USA Baseball Bat Standard – 2018
In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat).
Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" barrel bats with a minus factor of (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play.
All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.
The new USABat certified bats bearing the USABat licensing mark are expected to be offered in retail stores September 1, 2017.
To find out more about the USABat standard click here.
Palos Baseball Organization will be adopting these rules for the 2019 season.
2018 Chicagoland Sunday Baseball League Bat Rule change: In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating organizations (Little League, Pony League, Cal Ripken and others), effective January 1, 2018.
Chicagoland Sunday Baseball will be adopting the new USA Baseball standard (USABat). All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8” barrel bats with a minus factor of ( -5,-7,-9,etc) must be USA Bat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat.
If you are going to play on a 2018 PBO Part Time Travel team, you will need to purchase a new bat with the USA stamp for the 2018 season.