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New in 2018: USA Baseball Bat Rule

USA Baseball, the national governing body for baseball in the US, has adopted a new method for measuring bat performance in youth baseball. Through in-depth research, USA Baseball has concluded that 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.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which applies to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace. All of these new bats will have the "USA Baseball" logo on the bat, which is what umpires will be looking for.

FCABSA's Adaption

The Fox Chapel Baseball and Softball Association decided to adopt and enforce the new USA Bat rule AFTER the spring in-house season of 2018. All players were able to use their existing bats for the 2018 spring in-house season OR use one of the new approved bats. 

If you are looking to purchase your player a new bat please buy a USA Baseball certified bat,

If you need further information regarding the change please follow the link below:


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