effect until December 31, 2017. Be aware that this new bat standard effects Little League Baseball only. There are no changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball®.


caba www.usabaseball.com
All CABA events in 2018 will allow both USA approved and USSSA approved bats.  

littleleague

 

link to 2018 Little League bat guidelines

 

   2018 LITTLE LEAGUE BAT GUIDELINES:

Rule 1.10 – Baseball

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

 

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