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PONY 2018 Bat Rule Changes

Here's what the 2018 PONY Rule Book Says:

 

New 2018 Baseball Bat Standard

If you're considering a new baseball bat for your player, please keep in mind that the bats that are currently available have a limited remaining lifespan in youth baseball, as they will become 'non-compliant' at the end of this year.

College baseball was first to make the change, then the high school level followed suit (2011).  Now, there is a new wood-like performance standard for bats coming to youth baseball.

This is not a change being enacted by Lynnhaven Baseball, but rather a new nationwide standard for youth baseball.  

Along with AAU, Little League International, Babe Ruth Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie, etc) will be implementing USA Baseball's new bat standard as of January 1, 2018 and thus, beginning in 2018, all bats used in league play will need to have a "USABat" stamp on it. There are currently no bats on the market that carry that stamp.

New Youth Baseball Bat Standard (2018)

Key Facts

•    All current youth baseball bats will continue to be 'legal' in Pony Baseball through December 31, 2017

•    Baseball 1.15 BPF bats (current youth bats) will not be grandfathered in for the 2018 season

•    Wooden youth bats will be not be affected by the change in 2018

•    The goal of USA Baseball (youth baseball's governing body) is to make youth bats perform like wood.

•    There will be no limit to how light the new bats bat can be (there will be no drop weight limit), which should prove helpful for some younger players. Baseballs likely won't be hit quite as far off the new bats, but the larger diameter barrels should be helpful for players in terms of making contact.

•    New, approved YBBCOR 2 5/8" barrels are legal for use in league play

•    USA Baseball has said the change is not being made for safety reasons, but rather for the integrity of the game.

•    click here to visit the USA Baseball website

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