Monroe-Woodbury Little League: New Bat Rules
NEW USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARD
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented for all Little League "Baseball Bats".
New bats are required to have the posted logo for the Instructional, Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior Baseball Divisions.
No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play will be permitted to be used in any Little League game, practice, clinic or LL sanctioned event.
For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit: usabat.com.
New standards do NOT apply to any divisions of Little League Softball. Also, 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.
For more information, please copy and paste this link to your browser: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm
Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:
Q: Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard ?
A: To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order):
American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.
Q: Why the change to a wood-like standard?
A: USA Baseball's national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.
Q: Why not just use wood bats?
Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.
How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS? Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.
Q: Why is USA Baseball involved?
A: The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard. Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USA Bat standard.
Q: Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?
A: Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute
Q:Is safety the reason for the change?
A: No. Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.
Q:How will I know which bat to buy?
A: All new bats that bear the USA Bat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.