Last Updated: February 21, 2017
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New Baseball Bat Standards for 2018 (Baseball Only)
Dear Marlboro Little League families,
We would like to bring to everyone's attention that the US amateur baseball bat standards are changing as of January 2018 to a new standard called USABat. This will not affect the upcoming spring 2017 season, but it’s important to share this with you to prevent ‘overspending’ on new baseball bats this year.
USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the US, announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. It is being supported by all amateur baseball entities including the 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 short, they believe recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.
What does this mean: You may continue to use your current bat for the remainder of 2017. Any new bat purchased will only be able to be used for the remainder of 2017. In 2018, everyone will need to purchase a new bat which conforms to the new bat standards. These bats are expected to be available for purchase in late 2017.
They have published a Q&A, which we summarized for you below:
Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:
Why the change to a wood-like standard?
Why not just use wood bats?
Why is USA Baseball involved?
Why wait until 2018?
Is my current bat good for league play?
Is safety the reason for the change?
How will I know which bat to buy?
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