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Your Voice: New Age Determination Date, Future Bat Standard Changes

Volume 3 | Issue 10 | November 2015 | Archive
Your Voice: New Age Determination Date, Future Bat Standard Changes
Can you explain the new Little League Baseball® Age Determination date, and why the change was made?

Little League® International always welcomes feedback from every one of our 7,000-plus leagues. We feel that the only way to provide the best experience for Little Leaguers® and their parents is to hear from and listen to our valuable volunteers and participants in communities worldwide.

Little League conducted a very detailed participation research project. That research showed that parents, players, and volunteers want to see Little League® become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Our volunteer District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors carefully considered the results of the research, and ultimately changed the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31. This change will ensure that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division.

Learn more about the new Little League Baseball Age Determination Date.

Can you tell me more about the new bat standard, and how it will affect my Little Leaguer®?

Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball adopted the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. These new standards utilize the most current advancements available, so that manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game.

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. So, for the upcoming 2016 season and the 2017 season, there won’t be any change. You will still see the Little League name on bats being used for play. Beginning January 1, 2018, however, all bats must meet USA Baseball’s standards, and you won’t see Little League branding on permitted bats. The new bats are anticipated to be on sale starting in September 2017.

Visit Little League's Bat Information Resource page for complete details.

A lot of parents in my league have good equipment that their child no longer fits in or uses. Can we donate the equipment?

We greatly appreciate you wanting to donate the equipment instead of throwing it away. Little League encourages people to donate their gently-used youth baseball and softball equipment to Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB). PIFB is the central non-profit organization that Little League partners with, and we’re proud to work with an organization that, since 2005, has distributed more than $3 million worth of equipment to over 200,000 children in more than 75 countries worldwide and nearly every state domestically. For every donation made, another opportunity is created for a child to play baseball or softball. Visit PIFB.org to learn how your league can make a donation, or to be considered for assistance.
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The Parent Connection - November 2015 - Archive