Information courtesy of Schuylkill Valley Sports Guide to the 2018 USA Baseball Youth Bat Standard Change.
Regulations adopted in 2018 could impact your youth bat buying experience
Effective January 1, 2018, USA Baseball implemented a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. The new USA Baseball bat standard, or USABat, allows youth baseball organizations to reach their goal of wood-like bat performance in order to preserve the long-term integrity of the game, as well as instill a sense of uniformity among leagues. As the governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, USA Baseball instituted this standard in the following national member organizations:
-American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
-Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball]
-Dixie Boys Baseball
-Dixie Youth Baseball
-Little League Baseball
In addition to the new bat standard, the above leagues will also now allow 2 5/8″ barrel bats to be used in competitive play, provided they meet USABat regulations.
Bats following the USABat standard were available for purchase after September 1, 2017. To identify officially-sanctioned youth bats, look for the “USA Baseball” licensing mark, located on the taper.
T-ball regulations will not be changing, but these bats will now require the USA Baseball T-ball mark. All new 2018 T-ball bats included this mark and be legal for play. If you already bought a T-ball bat without the USA Baseball mark, you can buy a sticker at www.usabaseballshop.com to make your bat legal for 2018 and beyond. Or you may bring your current T-ball bat to any Schuylkill Valley Sports location, and as a service to you, we will be happy to sticker your bat for free.