Baseball Equipment Buyers Guide Information

** IMPORTANT BAT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ **

If you are looking to buy a bat for this season, please know that the bat will ONLY be legal for the 2017 season. Effective January 1, 2018 all bats will be required to have a USA Baseball Certification (USABat). These bats are not available on the market yet and even if/when they are, they are illegal to be used until next year anyway. We are not discouraging you from buying a bat, but know that you will only be using it for 1 season (with the exception of Senior Division).

PLEASE read the following articles that explains more about the upcoming change:

Here is the link to the article on Little League International Website:
http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2015/May-August/Little-League-USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-2018.htm
Here is the link to the full article on the USA Baseball Website:
http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=141742668&vkey=news_usab

Bat Rules

For the upcoming 2017 season, the old bat rules and regulations are still effective. Here is the link and a chart that explains what sizes and types of bats are permitted at each division.

This is the detailed explanations:
http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/batrules.htm

2017-2018 Bat Comparison Chart  
Minors & Majors

2017

BPF 1.15 marking / 2 1/4” barrel maximum

2018

USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum

Intermediate (50/70) & Junior

2017

1) 2 ¼” alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15
2) 2 5/8″ alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)
3) 2 5/8″ composite barrel with BBCOR stamp

2018

USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
NO BBCOR ALLOWED

Senior

2017

ALL bats must be BBCOR

2018

ALL bats must be BBCOR

Composite Bats

If you are buying a composite bat this year, make sure you refer this the following list of approved composite bats. If the bat you want to purchase is NOT on this list, it will NOT be legal for use in any little league game. This is the list that managers are encouraged to carry with them to every game to prove our players bats are legal. If they do not show up on this list, they will be removed from the dugout.

NOTE: do NOT download the “Download Current Complete Bat List”! That list is not the official list that umpires use.

Approved Composite Bat List

 

Equipment Sizing Charts

Here is a link to the Rawlings Sizing Charts. This is a nice chart because it gives sizing guidance for all baseball equipment (bats, gloves, helmets, pants, etc.)

https://www.rawlings.com/help/help-sizing.html

 

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