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USABat Standard for 2018
by posted 08/17/2017


As mandated by Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, in conjunction with Little League, AAU, and many other youth baseball organizations, Marblehead Youth Baseball will be adopting the USABat standard effective January 1, 2018 for all bats used in the 2018 season.

 

The purpose of the USABat standard is to standardize on a more wood-like performance, while still retaining the durability and swingability (especially for our younger players) of lighter-weight materials. It is important to note that the new USABat bats for our Cal Ripken-aged players (7-12) will now feature a bigger 2 5/8" barrel.

 

ONLY bats marked with the USABat logo will be approved for use in MYB in 2018. (Players aged 13-15 -- our Raimo and Babe Ruth leagues -- may also still use bats marked with the BBCOR  .50 specification.)

 

For more information behind and regarding this change, see the following links:

 

Announcement: https://www.baberuthleague.org/batter-up/articles/usabat-standard.aspx

 

Bat Rules (has chart with 2018 rules): https://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx

 

http://web.usabaseball.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=1594584083&topic_id=33310368&c_id=usab (25 minute discussion panel video from this year's All-Star Game)

 

As you will learn from these links, it is the intention of bat manufacturers to have USABat-marked bats available for purchase after September 1, 2017. It is also MYB's plan to ensure that each team in 2018 has at least one team-issued bat that meets the USABat standard.

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