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USA Baseball Bat Standard Change - MLL

Posted about about 4 years ago

Effective January 1, 2018 – Little League Baseball, Pony Baseball, Dixie, Babe Ruth, and AABC will be governed under one umbrella bat standard of USA Baseball.

USABB will mandate a new Youth BBCOR standard for all age levels with the goal to be more “wood-like”. No grandfathering. All bats must be stamped with the new USA Baseball stamp. It is estimated that the new standard will reduce ball exit speed by about 10-15%.

USSSA (travel ball) will NOT be following suit.

Max barrel diameter changed to 2 5/8” for all players 14 & under.

The retail start date for selling is September 1, 2017. I believe D4 Sports is the only local supplier.
USA Baseball is essentially adopting the same test for youth bats that the NCAA uses for college bats.

Here is the link for the FAQ for Little League USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARD

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