PLEASE NOTE: ALL bats for baseball used starting in the 2018 Spring season will need to conform to the new USA Baseball USAbat standard (softball is not affected). Before you purchase any baseball bats for the holidays or the upcoming season, please check that the bat meets the new standard. Bats that meet the standard will have the USAbat logo (see below).
Who does this apply to?
This new standard will apply to all BASEBALL leagues offered by Madison Little League in this upcoming season, except Majors - this means Tee Ball to AAA and Intermediate League (summer), as well as District All Stars. Majors will continue to use wood bats, which do not come under the USAbat standard. Softball is not included in the new standard, so existing team and personal bats will be fine to use as-is.
Will MLL have bats to use?
MLL will be buying new team bats for all leagues - each team will probably have two bats. If you do not want to purchase a new bat, you can use a team bat.
What about personal bats?
If you are using your own bat, it MUST conform to the new USAbat standard (see link to list of approved bats below). Umpires will be checking bats bfore games to ensure conformance.
PLEASE BEWARE - Retailers may try to dump their old bats at heavily discounted prices. As great a deal as it may be, these bats will be unusable for Little League.
For more information, please refer to Little League International's USA Baseball Bat Standard FAQs
Also, here is the list of aproved bats for 2018.
Please contact us if you have any questions.