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by posted 08/24/2017
New 2018 Bat Standard

 

GB Baseball Families,

As you may have heard, all youth baseball organizations will be switching to a new bat standard in 2018. The new bat standard replicates wood bat performance with the goal of standardizing this performance across all levels of play. This is NOT Green Brook's rule but rather it was enacted by all major youth baseball associations including Little League & Cal Ripken.



All current bats (other than wood) in use will not be eligible in the 2018 Rec or Travel seasons. All bats for next year must have the "USA Baseball" certification stamped on the bat. DO NOT BUY A BAT AT THE END OF THIS SEASON AS IT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED NEXT SEASON.  New bats from the ​manufacturers will be available on 9/1/2017.  Make sure the USA BAT logo is stamped on any bat you purchase.



There is an excellent explanation on Little League's website that can be viewed here:
2018 USA Bat Standard


Additionally, Easton also has a good FAQ section:
Easton New Bat FAQs

At this time, we do not anticipate new bats being needed for TBall Division.  The Coach Pitch Division and Higher should be prepared for the new bat standard starting 1/1/2018. As you will see in the links, 14U may still be exempt in some cases. New bats are NOT needed for the 2017 Fall Ball season.



While this information may take some getting used to initially, the goal of standardization should ultimately be beneficial to the game. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or another Board Member.



Regards,

GB Baseball Board


by posted 08/23/2017

Green Brook Baseball Club
P.O. Box 844
​Green Brook, NJ 08812
732-752-2948




 
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