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What You Need to Know about the New Bat Standard

08/08/2017, 1:45pm PDT
By Golden Hill

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.

Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and all current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved.

Starting January 1, 2018, ALL BATS USED IN ANY LITTLE LEAGUE GAME OR ACTIVITY AT ANY LEVEL EXCEPT SENIORS MUST HAVE THE NEW USA BASEBALL MARK.  NO BBCOR Bats can be used in Minor, Major, Intermediate or Junior divisions.  BBCOR only must be used at Senior level.

Note: Tee Ball Bats

Starting on January 1, 2018, all Tee Ball bats in the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball program must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker (available September 1, 2017) via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program for use with approved Tee Ball baseballs for Little League play. Tee Ball bats for Little League Softball® Tee Ball programs must follow the Little League Softball Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies
 

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