2018 Bat Rules

Updated Friday August 11, 2017 by Brad Reichert.

Families, as many of you have heard, Little League International as well as a number of other youth baseball leagues are implementing new bat rules.  The rules go into effect on 1/1/2018.  We on the board are hearing from many families in the league that are confused.  This message is an attempt to clear up the confusion.

 

There are only 2 scenarios where the bat you used in 2017 or before will be allowed in 2018.

  1. It’s a softball bat.  The new rules only apply to baseball.  Nothing is changing with softball bat rules.
  2. The bat is a 26” or shorter T-Ball bat being used in T-Ball with T-Balls (safety balls), and you acquire a USABat sticker for the bat that indicated that the bat is “Only For Use With Approved Tee Balls

No other bats will be allowed. 

 

Many people are thinking they must buy a wood bat.  That is not true.  USABat approved bats can be wood but most will be metal.  They will however react more like wood than the current bats.

 

If you are thinking about buying a new bat today, please note bats that meet the requirements are not yet available.  They are anticipated to be available in September.

 

For more information, please see the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HA75fDsNTs&feature=youtu.be

http://www.justbats.com/bat-resource-guide/usabat-standard/ (Lake Fenton Little League does not endorse this vendor but the information is good)

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-FAQs.htm

 

If you have questions, please send them to president@lakefentonlittleleague.org

 

Thanks,

Lake Fenton Little League