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Sep, 2017

New USABat Standards for 2018

Does Your Player Need A New Bat? 

Confused about the new bat standard? You are not alone. Parents across the country are asking if their ballplayer will need a new bat for the 2018 season. The answer is Yes.  All players will be required to use a bat approved through the USAbat Standard. Approved bats will have the following logo on the barrel:

For more than 75 years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018.

Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists. Click here to visit the Little League® website for all information bat-related.

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are 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. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit


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