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New Bat rules are being implemented for the 2018 season.

This was a decision made by Little League International a few years ago to be implemented Jan 1, 2018 for the 2018 season.  Our league is required to follow this decision.  Most if not all other baseball organizations also must follow this regulation and are under the same rules.

A couple key things to remember: 

  • All divisions Single A and above will require new bats for 2018 (2017 approved bats are not approved for use in 2018 per USA Bat and LL regulations)
  • TBall and Farm divisions using 26" bats or lower are not required to be replaced.  Bats 27" or longer used in Teeball and Farm are subject to the new USA regulations below.
  • Rules are effective Jan 1, 2018. This includes tryouts. We will have a few bats available to use if you are not able to obtain one by tryouts. 
  • New bats mimic wood-like material, and is required by little league. This is supposed to provide a better experience as the kids progress throughout their Little League career, and also provide more safety for the fielders.
  • The bats are available now, see the link below for the approved bat list.
  • There is no drop-weight limit, so lighter bats can be used (this is the weight to length ratio)
  • Larger barrel bats (2 5/8" max) can be used in lower divisions (Minors and Majors).  See rules below for details.
  • Update February 2018: Intermediate and Junior divisions may also use BBCOR bats.  Prior to this update, they were required to change to USA bat regulations. 

New Bats approved for 2018 will have this marking etched or imprinted on them: 




Green book page 65 states:

NOTE: Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (league age 12 and below), Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USA Baseball Performance Standard. All BPF - 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2 5/8 inches for these divisions of play.

Below are the links to the new 2018 Little League Bat Rules websites:

Little League Bat Site

More Little League Bat Info

New Bat FAQs from LL

New Authorized Bat List


UPDATE on the new Easton Ghost X 

Earlier today (5/3/18), LL sent out this email to the leagues for immediate release.  Umpires have removed at least two of these already in the major's division in this evening's games. 

Dear Little League Parents and Volunteers,

On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed youth organizations, including Little League, that effective immediately, the bat identified as the Easton Ghost X YBB18GX10 30/20 2 5/8" (or the "Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8" at retail) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30-inch drop 10 variation of the Easton Ghost X only. Pursuant to Rule 1.10, this is now an illegal bat. At the time of this decertification notice, all other lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X bat remain approved for play.

All parents, coaches, and umpires must check their bats and remove these bats from play if they are in possession of these bats.

Any questions regarding returns, refunds, or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton at [email protected]

Please visit USABat.com/Decertified-Bats for more information.

Easton Ghost Decertified Bat


More information on how the USABat Standard impacts Little League can be found at LittleLeague.org/BatInfo

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you all for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Patrick Wilson

Patrick W. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Little League Baseball and Softball


A Second email was sent out the following day with additional information, and Easton's press release regarding the $500 voucher for Easton.com

 

Dear Little League Parents and Volunteers,

Receiving a notice that a bat has been decertified, especially in the middle of the season, is challenging, inconvenient, and disappointing for everyone. On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed Little League and other youth organizations about the decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8. We are committed to sharing that information with all of you as soon as we received it. According to the official notice from USA Baseball, "official compliance testing determined that the Ghost X 30/20 exceeds the performance limit set by the USABat Standard. Per the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Test Protocol as well as (USA Baseball's) contracts with Easton, these results constitute a non-compliant bat that must be decertified." 

For any family or league that is impacted by USA Baseball's decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8, we strongly urge you to read Easton's release, which includes information about how to return your bat to receive a $500 voucher for Easton.com. 

How Certification and Decertification Works

For the USABat Standard, bat manufacturers are required by USA Baseball to have their bats certified by following the protocols set out by the standard. Once a bat is certified, additional compliance testing is done to make sure that the bats remain complaint with that standard. Little League® International has no role in bat testing or compliance testing.

Once a bat that is currently in the marketplace and available for purchase fails to meet the performance standard, it is decertified, and pursuant to Rule 1.10, is an illegal bat.

What Little League® Parents and Volunteers Need to Know

Little League does not decide whether a bat meets, doesn't meet, or no longer meets the performance standard. Bats used for Little League play in all divisions must remain compliant to the applicable bat standards, as explained in the current year's rulebook (Rule 1.10). 

Through LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, as well as Little League's social media and email efforts, we are committed to sharing any information about the decertification of bats as soon as possible, so that all our families and volunteers know which bats are permitted and which bats that may have already been sold are no longer approved for play.

What are the Standards?

There are three bat performance standards that Little League International uses for its various divisions of play:

BASEBALL:

USABat: Overseen by USA Baseball and used by most youth baseball organizations, USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball, Coach/Machine Pitch, Minor League, and Major League (Little League) divisions. USABat Standard or BBCOR bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division. USA Baseball reserves the right to select any USABat product for compliance testing. At that time, the bat is sent to Washington State University for additional testing. If the bat is found to be out of compliance with the standards set forth in the USA Baseball Performance Test Protocol, the bat becomes decertified. 

BBCOR: BBCOR-approved bats must be used in the Senior League Baseball Division. Either BBCOR or USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division. 

SOFTBALL: 

BPF: For all divisions of Little League Softball®, all non-wood bats must be printed with a BPF of 1.20.


Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we strongly encourage you to visit LittleLeague.org/BatInfofor complete information about how bat standards impact all divisions of Little League and resources on which bats are approved for Little League use. For all information pertaining to the USABat Standard, visit USABat.com

For those parents and leagues who purchased the Easton Ghost X, 30" -10 USA Baseball bat (model #'s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model), we, again, encourage you to read Easton's release and contact them as soon as possible at 1-844-531-7079, or [email protected], to return your bat and receive your $500 electronic voucher.

Sincerely,

Patrick Wilson

Patrick W. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Little League Baseball and Softball

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