\n USA Baseball's national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game.
The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.\n\n Why not just use wood bats? The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.\n\n How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?
\n The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets.
This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.\n\n Is my current bat good for league play? Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.\n\n Is safety the reason for the change? Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.\n\n How will I know which bat to buy?
The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups. The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.
Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports.
This program will allow individuals and families to purchase approved stickers marked with the USA Baseball logo and langugage which reads, \"ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS.\" Stickers will be available for purchase online via \n\n When can I buy the new bat?
The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard. Under the USABat standard, certified tee ball bats will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads, "ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS." Can I use a Tee Ball bat that does not feature the USA Baseball mark?To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball. USA Baseball's national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials. How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?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 Sticker Program.\n\n What is the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program?\n The USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program is an initiative designed to allow for the continued use of tee ball bats that were manufactured prior to the implementation of the new USABat standard.