2018 BAT INFORMATION
When preparing to purchase bats for the Fall, and looking into the Spring, take the below into consideration based on the program(s) involved. Remember, Fall Ball ages are generally your age for the next Spring season. Based on that, and the below, you may want to be cautious how you spend your money. Many sporting goods stores will be trying to sell some bats at deep discounts to move inventory as a result of some changes, so it is important you understand these changes. It is also important to note that most players at 13 will require at least 2 bats……
1. Middle and High School
There will be no change in the bat rules for PIAA baseball (following NFHS standards). They allow wood bats, but the most common bat is the aluminum or composite -3 BBCOR (BBCOR Baseball Bats feature a barrel that does not exceed 2 5/8 inches in diameter and at the most, a -3 length to weight ratio). BBCOR bats are considered Adult baseball bats and carry the BBCOR .50 certification mark on their barrel or taper.... More information: http://www.setxsports.com/ip/index.php?/topic/129870-highschool-bat-rules/
2. In-house Little League
Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.
Here is more information on the new standard: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-FAQs.htm
3. American Legion
American Legion is an all wood bat league requiring Ash or Maple wood bats only.