We are writing to make you aware of new Baseball Bat (no changes to softball bats) standards for 2018. The new standard which impacts T-ball, Minors, Majors, Intermediate, and Junior divisions is called USA Baseball Bat Standard.

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in West Tampa Little League MUST HAVE the USA Baseball logo sticker signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. Any bat WITHOUT this sticker is illegal and cannot be used. 

These bats are now for sale in the marketplace, and we want you to plan your next baseball bat purchase carefully. Please see below for an example of the USA Baseball Bat stamp to look for when researching and purchasing the new bats.

All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play.

USA Baseball Bat Stamp Example (look for this stamp on bats to use in 2018):

Here is a summary description of the changes from 2017 to Jan 1, 2018. As you can see, there are changes to both the bat sizes allowed (minors and majors can now use up up 2 5/8” barrel), as well as what is allowed in specific divisions (i.e. BBCOR no longer allowed in Intermediate or Junior division).

Minor Division includes Coach Pitch, Minor B, and Minor A.

**T-ball bats manufactured prior to the new standard can be used via the “USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program”. These stickers will be available from WTLL during strength and conditioning periods for the spring season. Dates for spring training and concession registration will be coming soon.

Here is the link to the Little League site providing more details:

Here is the new Baseball Bat Standard FAQ link:

Click Here for the list of USA Bat Standard approved bats.

Click here for information, reviews and recommendations for all USA bats.  There is also a form you can fill out with your child’s specifications where they will recommend the bat that best fits your player’s needs.

Please send any questions to wtllplayersagent@gmail.com