New 2018 Little League Bat Rules *- Little League International has adopted the new bat standard (USAbat), effective January 1, 2018. All bats used in Little League play (after 1/1/18) must have the USA Baseball marking. The purpose of the new bat standard is to meet the goal of establishing a “wood-like performance” based on scientific data. The barrel diameter maximum is increased from 2 1/4” to 2 5/8”, a significant 3/8” larger barrel. New USAbats will go on sale starting September 1, 2017.
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