Effective January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball bat standard, or USA Bat, will be implemented by most youth baseball programs across the U.S., including our chartering organization, the Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth Baseball. The goal of the new standard is to help preserve the long-term integrity of the game by creating wood-like bat performance while still allowing younger players to use lighter-weight bats that aren’t possible with real wood.
The new standard means that bats used in 2017 and earlier bearing the “BPF 1.15” stamp will no longer be legal in our youth league. This fall, sporting goods retailers began selling compliant bats. When shopping for a new bat, please make sure that the bat is stamped with the USA Baseball logo.
Under the new standard, youth league players will now be allowed to use compliant 2 5/8” diameter “big barrel” bats in addition to 2 1/4” diameter bats. Wooden bats will continue to be legal.
Senior league players may continue to use bats meeting the “BBCOR .50” standard or may use any bat with a 2 5/8" diameter barrel meeting the new USA Bat standard.
Please click below for more information on the new standard.
One of our 2018 Banner Sponsors, DICKS Sporting Goods, is hosting a one day event for everyone in MSHYB to go to either the store in East Hanover or Union and receive a 20% off the entire purchase. This is not just limited to baseball gear (guns, ammo and golf clubs are excluded). The new bats will be included for the 20% off. Please click below for the coupon flier that will need to be brought to the store or shown on your phone.
The date will be Saturday, March 10th. If an item is sold out, they will be able to order it online and still honor the discount but you will need to be in the store in person.