Many of you may or may not have heard about the new youth Baseball Bat standards that have been approved beginning in 2018. These new standards will begin January 1st, 2018. I know it's a ways out but these new standards will surely effect the performance of youth and senior league baseball bats. Keep us in mind down the road as Bat Rolling will surely be required to ensure your new bat performs at it's highest allowable limit. In the past, in order to maintain the tightly standards we've found that most manufacturers will need to make bats with thicker wall or tighter composite weaves to prevent the walls from flexing too much. As will any composite bat, they get better as you put more and more hits on them so we expect these new designs to require even more break in to get them to perform. Bat Rolling will help shorten this break in time.
PLEASE NOTE - This new standard DOES NOT effect leagues that require BBCOR bats. It also will NOT effect leagues the require the 1.15 BPF Thumbprint certification. It only effects the league/associations listed below.
Below is an a brief summary of the news release. Full details can be found on the USA Baseball website.
"USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations announced today the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats. We'll continue to update this page as more news is released and we receive any additional information from our reps.
The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.
"USA Baseball is pleased, with the support of our participating national member organizations, to announce the USABat standard," said USA Baseball's executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. "Beginning with the launch in 2018, we will take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game."
Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game."