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What Bats are Legal for 2018?

As in years past - Little League International has adopted a new set of bat rules that you will need to know about when purchasing a bat for the 2018 season.

Old Bats are Illegal

With the exception of BBCOR bats in Seniors, all bats that previously had a USSA / BPF 1.15 stamp may no longer be used in Little League games or practices.

Types of Bats

To understand the rules - you first need to understand that there are three basic categories for bats:

  • Aluminum - An aluminum bat is any any bat with an aluminum barrel (the part you hit the ball with). Handles (the part you grip) can be aluminum, composite, or even wood. So long as the bat has an aluminum barrel - it is considered and aluminum bat.
  • Composite - A composite bat is any bat with a composite barrel. In general the bat with be marked with Composite somewhere on the barrel. Often you can tell by looking at the barrel material or tapping it.
  • Wood - any bat with a wood barrel is considered a wood bat. There are bats with composite handles and wood barrels. Those are still considered a wood bat. Generally speaking, wood bats have far less rules on them than aluminum or composite barrel bats.

For full detail on the bat rules you'll want to check the green book and the Little League international (www.littleleague.org) website [search for bat rules] for full rules.

Here are the keys that our Umpires use to determine if a bat may be used for little league play:

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 (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

Majors and Minors

  • Bat must be no longer than 33 inches
  • Bat diameter must be no more than 2 5/8 inches (big barrel)
  • Wood bats may be not be less than 15/16 inch in diameter
  • All bats must bear the USA Baseball logo signifying the bat meets the USABat standard.
  • Note: solid wood bats are not required to have the USABat logo

Intermediate 50/70 and Juniors

  • The bat is no more than 2 5/8 inches (big barrel)
  • The bat is no longer than 34 inches
  • Wood bats may be not be less than 15/16 inch in diameter
  • All bats must bear the USA Baseball logo signifying the bat meets the USABat standard. (BBCOR bats ARE NOT allowed in the 50/70 and Juniors divisions)
  • Note: solid wood bats are not required to have the USABat logo

Senior League

  • The bat is no more than 2 5/8 inches (big barrel)
  • The bat is no longer than 36 inches
  • The bat must not weigh more than 3 oz less than the length. (e.g. 33" bat must weigh at least 30 oz.)
  • All non-wood (aluminum or composite) bats must have the BBCOR stamp present and the bat is not on the LL list of prohibited bats, or must bear the USA Baseball logo certifying the bat meeds the USABat standard.

More detail is available on the Little League Website - LittleLeague.org

Little League's Statement for the 2018 Rule Change

With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. 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. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information. Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018.

Change of Bat Rules for 2018

2018 is a big year of change for Little League as the rules are now much clearer.

2017 Bats

With the change Minors (includes Farms), Majors, and Juniors now follow the same rules for bats and so all 2017 bats are now illegal for league play in 2017

Tee Ball Exception: There are special circumstances for 2017 bats that allow them to be used for Tee-Ball in 2018. Little League will allow these older bats to be used provided they have a special Approved Tee Ball Sticker from Little League.

  • Manufacturers may purchase and place stickers on unsold bats making them usable for Tee Ball
  • Parents may get a sticker through the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program, and apply the sticker to their Tee Ball players bat.
  • Note: these special bats with stickers my only be used in the Tee Ball division.

Bat Rule Comparison

2017-2018 Bat Comparison Chart
Minors & Majors

2017

BPF 1.15 marking / 2 1/4" barrel maximum

2018

USA Baseball marking

2 5/8" barrel maximum

Intermediate (50/70)

Juniors

2017

1) 2 1/4" allow/metal barrel with BPF 1.15 stamp

2) 2/58" allow/metal barrel (no marking req'd)

3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp

2018

USA Baseball marking

2 5/8" barrel maximum

NO BBCOR ALLOWED

Senior

2017

ALL bats must be BBCOR

2018

ALL bats must be BBCOR

 

Future Changes?

While Little League does change bat regulations periodically, the hope is that these new rules will allow rules to stand for the next 5 years or more.

How Do I Choose A Bat

This is a common question for League Officials, Coaches, an others who've been around baseball a while. There are several methods, but the one we like the most is using height and weight. Use the chart below to find the bat length that best fits your player.

Note: Little League Bat rules change nearly every year. When you purchase a new bat, be aware that it may not be legal in future seasons. Please be sure you understand all the restrictions when selecting a bat for little league play.

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  3'0" - 3'4" 3'5" - 3'8" 3'9" - 4'0" 4'1" - 4'4" 4'5" - 4'8" 4'9" - 5'0" 5'1" - 5'4" 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0"     6'1"+   
<60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29" 29" 29" 30" 31" 31"
61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31"
71-80 27" 28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31" 32"
81-90 27" 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32"
91-100 27" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 32"
101-110 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 32"
111-120 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33"
121-130 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
131-140 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
141-150 28" 29" 30" 31" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
151-160 29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
161-170 29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171-180 29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
180+ 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"

Play Down Request

There are circumstances where it is in the best interest of a player to Play Down into a lower division.

This are very infrequent, but if  you feel you player should Play Down - you may contact our Player Agent and make that request.

BLL Player Agent (Lower Division)

beniciallplayeragent@gmail.com

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