New Bat Standard Takes Effect January 1, 2018

Starting January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball implemented the new USA Baseball Bat Standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use in 2017 were no longer be suitable for use in any Little League game or activity starting January 1, 2018.

Note: The new USABat standard does NOT apply to Softball. There is no list of approved softball bats. In softball, the bat only needs to meet the specifications of Rule 1.10 for a softball bat.

Rule 1.10 – Softball

The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2ΒΌ) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

An illegal or altered bat must be removed.

Bat List

Decertified USA Bats:

  • May 3, 2018: Easton Ghost X 30/20 2-5/8 Decertified for Use by USA Baseball.  Models: YBB18GX10 30/20 and LL18GHX 30/20


Decertified BBCOR Bats:


 
Baseball Bat Chart
 
Minors & MajorsUSA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
*Approved Tee Ball bats may be used in coach pitch/machine pitch divisions only with the use of approved tee balls.
 
   
Intermediate (50/70) & Junior USA Baseball marking or BBCOR marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
 
   
Senior ALL bats must be BBCOR 
   

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