New Bat Regulations for 2018
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented by Little League International. Baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.
What does this mean for Madison LL players?
For all players in all divisions, it means changes to your bat. The primary purpose behind these new regulations is the ensure that all bats, regardless of their material composition, perform similarly to a wood bat. These regulations have been adopted by virtually all youth baseball organizations, not just Little League International.
Minors (Farm, AA, AAA), Majors, Intermediate (50/70) and Juniors Divisions:
Bats must meet the new USABat standard, and must carry the USABat marking on the bat. Bats will be up to 2-5/8" in diameter.
Bats meant for Tee Ball (length of 26" or shorter) must carry a special USABat "approved for Tee Ball" mark. There is a "sticker program" that allows prior-year bats to be used for Tee Ball in 2018. Madison LL will have these stickers available for Tee Ball players.
Note on the Juniors Division:
Recently, the Madison LL Board of Directors voted to restructure our oldest division into a true Juniors division for players 13-14 years old. The USABat standard applies this division. Click here to read more about this change.
How do I make sure I have the right bat?
Every player in the divisions of Farm through Juniors will need a new bat for 2018. Madison LL will have at least two approved bats in each team equipment bag for any player to use during games and practices. Please note that the USABat requirement applies to any Madison LL-sponsored activity, including practices.
New bats that conform to the USABat standard have different weight distribution and a different barrel diameter than previous bats. Because of this, manufacturers are advising that all players be properly fitted for their new bat.
USABat-standard bats will be available from all major manufacturers and at all major sporting goods outlets.
Bats that meet the USABat standard will carry this mark:
For more information...
USABat Approved Bat List. Please note: new bats are being made every week, so this list will evolve over time. Also note that many manufacturers are using the same model names as in prior years for bats that were not USABat-standard approved. Make sure any new bat you buy for use in 2018 and forward carries the USABat logo.
Visit the USABat FAQ for answers to many questions.
Learn more about USABat. This standard was developed by USA Baseball, the national governing body for baseball in the United States, and its National Member Organizations, like Little League International.