Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard. \n\n Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:\n\n Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?
\n To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.\n\n Why the change to a wood-like standard?
\n All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.\n\n Does the standard impact Tee Ball? Under the USABat standard, certified tee ball bats will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads, \"ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS.\"\n\n Can I use a Tee Ball bat that does not feature the USA Baseball mark?
The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds.The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups. The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports."USA Baseball is pleased, with the support of our participating national member organizations, to announce the USABat standard," said USA Baseball's executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler."Beginning with the launch in 2018, we will take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game." Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.