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Nov, 2017

New Baseball Bat Rule for Little League

Testing and evaluating of youth baseball bats has evolved into a science. So much so that the standard has also evolved to where USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, is adopting a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats that will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), was developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts.

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 including Tee Ball) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.


From Easton (while they are promoting their bats, they do a nice job explaining the process):
 http://www.easton.com/usabat#section_1502344644593

From Little League (includes a list of all approved bats)  http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

From USA Baseball (FAQ and approved bat list) - https://usabat.com/faq/

The key point in the messaging to the parents is to actively look for the USA Baseball stamp – it will be a green label on the wrapping and will be a white stamp ON the actual bat.  All traditional retailers will be selling the new, approved bats exclusively – they will not even carry the old bats.  Where parents will need to be careful is discount shopping online and at closeout sites.