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Nov, 2017

URGENT: Read this before buying that new baseball bat for the holidays


Starting January 1, 2018 (i.e. the 2018 Spring season), a new bat standard will be instituted.  Bats following the new standard are now available. 

Below are some additional points regarding the 2018 bat change:

  • Effective January 1st, 2018, USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, will adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth baseball bats. 
  • Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard that was implemented in 2011, the new USABat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth baseball bats.
  • Unlike the -3 length to weight ratio restriction that is required for BBCOR bats, USABat will not have a drop weight limit. Instead of simply requiring the use of wood bats, which are often found with a -8 length to weight ratio at the lightest, younger players will still be able to use bats made from light-weight, highly engineered materials.  -  With the creation of the new standard, players within the affected organizations will also now be allowed to use bats with either a 2 1/4" or 2 5/8" barrel diameter (as long as they carry the new USABat stamp).
  • Bats that are regulated by the new USABat standard will be available to purchase on, or around, September 1, 2017.
  • Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (league age 12 and below), Intermediate (50/70) Division, and Junior League must bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USA Baseball Performance StandardAll BPF - 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season.

More detailed information regarding these upcoming bat changes can be found by visiting the Little League or USA Baseball websites.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at

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