Luckie Waller Little League has started the 2017 Winter Ball season. We want to remind parents of the new Little League baseball bat rules that take effect for 2018.
Starting January 1, 2018, all bats used in Little League must meet the new USA Bat standard, meaning all current bats will no longer be allowed in Little League. These bats are just starting to be released, so almost all bats available in stores or online CANNOT be used next spring in Little League.
During the Winter 2017 season we will still use the OLD bats (USSSA 1.15). However, for the Spring 2018 season we will need to use completely new bats that meet the USA Bat standard. We recommend that anyone considering buying a new bat for this fall or for next year carefully read the rules and select the right bat to buy based on their child.
Teams that are not a part of Little League (most travel teams, etc) are under separate rules and most are not changing their bat rules at this time. You will want to be aware of the two separate sets of rules in many cases if your child plays both.
Click the following link for more information on the Little League USA Bat standard:
The Online Registration site is currently CLOSED for our Winter Baseball Season (FALL BALL).
The teams are full...
With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game.
eveloped by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information.
Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018.