Youth baseball bats will be undergoing some changes for the 2018 seasons. Effective January 1, 2018, USA Baseball will implement their new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. 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. As the governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, 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 BYBA is Cal Ripken affiliated we will be following the new USA Bat rules. Diamond league will continue to use wood bats and not be affected by this rule change, however when playing in open tournaments they might still be required to follow the new standards, that is determined by the individual tournaments.