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Feb, 2019

FBC Bat Regulations for League Play

What You Need To Know About The New USABat Standard For FBC League Play

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the new bat-performance standard that’s coming to youth baseball next season. The so-called “USABat” standard doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2018, but it’s already having broad ramifications for coaches, parents, and players.

Below, we’ve compiled answers to some of your most common questions, so that you can successfully navigate the transition and identify the right bat for your child and when to buy it.

Q: What is changing?
A: For FBC league play we will now allow for 2 5/8" bats if they have the new USA Baseball stamp.  USA Baseball, the sport’s national governing body, is adopting a new performance standard for youth baseball bats. You’ll hear this referred to as the USABat standard, or simply, USABat.  

Q: Is FBC adopting the USABat standard for league play?
A: Yes and no.  Yes, in that we will now allow for 2 5/8" barrels as long as they have the new USA Baseball stamp beginning with the Spring 2018 season.  Unlike other leagues we are adopting a revised version of the new standard.  If you would like to continue using your current 2 1/4" bat it will still be legal for the Spring 2018 season and in future seasons.  We feel our stance doesn't force parents to buy a new bat until you are ready to do so.  

Q: Can I use my 2018 youth baseball bat next season?
A: Yes.  If your player is using a 2 1/4" bat currently or has in previous seasons that bat is still legal for FBC league play.  The Spring 2019 season will be the last year we allow for 2 1/4" bats.  Therefore, if you like the bat you are using in league play there is no need to buy a new bat.  What is changing is we will now allow for 2 5/8" bats but your 2 5/8" bat must have the USABat stamp.  2 3/4" bats are still not allowed for play at FBC.  A picture of the stamp is below.


Q: My son or daughter plays on a FBC sponsored travel team.  What bat can we use?
A: Please check with your coach to confirm the bat rules for a tournament's sanctioning body.  

Q: Why is the standard changing?

USA Baseball said when announcing the standard that its national member organizations “believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game.”

Q: When is the earliest I can buy a bat certified to the new USABat standard?
A: Youth baseball bats with the new USABat mark are available in all local sporting good stores. 

Q: Is there a list of approved bats?
A: Yes, USA Baseball has posted a list of approved bats at  A 2 3/4" bat with the USA Bat stamp is not allowed in FBC League play.

Still have questions? Email your age group commissioner and let us know, or leave a comment and we’ll do our best to answer.

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