We want to make sure all baseball parents are aware of the new bat standards this year. Most of the major Youth baseball leagues in the US including Little League and Babe Ruth have adopted a unified Bat standard called the USA Bat Standard. The RBSA is following that standard for our leagues from Tiny Tim 8 through Babe Ruth. All bats that do not have the USA BAT Logo will not be allowed this year. The only bats that contain this new logo are 2018 model year bats, so if you have a bat from last year, it is no longer eligible. We have posted information about the new bat standard on our website.
Again, only new 2018 bats with the USA Bat logo are legal this year in TT8 through Babe Ruth. Teeball and Clinic can use bats from previous years. Additionally, for all Babe Ruth participants, please note that BBCOR .5 bats are legal this year in Babe Ruth only. Also note that single piece Wood Bats are Legal across all leagues. Rules on Softball bats have not changed from past years. Please contact me (Shawn Kirk @ firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding this new bat standard and how it applies to your child.
Please go to https://usabat.com/ for full details or see additional link below:
Dear Little League Parents and Volunteers,
Receiving a notice that a bat has been decertified, especially in the middle of the season, is challenging, inconvenient, and disappointing for everyone. On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed Little League and other youth organizations about the decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8. We are committed to sharing that information with all of you as soon as we received it. According to the official notice from USA Baseball, "official compliance testing determined that the Ghost X 30/20 exceeds the performance limit set by the USABat Standard. Per the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Test Protocol as well as (USA Baseball's) contracts with Easton, these results constitute a non-compliant bat that must be decertified."
For any family or league that is impacted by USA Baseball's decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8, we strongly urge you to read Easton's release, which includes information about how to return your bat to receive a $500 voucher for Easton.com.
For the USABat Standard, bat manufacturers are required by USA Baseball to have their bats certified by following the protocols set out by the standard. Once a bat is certified, additional compliance testing is done to make sure that the bats remain complaint with that standard. Little League® International has no role in bat testing or compliance testing.
Once a bat that is currently in the marketplace and available for purchase fails to meet the performance standard, it is decertified, and pursuant to Rule 1.10, is an illegal bat.
Little League does not decide whether a bat meets, doesn't meet, or no longer meets the performance standard. Bats used for Little League play in all divisions must remain compliant to the applicable bat standards, as explained in the current year's rulebook (Rule 1.10).
Through LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, as well as Little League's social media and email efforts, we are committed to sharing any information about the decertification of bats as soon as possible, so that all our families and volunteers know which bats are permitted and which bats that may have already been sold are no longer approved for play.
There are three bat performance standards that Little League International uses for its various divisions of play:
USABat: Overseen by USA Baseball and used by most youth baseball organizations, USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball, Coach/Machine Pitch, Minor League, and Major League (Little League) divisions. USABat Standard or BBCOR bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division. USA Baseball reserves the right to select any USABat product for compliance testing. At that time, the bat is sent to Washington State University for additional testing. If the bat is found to be out of compliance with the standards set forth in the USA Baseball Performance Test Protocol, the bat becomes decertified.
BBCOR: BBCOR-approved bats must be used in the Senior League Baseball Division. Either BBCOR or USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division.
BPF: For all divisions of Little League Softball®, all non-wood bats must be printed with a BPF of 1.20.
Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we strongly encourage you to visit LittleLeague.org/BatInfo for complete information about how bat standards impact all divisions of Little League and resources on which bats are approved for Little League use. For all information pertaining to the USABat Standard, visit USABat.com.
For those parents and leagues who purchased the Easton Ghost X, 30" -10 USA Baseball bat (model #'s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model), we, again, encourage you to read Easton's release and contact them as soon as possible at 1-844-531-7079, or email@example.com, to return your bat and receive your $500 electronic voucher.
Patrick W. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Little League Baseball and Softball
The next RBSA Board meeting date is TBD (Finch Park-Senior Center)...any/all new volunteers are always welcomed to join us!
The RBSA would like to sincerely THANK all of our sponsors for their dedicated and generous support (please see current list under our Sponsors tab (on left))!
It is with great sadness that the RBSA relays the passing of Lou Dovidio after a long, brave fight against cancer. Lou's son Brian played all the way from Clinic through Babe Ruth. He, Lou and Lou's wife Carole were (and are) both integral and beloved members of the RBSA family.
To learn more about Lou and his family, please visit; https://www.facebook.com/Lou-Dovidio-Memorial-Page-739824569488091/
To donate directly to The Brian Dovidio Scholarship Fund, please click the secure link found on their Facebook page-any donation(s) would be greatly appreciated by the Dovidio family.
Please closely review the following document for important information regarding the new birthdate cut off changes. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the age determination, please contact Shawn Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Miller at MGMiller17@verizon.net. If your child is born within the May 1st - August 31st window and wish to change leagues from your registration choice, please contact Matt Miller either via e-mail or at 201-264-0531.
Interscholastic and youth sports programs play an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children. It is therefore essential for parents, coaches and officials to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship. Moreover, adults involved in youth sports events should be models of good sportsmanship and should always lead by example by demonstrating fairness, respect and self-control.