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Jun, 2017

NEW 2018 Bat Standards

What are USABats and, more importantly, why should we care?
    The USA Bats will become the new bat standard for American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball in January 2018. We should care because these will be the new bats people will buy if you are playing in those leagues.


Who will this new standard affect?
    The new bat standard will affect kids that are age 12 and under playing in American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.


From an offensive production standpoint, how effective will this new standard be in dampening ball speed?
    The way these new USA bats will perform will be more like a "wood bat." The ball will not come off with the same exit velocity. It will not come off as hard and go as far.


When can we buy USABats?
    The idea is to have the new USA bats out in fall of 2017.


Will my BPF 1.15 bat be legal in my league after 2018?
    That is the most important question. If your league is adopting the new USA Bat standard, you can not use them. If you play on a club team and go to different tournaments that answer might be yes or no. It would be suggested to check before.
    **** MISSION BAY IS FOLLOWING PONY GUIDLINES****