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Dec, 2016

NEW RULES FOR BATS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018

NOTICE ON MAJOR 2018 BAT RULE CHANGES    

 

WHEN:  EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018 BASEBALL SEASON

 

BY:  U.S.A. BASEBALL FOR THE FOLLOWING:  

          BABE RUTH/CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL                                        

          LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL                

          DIXIE & PONY LEAGUE BASEBALL

          AABC AMERICAN AMATEUR BASEBALL CONGRESS

          AAU AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION

 

CHANGES:  BY THE NEW USA (BBCOR) BAT STANDARD

          ALL BAT BARRELS WILL BE 2 5/8” DIAMETER ONLY.

          NEW BATS WILL NOT HAVE A “DROP/WEIGHT” LIMIT      

          AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LOWER AGE GROUPS.

 

ALL NEW BATS WILL HAVE THE “USABAT” LICENSING MARK

AND WILL BE THE ONLY BATS ALLOWED FOR PLAY IN 2018.

 

THERE WILL BE NO “GRAND FATHERING” AND ONLY BATS WITH THE USABAT STAMP WILL BE ALLOWED FOR 2018 PLAY. ALSO, 2 ¼” BARREL BATS WILL NO LONGER BE MADE.                                                                          

WHY THE CHANGES:

TO PROVIDE CONSISTENCY IN WOOD-LIKE BAT PERFORMANCE FOR THE LONG TERM INTEGRITY OF THE GAME.

 

ANY CURRENTLY OWNED BATS AND NEW BAT PURCHASES WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED THRU 12/31/2017.

 

BOTTOM LINE:  ANY CURRENT BATS PURCHASED

                                ARE A “ONE YEAR BAT” AND NOT    

                                ALLOWED FOR USE IN 2018.  

 

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