As you are probably already aware, the bats that your children currently have will become illegal in the new year. On January 1st, 2018, Cal Ripken Baseball (WYB plays under the Cal Ripken jurisdiction) will be adopting the USABat standard.
Visit the Babe Ruth League website’s “Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018”
WHAT IS CHANGING?
USA Baseball, the sport’s national governing body, is adopting a new performance standard for youth baseball bats. You’ll hear this referred to as the USABat standard, or simply, USABat.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The USABat standard replaces the existing 1.15 Bat Performance Factor (BPF) standard. Both establish limits on barrel performance, but the USABat standard mandates a more wood-like performance than 1.15 BPF.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH BAT TO BUY?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.