The BBSA wanted to make sure our parents are aware of new bat regulations coming for the Spring 2018 season. The existing rules will still apply for 2017 so you don't need to get a new bat yet, but if you do purchase a bat now we wanted to make sure you were aware they may be illegal after next season. We do not know what, if any, bats available today will be legal in 2018. When we have more information we will pass it around.
Bats that will meet the new requirements will not be available until September 2017. They will have a USABat stamp on them.
The annoucement below is from Little League International, but this change will actually effect Little League, AAU, AABC, Pony, Babe Ruth, and Dixie Youth at least. Almost all of youth Baseball in the US will be affected by the new regulations and testing metholodgy (used to approved bats).
Here is the announcement from Little League International of the upcoming 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.