New Bat Rules for 2018 SeasonUpdated Monday May 21, 2018 by Carlos White.
Pony League baseball bats will be undergoing rule changes for the 2018 season.
Effective January 1, 2018, USA Baseball will implement their new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. The new USA Baseball bat standard, or USABat, will allow youth baseball organizations to reach their goal of wood-like bat performance in order to preserve the long-term integrity of the game, as well as instill a sense of uniformity among leagues.
All 2 5/8 inch minus factor bats from last year (-5,-7,-10,etc.), with the exception of the -3 (BBCOR Certified) bat, will no longer be allowed to be used in play during the 2018 season. You will have to purchase a new bat for legal play in 2018.
All bats must be YBBCOR certified with USABat Licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. To identify officially-sanctioned youth bats, look for the “USA Baseball” licensing mark, located on the taper (logo is pictured above).
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