Little League Baseball® Bat Standard Will Change in 2018
If your player is looking for a new bat for the 2017 Season, please be aware of a new standard that will require new bats for the 2018 season.
This is across all divisions: Tee Ball, Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70), and Junior League.
From Little League Baseball®:
Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.
What this means for local Little Leagues, and Little League baseball players in the Tee Ball through Junior League Divisions, as well as Little League Challenger Division®, is that all current Little League-approved bats can be used during the 2017 Little League regular season and throughout tournament play, but can no longer be used starting in 2018. All of Little League’s current bat regulations will remain in effect until December 31, 2017. Be aware that this new bat standard effects Little League Baseball only. There are no changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball®.