As of January 1, 2018, a new USA Baseball Bat standard went into effect for all Little League affiliated programs.
This new standard affects only MLL baseball divisions from tee ball through Majors. Intermedidate 50/70 and Juniors may use USA Baseball or BBCOR bats. Tee ball bats produced/purchased prior to this date may be certified for play through the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program. This change does not impact the softball divisions.
The recommendation to MLL parents is that if you are purchasing a new bat for your player please abide to the new USA Bat Standard. MLL can help you with any questions you may have. The easiest way to determine if a baseball bat is approved for Little League play in 2018 and beyond is to look for the USABat logo:
This new rule does not affect wood bats. Solid, one-piece wood bats that adhere to Little League’s regulations will be allowed for play with or without the USA Baseball mark. Multi-piece wood bats must have the USA Baseball mark to be approved for play. This includes two-piece wood bats, composite wood bats, laminated wood bats, bonded wood bats, bamboo bats, and any wood bat that could be defined as an ‘experimental’ design.
For more information on the Little League baseball bat rules visit the Little League website.
For more information on the Little League softball bat rules visit the Little League website.