PONY Baseball Bat Rule Changes for 2018

While Seattle PONY ensures that all players have access to baseball bats, we know that some families purchase bats as equipment for their child. With that in mind, please be aware that there will be a bat rule change effective next season (2018) that will make many bats sold this year or in the past ineligible for use after 2017.

Beginning in 2018 all bats that are greater than a “drop 3” / “-3 ” (-5, -7, -9, etc.) will be ineligible for use in league and tournament play unless they have a new YBBCOR certified USABat licensing stamp. Eligible, YBBCOR certified bats are expected to be available for sale in September 2017.

“Drop” refers to the difference between the length and weigh of a bat — a 30 inch, drop 5 bat will weigh 25 oz. Drop 3 bats will still be allowed in 2018 as long as they are BBCOR certified.

If you are interested in reading more about the USABat standard, you can find additional information here.