New Little League International rules mandate that beginning in 2018 all non-wood baseball bats used in Little League youth games and activities must contain the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets USA Baseball's Youth Bat Performance Standard (NOTE: This is not the old USSSA logo you may see on some bats still in stores today - make sure it has the USA Baseball logo shown on this page) and not be de-certified.
Bats meeting the new performance standard were not sold prior to September 1, 2017. This means except as described below no bats used in prior seasons will be acceptable for use in any Little League baseball game or activity -- even if they contain the words "Little League Approved."
There is an exception for t-ball bats (26" and shorter) that were manufactured prior to the implementation of the new USABat standards, but they must contain approved stickers marked with the USA Baseball logo and language that reads "Only for Use with Approved Tee Balls." Stickers and approved tee balls will be provided as part of our T-ball program.
The new bat standard applies to all LMLL Baseball divisions from Gold through MajorsPlus (bats meeting the BBCOR standard will also be permitted in MajorsPlus); bats in these divisions are permitted to have barrels up to 2-5/8". Kids in these divisions will not be permitted to use bats -- in games or practices -- that do not comply with the new rules. Please keep this in mind when buying bats for the upcoming season.
The new bat standard does not apply to:
- Solid one-piece wood barrel bats, which do not require a USA Baseball logo
- LMLL Baseball Senior League, which will continue to use the BBCOR bat standard (can also be used in MajorsPlus)
- Any division of LMLL Softball
USA Baseball or BBCOR-stamped bats which have been de-certified may no longer be used in LMLL activities even though they have the USA Baseball or BBCOR logo. For more infomation about de-certification and a list of all de-certified bats, click here.
For more information, please see the Little League website Bat Information Page.