Effective January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® decided to comply with the new USABat standard. The initial guidance was that 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, and as of January 1, 2018, USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Since there are no USABats bigger than 32” this posed a problem for some of the bigger IM players and many Juniors players. After lots of lobbying, Little League Baseball amended the new policy to permit either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats for Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. The -3 (drop 3) provision still applies. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
For more information, check out the Little League website below. There will be no local restrictions from Coronado Little League regarding bat use. If the bat is approved by Little League International, it will be approved for use in Coronado Little League. Please click on the link below for more information about the new bat standards and details about what bats will be approved for use.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, USA Baseball informed youth organizations, including Little League, that effective immediately, the bat identified as the Easton Ghost X YBB18GX10 30/20 2 5/8″ (or the “Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8” at retail) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30-inch drop 10 variation of the Easton Ghost X ONLY. Pursuant to Rule 1.10, this is now an illegal bat. At the time of this decertification notice, all other lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X bat remain approved for play.
All parents, coaches, and umpires must check their bats and remove these bats from play if they are in possession of these bats. Any questions regarding returns, refunds, or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit USABat.com/Decertified-Bats for more information.
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