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USA Baseball Bat Standard

Posted by Nick Koehler on

What is changing with the implementation of the USABat Standard?

  • Similar to the BBCOR standard that was implemented in 2011 for College and High School, the new USABat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth baseball bats.
  • Like the College and High School BBCOR tests, the USABat standard is based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact (BBCOR). But in order to address the varying levels of play between youth and high school / collegiate players, the USABat test will use different test balls and test speeds to scale the results.
  • Anyone familiar with the BBCOR regulation will know that those bats are limited to a maximum value of .50 in the NFHS / NCAA test. The maximum value that these new youth bats will be allowed to achieve will be limited to .53 under the USABat Standard.
  • Unlike the -3 length to weight ratio restriction that is required for BBCOR bats, USABat Standard will not have a drop weight limit. Players will still be able to choose from a wide variety of weight ratios.
  • Players within the affected organizations will also now be allowed to use bats with either a 2 1/4 inch or 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter (as long as they carry the new USABat stamp). Although at this time, it seems unlikely that manufacturers will be able to product a 2 1/4" barreled bat that meets the USABat Standard. We should expect to see mostly 2 5/8" barreled bats with the USABat Standard stamp.
  • AABC, AAU, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, Dixie, Little League, and PONY will all be affected by the USABat rule change, but USSSA will not.
  • USSSA Baseball will not be affected by the USABat standard and Youth Big Barrel bats with 2 5/8 inch and 2 3/4 inch barrel diameters will still be produced with the USSSA BPF 1.15 certification. Currently, USSSA Baseball will allow the use of a bat that carries the new USABat stamp (as long as barrel diameter, drop weight, material specifications, etc. match the specific division's requirements).

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