Thank you to everyone who completed our first annual survey. We have analyzed the responses, and the feedback we received will help us build upon those things we are doing well, while addressing the areas for improvement, including our communication. We sincerely value your opinions and are committed to working hard in this off-season to improving our league so that we can give the kids the best possible baseball experience.
We will be sending an email in the next few weeks summarizing our past year, outlining our off-season programming, and announcing certain other improvements. If you have any questions in the interim, please email us at:
As you have probably heard, 2018 is bringing changes to youth baseball bats. Effective January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball bat standard, or USABat, will allow youth baseball organizations to reach their goal of wood-like bat performance in order to preserve the long-term integrity of the game, as well as instill a sense of uniformity among leagues.
USA Baseball will institute this standard in the following national member organizations:
• American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
• Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball]
• Dixie Boys Baseball
• Dixie Youth Baseball
• Little League Baseball
• PONY Baseball
As we are governed by Little League Baseball, then you will need to purchase a new bat for legal play in 2018. USA Baseball-approved youth bats became available for purchase September 1st at DICK’S Sporting Goods.
As a reminder, here is the link to our baseball/softball coupons for all of your baseball needs throughout the fall season:
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.