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NEW! Bat Requirements for 2018!

12/10/2017, 11:00pm EST
By Jennifer Rogers

BAT Requirements

(Updated:  August 2017)

 

Starting January 1, 2018, a new bat standard (USABat) is being introduced and utilized by a number of organizations, including Dizzy Dean.  For 2018 (Spring & Fall), Buckhead Baseball (BB) will allow the use of bats that fall under our current rules as well as bats that conform to the new USABat standards.

 

What does this mean?  By current BB rules, bats must be 2 1/4” barrel size and must carry the USSSA 1.15bpf certification stamp.  Under the new standard, 2 5/8” barrel size bats with the USA Baseball stamp will also be allowed, but NOT until January 1, 2018.  The new 2 5/8” USABat bats are in stores now - the stores have been in the process of phasing out of the 2 1/4” USSSA 1.15bpf bats.

 

What is NOT allowed?  Bats that have a 2 5/8” or 2 3/4” barrel and a USSSA 1.15bpf stamp will not be allowed. 

 

Can my child use the same bat he/she used in 2017 in the 2018 season?  Yes

 

Can my child use the NEW 2 5/8” USABat in the Fall 2017 season?  NO – you must wait to use this bat until January 1, 2018.

 

If we want to buy a big barrel bat in 2018, what does it need to be?  The new 2 5/8” USABat

 

Please see the chart below to help you with the specifications going forward.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us at bats@buckheadbaseball.com.  BB will continue to monitor both the evolution of the new USABat bats and Dizzy Dean regulations, as well as the future bat requirements, as needed.

 

BARREL SIZE

BAT CERTIFICATION STANDARD

CAN I USE AT BB?

2 1/4”

USSSA 1.15bpf

Yes

2 5/8”

USABat (new standard)

Yes

2 5/8”

USSSA 1.15bpf

No

2 3/4”

USSSA 1.15bpf

No

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  The bat rules for 2018 summer tournament teams may be different.  More information about bat requirements for tournament play will be provided at a later date. 

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