The New USABat Standard FAQ’s

The Plainview Little league is adopting the new USABat standard for the 2018 Spring Intramural Season. We know there are many questions surrounding this change.  Here are some of the most common questions and related answers.

Who is affected by the change?

The change affects Plainview Little League Baseball A thru Majors Divisions only. Softball is not affected by the new standard.

Why the change?

The new USABat standard will create wood-like performance in youth baseball bats in order to make the game more uniform at the youth level and ensure the long-term integrity of the game.

Is this a safety issue?

No. Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.

Do we have to get a new bat?

For the A divisions thru majors division, all bats must comply to the new USABat standard and feature the USABat logo.

For Tee-ball and below, PLL will not be enforcing the USABat standards.  However, if you are thinking of purchasing a new bat this season, it is strongly suggested that you purchase a bat that meets the USABat standard.

Also note that each intramural team will have a USABat available for use for players who do not wish to purchase a bat.

We play travel baseball. How does this affect us?

Each travel league will have their own bat standards. This is the information we have to date:

Williamsport - Will adopt the USAbat standard.

Hot Stove - Will not fully adopt the new bat standard. The USABat standard and the original USSSA Bat Performance Standard will be in effect for ages 7u through 12U in 2018.

East Coast -  Will not fully adopt the new bat standard. The USABat standard and the original USSSA Bat Performance Standard will be in effect for ages 7u through 12U in 2018.

East Meadow - Will adopt the new USABat standard.

We will be updating this list with other leagues and tournaments as soon as we receive the information

How do these new bats perform?

New youth baseball bats under this standard will have less trampoline and consequently less ball exit speed. Balls fisted or in off the hands are much less likely to carry over the infield for hits. It will be more difficult to hit the ball far and with high velocity, but far from impossible.

Also note that the bats approved using the USABat Standard will be made in 2 1/4- and 2 5/8- inch dimensions. 

How do I know i have the right bat?

All new bats will bear the USABat licensing mark and will feature one of the logos below:

Is there a list of approved bats?

The USABat standard approved bat list can be found here

Where can I found out more about the USABat standard?

The following links will provide you more information on the new standard.

USABat page

Little League Bat Page