Posted by BuyBats on November 16, 2017
Are you ready for the 2018 Little League® baseball season? To get your team ready, you’ll need to adopt the new USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat). If you still need USA Baseball-approved youth bats for your Little League team, we recommend placing your order with us as soon as possible. In this blog post, we will explain the new baseball bat regulations for Little League so you won’t be caught unprepared. Bats with the new USABat stamp are now available for purchase.
When will the new regulations take effect?
The new USABat youth bat standard will take effect on January 1, 2018. It’s important to understand that the baseball bats your team is using now cannot be reused for Little League games and activities in 2018. While this change is not immediate, you will need to make the transition by 2018 to comply with Little League mandates.
Why did regulations change?
Since Little League is a national member of USA Baseball, they are encouraged to adopt the new USA Baseball Bat standard. This is why the Little League International Board of Directors announced Little League would start off the 2018 season with the new USA Baseball Bat standard. The new Little League-approved bats have a wood-like performance that will help Little League teams play their best game.
We understand that you want the best for your local Little League team in order to stay compliant with Little League mandates and remain competitive. Little League shares the same goals as its coaches and parents, which is why the switch is being made to the new USABat standard in 2018.
What other organizations will be affected by the change?
In addition to Little League, the new bat regulations will affect many youth organizations such as the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/ Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, and PONY Baseball. USSSA Baseball will not be affected by the USABat standard.
What barrel sizes are allowed under the 2018 USA Baseball standard?
Under the 2018 USA Baseball standard, barrel sizes up to 2-5/8” are approved for ages 14 and under. Keep in mind that the youth baseball bats will need to be marked with the new USABat stamp in order to be approved for Little League games and activities.
Where can I purchase bats that conform to the new regulations?
Any baseball bat company should carry the bats you need to conform to new regulations. If you still have questions about the new baseball bat regulations for youth baseball, be sure to give us a call. We do everything we can to help Little League coaches and parents make the switch to the new USA Baseball Bat standard.
BuyBats is a youth baseball bat company that is dedicated to making sure youth baseball leagues are ready for the upcoming 2018 season under the new USA Baseball standard. To learn how to prepare your Little League team for the new season with baseball bats for athletes and other youth baseball gear and equipment, check out our baseball bat and softball bat selection or give us a call at (616) 498-8634.
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