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Sep, 2016

USA Baseball Bat Notice

Last year, USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, announced that they have adopted a new standard for measuring performance in youth baseball bats.  The changes were designed to ensure the long-term integrity of the game, and allow manufacturers the ability to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood bat-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

These new standards will be implemented in January of 2018, and have been adopted by all of the National Member Organizations, including Little League, Babe Ruth and PONY Baseball, and ultimately, by Avonworth Baseball. The Avonworth Baseball board met last night to confirm our compliance with this standard, and wanted to make our association members aware of these changes.

As a result, effective, January 1, 2018, ALL existing non-wooden bats will become ineligible for use in all Avonworth games and tournaments. If you are planning to buy a new bat for the upcoming holiday, or in preparation for the spring 2017 season, please keep in mind that the bats will only be eligible for use until December 31, 2017.

Bats with the new 2018 “USABAT” standard will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2017.

Additional links for your reference…

USA Baseball Notice: http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=141742668&vkey=news_usab

Little League Baseball Notice: http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2015/May-August/Little-League-USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-2018.htm

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