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Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard for the Instructional, Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior Baseball Divisions. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. This new bat standard was originally announced by Little League Baseball® on August 7, 2015 (read here).
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®.
Here’s a breakdown of how the new USA Bat standard impacts each baseball division:
Tee Ball Division
Under the USA Bat standard, certified tee ball bats used in the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball Program will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS.
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 via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program.
The USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program is an initiative designed to allow for the continued use of tee ball bats (26” and shorter) that were manufactured prior to the implementation of the new USABat standard. This program will allow individuals and families to purchase approved stickers marked with the USA Baseball logo and language which reads: ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. Stickers are currently available for purchase ($2.00) online via USABaseballShop.com.
Instructional, Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior Divisions
Beginning with the 2018 season, bats used in the Little League Instructional, Minors, Majors, Intermediate (50-70) and Junior League divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. As of September 2017, these bats are available for purchase. Again, no bats previously approved for use in Little League Play will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.
When purchasing a new bat, please make sure your child’s bat has one of the following logos on it:
The Senior League Baseball Division in all regions and countries will continue to be governed by the BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) bat standard. To learn more about BBCOR, watch this short video from Easton.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For a comprehensive list of FAQs, please read this Little League® article.
Q: What is the definition of Bat Standard?
A: A “bat standard” is a measuring tool used within the bat manufacturing industry to ensure that all commercially available bats perform at an acceptable level. The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat) administers rules for youth baseball bat performance based on precise, scientific measurement. Similar to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Federation of State High School Sports Associations (NFHS) BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats, and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USABat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.
Q: Will 2017 models, and older baseball bats still be allowed to be used in the younger Little League® baseball divisions, or during any other Little League activities, including practice or games?
A: No. Starting on January 1, 2018, all bats must be marked with the USABat label in order to be used in Little League Baseball®. All bats marked with the BFP 1.15 will not be permitted to be used in any Little League activities, including practices or games.
Q: How will a consumer know that a bat is approved for Little League play?
A: All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations. In Little League, the new bats will be used in the Tee Ball, Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70), and Junior League Baseball Divisions. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
Q: Is safety the reason for the change?
A: No. Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.
Q: Will there be a new USABat Standard for softball bats?
A: No. Only baseball bats will be effected by this new standard. Information on Little League-approved softball bats can be found under rule 1.10 of the current year’s Little League Softball® Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies.