HEADS UP! Significant new bat rules for 2018

Little League International announced in August 2015 that it would be formally adopting USA Baseball's new standard for bat performance testing. The announcement said, "For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game." Based on the new bat regulations, the full composite bats and composite-barrel half-and-half bats used today will be illegal after 12/31/2017.

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.

 For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

2018 Bat Rules

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

 

Tee Ball:

Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program beginning September 1, 2017.

 

Minor/Major Divisions:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

 

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

It shall not be more than 34" inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

 

2017 & 2018 Bat Standard Comparison Chart
Division 2017 2018
Minor & Major BPF 1.15 marking / 2 1/4” barrel maximum USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
Intermediate & Junior 1) 2 1/4" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15
2) 2 5/8" alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)
3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp
USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
NO BBCOR ALLOWED
Senior ALL bats must be BBCOR ALL bats must be BBCOR

 

2017 Season Bat List

  Full Printable List of 2 1/4 Baseball Bats
For quick reference on the field, with composites included (printable PDF format).

  Visual List of 2 1/4 Baseball Bats
List of licensed, approved composite-barrel baseball bats for Majors and below.

  Mobile List
Licensed 2 1/4 baseball bats, for convenient and scalable display on smartphones and tablets.

  Decertified Bats
Failed NCAA BBCOR Testing and Failed Performance Compliance Testing (2 1/4 inch barrel bats only).