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Will 2017 models, and older baseball bats still be allowed to be used in the younger Little League® baseball divisions, or during any other Little League activities, including practice or games?

A: No. Starting on January 1, 2018, all bats must be marked with the USABat label in order to be used in Little League Baseball®. All bats marked with the BFP 1.15 will not be permitted to be used in any Little League activities, including practices or games. 

Visit the Little League international website for more information
http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-FAQs.htm 

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NEW YOUTH USA BAT STANDARD

You may have heard about a new USA Baseball Bat Standard (USABat) that will take effect January 1, 2018.  

The rule change go into effect until January 1, 2018, so all current youth baseball bats, which are marked with a 1.15BPF stamp, will continue to be legal in Little League®, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie and AABC through December 31st, 2017.

 On January 1, 2018 USA Baseball will be implementing a rule change to the bats. If you are 14 years old or younger and play Little League®, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie or AABC, you will need to use a new bat marked with a new USA Baseball stamp:

 The bats currently on the market, which are marked with a 1.15BPF stamp, will no longer be legal for play in these leagues.

 In addition to the new bat standard, the above leagues will also now allow 2-5/8" barrel bats to be used in competitive play, provided they meet USABat regulations. To identify officially-sanctioned youth bats, look for the "USA Baseball" licensing mark, located on the taper.

 USSSA youth baseball will NOT be implementing this rule change to the bats. So if you are 14 years old or younger and you play on a travel ball team, or are playing in a tournament governed by USSSA, you can continue to use the bats marked with the 1.15BPF stamp indefinitely.  


For more information follow the link to the Little league website:

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-FAQs.htm 

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