NEW USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARD EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018 – TRYOUTS, PRACTICES, GAMES
With the new USA Baseball Bat Standard now in effect starting January 1, 2018, the only bats allowed for use at any Little League-related activities including Tryouts, Practices and Games, are those that adhere to the USABat standard and all bats must be marked with the USABat label in order to be used in Little League Baseball®. NO EXCEPTIONS
All bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) and marked with the BFP 1.15, will NOT be permitted to be used in any Little League activities, including practices or games.
FALL will be providing approved bats at Tryouts this year to ensure that players in attendance do not need to worry about having a new USA bat by our Tryout dates. Please DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN BAT as FALL volunteers will not be able to check individual bats to ensure they meet the new standard either before or during Tryouts.However, once FALL practices begin, ALL players are responsible for providing their own approved bats that meet the new USA Baseball Bat Standard.
Here is a useful link to USA Baseball Bat Standard - FAQ
For more information, please see http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm and/or USA Baseball Bat Standard
UPDATE EFFECTIVE MAY 3, 2018 - EASTON GHOST X 30/20 5/8 DECERTIFIED FOR USE BY USA BASEBALL
On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed youth organizations, including Little League, that effective immediately, the bat identified as the Easton Ghost X YBB18GX10 30/20 2 5/8" (or the "Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8" at retail) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30-inch drop 10 variation of the Easton Ghost X only. Pursuant to Rule 1.10, this is now an illegal bat. At the time of this decertification notice, all other lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X bat remain approved for play.
All parents, coaches, and umpires must check their bats and remove these bats from play if they are in possession of these bats.
Any questions regarding returns, refunds, or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton at
Please visit USABat.com/Decertified-Bats for more information.
Official Easton press release is listed below:
EASTON GHOST X 30/20 2-5/8 DECERTIFIED FOR USE BY USA BASEBALL
May 03, 2018
Thousand Oaks, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – Easton regrets to inform you that the Easton Ghost X, 30” -10 USA Baseball bat (model #’s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model) is no longer certified or approved by USA Baseball. Easton acknowledges full responsibility for this situation, and we seek to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
Please visit our website, http://news.easton.com/ to learn more about our efforts to deal with this decertification and your rights as a consumer.
If you purchased one of these bats, you can return it to us. We will provide you a mailing label that you can use to return your bat to us, at our cost. Upon receiving your bat, we will send you a $500 electronic voucher that you may use on easton.com. You may use this voucher to purchase another bat, or any other Easton products available at easton.com, with free shipping. To return your bat and receive your voucher, please call us at 1-844-531-7079, or email us at email@example.com.
Please understand that is a decertification of the 30” size only, and that there are no structural problems or other defects with this bat. All other certified lengths & drop weights of the Easton Ghost X USA bat remain approved for play.
If you decide to keep your bat to use for other non-USA Baseball leagues, we are required to send you a permanent, non-removable sticker that you can use to cover the USA Baseball certification stamp. Please contact Easton at 1-844-531-7079, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you this sticker with instructions on how to apply it.
Additional information may be found at USA Baseball’s USABat Youth Bat Standard website, https://usabat.com/decertified-bats/