New baseball bat standards are coming to youth baseball next Spring, but players, parents, coaches, and more are already wondering about the changes and how it affects them. As the best baseball training facility in the US – and a leading bat retailer – when wanted to provide a little more clarity so you can be prepared for the Spring 2018 season:
What is the New Bat Performance Standard?
Currently, youth baseball operates under a 1.15 Bat Performance Factor (BPF) standard and that will be changing to a wood-like performance standard called USABat standard. Additionally, the new standard will allow certified bats with diameters up to 2-5/8” vs. the current 2-1/4” standard. Coming Jan. 2018, USA Baseball – the organization that oversees baseball across the country - will mandate all bats are sold with stamps showing which bat standard they are complying with.
Why the Change in Baseball Bat Standards?
The goal for the change – as told by USA Baseball’s CEO Paul Seiler – is to “take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game.” In turn, USA Baseball believes a more wood-like standard will help standardize the game across all levels, as the standard is in line with NCAA standards for college bats.
Which Baseball Organizaions are Participating in the Change?
If your player plays for the following leagues, the USABat standard will take effect in January 2018:
- American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
- Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
- Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball
- Dixie Youth Baseball
- Little League Baseball
- PONY Baseball
If your player plays USSSA baseball (travel ball), then these new USABat standards do not apply. As always, check with your league to be sure you are complying with the correct baseball bat standards.
Have additional questions about purchasing a new baseball bat for your player that complies with the proper league standards? Give your local D-BAT Sports location a call! With locations across the state of Texas and throughout the United States, you are sure to find a location near you to help with all your baseball and softball needs.