Bat Regulations

There has been a lot of discussion in youth baseball about bat standards. Many leagues are adopting only USA stamped bats. USA stamped bats are designed to perform more like wood bats and limit the “trampoline” effect created by many traditional alloy bats. It is likely that over time USA stamped bats will become the only accepted bat in youth baseball. In order to make this transition as painless and inexpensive as possible, GBA is adopting the following bat standards for the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.

K, 1st Grade (Pinto), 2nd Grade (Stallion)

The following bats are allowed:

USA stamped with no more than a 2 1/4″ barrel

*OR*

Bats that are no more than a 2 1/4″ barrel AND no more than drop 12 (differential between length and weight) AND stamped 1.15 bpf

3rd + 4th Grade (Mustang) and 5th + 6th Grade (Bronco)

The following bats are allowed:

USA stamped (regardless of barrel size)

*OR*

Bats that are no more than 2 1/4″ barrel AND no more than drop 12 (differential between length and weight) AND stamped 1.15 bpf

7th + 8th Grade (Pony)

The following bats are allowed:

USA stamped (regardless of barrel size)

*OR*

Bats that are no more than 2 5/8″ barrel AND no more than drop 8 (differential between length and weight) AND stamped 1.15 bpf