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    News & Information — Bat Certification

    2019 Michigan Middle School Baseball Bat Changes

    Changes are coming for all of you playing Middle School Baseball in 2019. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has made a ruling regarding the bats allowed in Junior High/Middle School play. They must either meet the BBCOR standard or have the USA Baseball stamp. Bats with the USSSA 1.15 BPF standard will not be allowed in Junior High/Middle School play. The changes were intended to begin in 2018 but they were postponed until 2019.

    This information can be found on the MHSAA website about halfway down the page.

    What do we recommend? If you can swing a BBCOR it is your best bet to get one as you will be able to use it for multiple years. In the past when 1.15 BPF bats were allowed it was beneficial to swing those as they have more pop. The difference between the BBCOR and USA Baseball bats is much smaller. If you cannot swing a Drop 3 (-3) we recommend a Drop 5 (-5) USA Bat as you will have to swing BBCOR (Drop 3) in 14 & Under travel play and in High School.

     

    What are the Different Bat Certifications?

    SHOP BBCOR Bats

    SHOP USA Baseball Bats

    USA Bat Standard (Little League)

    Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball will adhere to the new USABat standard. NO bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. The new bat standard effects Little League Baseball only. There are NO changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball.

    One of the stamps below must be on the bat in order for it to be legal in 2018.

    Travel Organizations are NOT adopting the USA Bat Standard. They will continue to use the 1.15 BPF Bat Standard.

     

    USA Baseball believes that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood and BBCOR bats.

    What this means for local Little Leagues, and Little League baseball players in the Tee Ball through Junior League Divisions, as well as Little League Challenger Division®, is that all current Little League-approved bats can be used during the 2017 Little League regular season and throughout tournament play, but can no longer be used starting in 2018. All of Little League’s current bat regulations will remain in effect until December 31, 2017.

    Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?

    Along with Little League Baseball®, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, and PONY Baseball.

    Search available USA Baseball Certified Bats.

    What is the MLB Ink Dot test for wood bats?

    The Ink Dot is the stamp of the highest quality wood bat. Bats that feature the Ink Dot signify that they are in the top 3 percent of wood from the harvest and they satisfy the strict slope of grain requirements by Major League Baseball. Indicating that your bat is big league quality and approved. All Louisville Slugger Prime Maple and Birch bats carry this seal of approval. Due to its clearly defined grain structure, Ash bats are not subject to the Ink Dot test to be eligible for use by MLB.

    Search available MLB Ink Dot Approved Bats.