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Mid-Atlantic Baseball Association Update

September 16. 2018

Bat Update for All Divisions 13 and Under

In August 2017, we were notified of impending bat rule changes which would make all current bats illegal for play by most of all national organizations including:

American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)Babe Ruth Baseball / Cal Ripken BaseballDixie Youth BaseballLittle League BaseballPONY Baseball and Dizzy Dean Baseball and most outside tournament organizations where our teams participate.

In an effort to “standardize the performance” of all bats used in age groups 13 and under, USA Bat restrictions were going into effect on January 1st, 2018 that would require any bat used for play to have the USA Bat stamp. The announcements came in 2017, but the implementation of the restrictions were delayed until January 1, 2018 so the bat manufacturers had sufficient time to conduct necessary research, design, testing, and manufacturing of these new bats. We were led to believe that over time, the only bats that would be manufactured by any company, and therefore offered for sale, were the bats compliant with the USA Bat standards. After an exhausting amount of research with representatives from bat companies, coaches, training facilities and many that have been involved with youth baseball for years, it was obvious that (even though we in no way agreed with the mandates),we had no choice but to adopt the changes in M.A.B.A. 

Because the new guidelines had nothing to do with safety concerns, and to ease the transition and not financially strain folks that had recently purchased bats that did not meet the USA Bat standard, we chose to wait until the spring 2019 season to adopt the policy.  That way, everyone had a year and a half to use their current bats before being forced to purchase new bats with the U.S.A. Baseball stamp within the new guidelines.

We have been monitoring the situation closely and it has become obvious that the climate regarding the bats has changed dramatically.  Many of the larger organizations that had previously indicated that they would be adopting the new bat standards, have decided to delay the changes for at least a couple of years.  In addition, most outside tournaments that we were led to believe were adopting the new guidelines, have changed their stance and opted to delay any changes as well.  So, while we did publish that our intention was to put the mandates in place for the spring 2019 season, we are now faced with organizations, coaches and parents begging us to reconsider.  To be clear, we never agreed with the guideline change and in fact completely disagreed with them.  However, with the data that was presented to us in August of 2017, we had no choice but to follow all the others and adopt the policy.

Because so many organizations have now changed their position on the matter, we are now in a very tough position. Our intention moving forward is to state that our preferred bat would come under the USA Bat standard, but we will not require their use. If a USA Bat is used, there are no barrel, length or drop restrictions. If a non USA Bat is used (including USSSA bats), we will continue with the current restrictions as listed in the M.A.B.A. On-Field Rules. 

We apologize for having to change our position on this matter, this was in no way an easy decision, but unfortunately none of this is within our control.  We simply want the best for all M.A.B.A. teams.

 

 

A REMINDER REGARDING M.A.B.A.'s POLICY ON LIGHTNING SAFETY:

Whenever thunderstorms are in the area of any game or event, M.A.B.A. policy is to immediately GET THE PLAYERS, COACHES and FANS off the field and to safety.That means under cover, not running around a parking lot or anywhere near the field.We urge the use of an emergency weather app such as Weatherbug which has an alert setting indicating lightning in the area. Safety comes first at all times -- Have an enjoyable season but please use common sense on the field. No victory is worth jeopardizing the safety of any players or fans. 

 April 14, 2017 

Mid-Atlantic Baseball Association coaches, parents and players:  

As a result of the DeMarini BPF audit, effective immediately, the following DeMarini bats are banned from play in M.A.B.A.:

WTDXCBR 2129-17

2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8" (-8) - 29"/21 oz

WTDXCBR 2230-17

2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8" (-8)  - 30"/22 oz

WTDXCBR 2331-17

2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8" (-8)  - 31"/23 oz

WTDXCBR 2432-17

2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8" (-8)  - 32"/24 oz

WTDXCBZ 1828-17

2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4" (-10) - 28" /18 oz

WTDXCBZ 1929-17

2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4" (-10) - 29" /19 oz

WTDXCBZ 2030-17

2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4" (-10) - 30" /20 oz

WTDXCBZ 2131-17

2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4" (-10) - 31" /21 oz

WTDXCBZ 2232-17

2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4" (-10) - 32" /22 oz

WTDXCBZ 1929-17F1

2017 CF Zen Zero Dark  2 3/4" (-10) - 29" /19 oz

WTDXCBZ 2030-17F1

2017 CF Zen Zero Dark 2 3/4" (-10) - 30" /20 oz

WTDCCBZ17V

Custom 2017 CF Zen 2 3/4" (-10)

WTDCCBR17V

Custom 2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)

This action parallels many other national organizations including USSSA and Ripken Baseball.  We understand that these are very expensive bats and are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We never like to make rule or policy changes during the season but the safety of our players is, and will always be, our first priority and these bats have been determined (by DiMarini) to be dangerous. 

  

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General League Info
• Our Full-Time league consists of SINGLE AGE GROUPS of ages 8 and 9 that play single games during the week and Sundays and then 10 through High School (19U) age that have both a Division 1 and Division 2 in each that play games one weekday evening and a doubleheader on Sundays. (Note: Ages 14 and UP play two weekday games and a doubleheader on the weekend.).  We also offer JV and Varsity High School Weeknight Divisions to High School Players.

The spring season begins in early April for 13U and under and ends with an M.A.B.A. divisional tournament at the end of June for each age group. The 14U and up age groups begin at the conclusion of the public high school regular season concluding with the end of season tournament in early to mid July.  We also hold an Awards Banquet in the winter to honor the top finishers from the spring season. The fall season begins the Sunday after Labor Day and continues for eight weeks of either 9 inning or doubleheader play on Sundays for the development of players.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or feel free to contact the appropriate age coordinator for more specific information.