Beginning in the Spring 2018 Season, Little League International will adopt a new bat standard - The USA Baseball Bat Standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use in prior seasons will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018. Below is a Q&A regarding this change and a link to the Little League site with all the details.
Q: When does this new standard take affect?
A: January 1st, 2018
Q: Will I need to buy a new bat for 2018?
A: Yes. No current bats are legal after Jan. 1 2018
Q: Can my player still use their current bat for Fall Ball this year?
A: Yes. The new standard does not take affect until January
Q: When will the new bats be available?
A: New USA Bat certified bats will be available on September 1st
Q: What is the difference between the current and new bats?
A: The new bats will be 2 5/8" instead of the current 2 1/4" and will perform more like wood bats. This means they will be "deader" than the current top performing composite bats such as the Mako. Because of the increase in barrel size, the sweet spot will be bigger.
Q: Which manufacturers will be producing these bats?
A: All current manufacturers will be making these bats such as Easton, Wilson, Marucci, Louisville Slugger, DeMarini, etc.
Q: What will these new bats be made of?
A: Most likely the same as today. There will be composite, aluminum, and hybrid (e.g. composite handle, aluminum barrel) offerings. The difference will be in the swing weight and balance.
Q: How much will these cost?
A: Probably the same as today.
Q: Why not just use wood?
A: Wood is a finite resource. Today's youth bats are not made of the very high level woods available for MLB. They are also much heavier and would be a problem for younger players to swing correctly. The composite and aluminum bats can be made to be much lighter than wood.
Q: Will this affect Babe Ruth, High School, and Travel Ball?
A: The new standard has been adopted by Babe Ruth. High School and college use the BBCOR standard and will not be affected. Travel Ball such as the USSSA will NOT adopt this standard so your current bats are still good for USSSA tournaments.
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