(Updated: August 2018)
Starting January 1, 2018, a new bat standard (USABat) was introduced and utilized by a number of organizations, including Dizzy Dean. For our 2018 Fall Ball season, 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 (this began on 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 the 2018 spring in the 2018 fall season? Yes
Can my child use the NEW 2 5/8” USABat in the Fall 2019 season? YES – this bat was allowed as of 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 email@example.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||CAN I USE AT BB?|
|2 1/4"||USSSA 1.15 bpf||YES|
|2 5/8"||USABat (new standard)||YES|
|2 5/8"||USSSA 1.15 bpf||No|
|2 3/4"||USSSA 1.15 bpf||No|
NOTE: We will have further communication in the coming months around the policy for our 2019 Spring season.