Bat Information

Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball® rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.

As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

Important Note: These changes only affect baseball divisions and don’t affect any divisions of softball.


USABat Kit Grants Update

The application period for the USABat Kit Grants from Little League International has closed. ALL LEAGUES which have applied for a Bat Grant will be notified via email by mid-February.

Leagues and families are encouraged to visit USA Baseball’s website for information on the USABat Standard and list of approved bats.

Individual families are also encouraged to visit their local retailer, such as DICK’S Sporting Goods, to purchase USABat Standard bats as well.

USA Baseball Bat Standard FAQ

Updated as of February 15, 2018. Effective January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® adhered to the new USABat standard.

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USA Baseball Website

Approved bat list, FAQs, and more from USA Baseball, the national governing body for baseball in the United States.

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2018 Baseball Bat Chart

 Minors & Majors 2018
USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
*Approved Tee Ball bats may be used in coach pitch/machine pitch divisions only with the use of approved tee balls.
 Intermediate (50/70) & Junior 2018
USA Baseball marking or BBCOR marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
 Senior 2018
ALL bats must be BBCOR

Rule 1.10

Review the official bat rules from the Little League Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies for all divisions of Little League Baseball, Little League Softball, and the Little League Challenger Divisions.

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Tee Ball Bats

Starting on January 1, 2018, all Tee Ball bats in the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball program must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker (available September 1, 2017) via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program for use with approved Tee Ball baseballs for Little League play. Tee Ball bats for Little League Softball® Tee Ball programs must follow the Little League Softball Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies.

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