NEW LITTLE LEAGUE BAT REGULATIONS
1. Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
What's important to note is the requirement to "bear the USA Baseball logo". I've attached picture of this logo.
2. T-BALL: Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats 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 via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.
3. AAU (Travel Ball): AAU Baseball will NOT be adopting the USA Bat Rules for 2018. This was voted on at the AAU National Convention in San Antonio at the 2016 AAU National Convention Bat Rules will remain as follows: 13U & Younger - NO restrictions; 14u & Older - BBCOR drop 3. This is something you will need to pay particular attention to. The Little League players that play AAU are likely to use the bats authorized for AAU during their AAU games/practice. Additionally, they likely use the same bat bag and will have those bats with them when they show up to a LL game or practice. They most likely will not use a USA Bat standard bat for AAU because the new standard reduces the performance to produce as a wood bat. We all need to be cognoscente of the possibility of the wrong bat being used. This rule adherence must be placed solely on the Manager/Coach, there may be a greater penalty applied for infractions.
4. SENIOR BB DIVISION: All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. The potential issue here is that our Senior REGULAR season teams usually consist of players 13-16 yo, and then some leagues form Junior Division teams for AS tournaments. The required bats are different at each of these levels (it is not based on the age of the player).
Complete bat requirements can be found at: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/batrules.htm?utm_source=Bat%20Information%20-%20Rule%201.10%20&utm_medium=Rule%201.10&utm_content=Bat%20Information%20-%20Rule%201.10
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