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Little League adopts USA Baseball bat standard in 2018

Mar 3, 2018 12:01 AM
Cam Robinson

Little League will adopt the new USA Baseball bat standard, effective January 1, 2018.  What does this mean for you:

  • All bats currently in use in the Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70), and Junior Divisions will be illegal as of January 1, 2018 (exception for tee ball bats with a length not greather than 26"; see below)
  • New bats that will be legal in 2018 will go on sale in the Fall of 2017

Summary of bat changes:

2017 - 2018 Bat Standard Changes
Minors & Majors

2017

BPF 1.15 marking / 2 1/4" barrel max

2018

USA Baseball marking

2 5/8" barrel max

Intermediate (50/70) & Junior

2017

1) 2 1/4" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15

2) 2 5/8" alloy/metalbarrel (no marking required)

3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR marking

2018

USA Baseball marking

2 5/8" barrel max

No BBCOR allowed

Senior

2017

All bats must be BBCOR

2018

All bats must be BBCOR

Tee Ball bats:  

Tee Ball bats (26" and under in length) must also bear the USA Baseball marking as of January 1, 2018.  Tee Ball bats produced or purchased prior to the USA Baseball standard becoming effective may be certified for use through the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program.  Complete information on Tee Ball bats for 2018 and onwards is available here.

What will the USA baseball marking look like:

Will this impact the use of wooden bats?

Solid, one-piece wood bats that adhere to Little League’s regulations will be allowed for play with or without the USA Baseball mark. Multi-piece wood bats must have the USA Baseball mark to be approved for play. This includes two-piece wood bats, composite wood bats, laminated wood bats, bonded wood bats, bamboo bats, and any wood bat that could be defined as an ‘experimental’ design.

 

​Little League has full information on the new bat regulations available here

 

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