2018 USA Bat Standard and What it Means

USA Bat Standard explained:

Effective January 1, 2018, USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, will adopt a new method for measuring bat performance for testing youth baseball bats. Since the new USA Bat Standard may affect your bat purchase decisions, we will break down every part of the new rule change, including what changes to expect, why a change is being made, and who this new standard will affect.  We here at Destroy It Sports have got you covered.


What are the key takeaways regarding these new youth baseball bat rules?

  • In order to maintain the integrity of youth baseball, the 2018 USA Bat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth bats while allowing younger players to use light-weight bats that could not be achieved with wood bats.
  • AABC, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, Dixie, Little League, and PONY will all be affected by the USABat rule change, but USSSA will not. 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).
  • AAU will vote on whether or not to adopt the USABat Standard in the Fall.
  • USA Bat will not have a drop weight limit.
  • USA Baseball will allow the use of 2 5/8″ big barrel bats for all age levels.

What will the 2018 USA Bat Standard change and why?

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR Standard that was implemented in 2011, the new USA Bat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth baseball bats. Or, as USA Baseball’s Executive Director / CEO Paul Seiler stated, help “take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game.”
Like the NCAA bat performance tests, the USABat Standard is based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. 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.
The BBCOR regulation limits bats to a maximum value of .50 in the NFHS / NCAA test. Currently, the maximum value that these new youth bats will be allowed to acheive, or how that value would exactly compare to the trampoline effect achievable with a BBCOR / current youth baseball bat / wood bat, is not known.

But, unlike the -3 length-to-weight ratio restriction that is required for BBCOR bats, USABat will not have a drop weight limit. Instead of requiring the use of wood bats, which are often found with a -8 length-to-weight ratio at the lightest, younger players will still be able to use bats made from light-weight, highly engineered materials.

With the creation of the new standard, 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.


What National organizations will be affected by the new bat standard?

USSSA Baseball and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 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. Dizzy Dean players 13 and under will need to use a USABat bat or a BBCOR bat.


What will the USABat logos look like on the baseball bat?

Here is where the logos will be placed on the bat, as well as what the logo will look like.

USA Baseball Logos
USA Bat Standards

What about Tee Ball bats?

Unlike standard youth baseball bats, tee ball bats (lengths 26″ and shorter) are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat Program. However, to be approved for play within the participating National Member Organizations, tee ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text that reads Only For Use With Approved Tee Balls.

  • Approved tee ball bats (26″ and shorter) under USABat will feature the USA Baseball mark.
  • USA Baseball will make a sticker program available that will allow individuals to purchase stickers to mark personal tee ball bats that were purchased prior to the implementation of the USABat Standard.
  • JustBats.com will also have bats with the stickers, which will read Only For Use With Approved Tee Balls, available for tee ball bats that were manufactured before the new rule.


Other notes regarding the new USABat Standard.

  • The organization that will adopt the USABat rule change will also then allow players to use a bat with either a 2 1/4 inch or 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, as long as it bears the new USABat stamp).
  • All current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.
  • With the implementation date of 2018, bat manufacturers are allowed sufficient time to conduct necessary research, design, testing, and manufacturing of these new bats.
  • Bats that are regulated by the new USABat Standard will be available to purchase on September 1, 2017.



*This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

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Senior League Power Engineered MOAB Bat
Senior League Power Engineered MOAB Bat

There are entirely too many options in the Baseball Bat industry these days and unfortunately the one that you ultimately purchase is often one that you do not get to demo beforehand, which may result in you getting the wrong bat for you.  Buying bats based on the reviews of others may not yield the results you are looking for either. There are just too many factors involved, your size compared to that of the reviewers, differences is strength, swing speed, and the baseball swing itself is rarely, if ever, exactly the same.

We at DESTROY IT Sports want you to get the right bat and be completely satisfied and confident with your decision. With our partnership with Rude American Bats, there is a new way to buy Bats, the right way. We encourage you to come by and demo the MOAB line, but we insist that you bring your current Bat with you. There is no better way to than to compare something new with something that you have been comfortable with. You’d be surprised often times we have found that the size Bat you have been swinging, may not even be the best option for you. An inch here, an ounce there could make a big difference in your results on the field.

Further, Rude offers the MOABs in two different versions for each bat they make: the POWER Engineered and their SPEED Engineered. The Power Engineered versions are more end loaded and the Speed Engineered are moderately balanced throughout. The interesting thing here is that not all “contact hitters” prefer the Speed Engineered versions, nor do all “clean up” hitters prefer the Power Engineered versions. Again, everyone is different with different “sweet spots” for bats.

Get in contact with us and schedule a demo, either at our location or find out where our next demo day will be.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon.


The DESTROY IT Sports Team