USA Bat Standard – Youth BBCOR Bats are coming!

USABat Standard

USA Bat Standard Baseball Bats

First College, next was High School, now at the Pony and Little League levels we will see a Youth BBCOR Bat!

Starting in 2018, to be legal for play in Little League, Pony, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth, AABC, AAU, Dixie baseball, your bat will need the USABat stamp on it.

USABat Standard baseball bats will go on sale in the Fall of 2017. Major brands like Easton, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger, and Rawlings are already hard at work on these new youth baseball bats with the USABat stamp.

USSSA vs USA Bat Standard

Key USABat Standard Baseball Bat Facts

  • Approved YBBCOR 2 5/8” barrels will be legal for all ages (14 and under) in Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie, AABC, AAU.
  • The 2 5/8” big barrel lengths will be much shorter than the current 2 5/8” 1.15bpf barrels used in today’s game due to the performance regulations put in place.
  • All current youth baseball bats will continue to be legal in the above mentioned organizations through December 31st, 2017
  • 1.15bpf bats will NOT be grandfathered in for the 2018 season.
  • The goal is to make youth bats perform like a wood bat.
  • There will be no limit to how light a bat can be, which should be helpful to younger players.
  • According to USA Baseball, the governing body that oversaw the research and ratification of the new USABat standard, this change is being made for “integrity of the game”, and not “safety” reasons, as it claims “Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports”.
  • USSSA, which governs nearly all travel ball teams, is not affected by the change to the USABat Standard, and currently has no plans to change their bats

Long story short, everyone who plays Little League, Pony, and the other organizations mentioned above will need to buy a new bat starting in 2018. These bats will perform like wood bats. Baseballs will likely not be hit as far with these bats, BUT the larger diameter barrel on the baseball bats can and will make the baseball easier to hit for many players.

Mike Trout Wood Baseball Bats

Mike Trout Wood Baseball BatsMike Trout’s wood baseball bats are made by  “Old Hickory Bat Company“, a smaller wood bat manufacture that produces high quality wood baseball bats, for professionals, and amateurs. Their strict standards for wood baseball bats only allow for the finest maple and ash billets to be turned into wood bats. The Mike Trout wood bat model is the MT27.  This hand selected, and hand finished product, comes with the same high quality guarantee that every Old Hickory Bat receives.

With many high level players giving such positive feedback on this model, and many others, Old Hickory seems to be developing a reputation as an up and coming wood bat company that knows what it takes to make a bat better than the rest.

Mike Trout uses a 33.5 inch bat, with a 2 ounce drop. Its made from Northern White Ash, a popular and durable wood used to make good quality baseball bats. It has a 2 1/2 inch diameter barrel.  They used a 29/32 handle, and the bat is pro cupped on the end. Many athletes comment on how well balanced the MT27 is. 

You can purchase your very own, Old Hickory Mike Trout MT27 Wood Baseball Bat from Cheapbats.com, available in a 32″ 33″ and 34″ lengths. Be sure and watch the video about the Mike Trout wood baseball bats at the end of this blog.

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Wood Baseball Bat Gift Giving Guide

Louisville Slugger Wood Baseball BatsFor many baseball players, young and old, there is a major need to have the tools to be successful. You can’t expect to succeed without having the right equipment and that applies to every aspect of the sport. From fielding and batting gloves to baseball bats, the better equipment you have, the better equipped you will be to produce great numbers and to be a star.

When it comes to the best wood baseball bats, there are two that stand out as the best. Louisville Slugger manufactures both the Grand Slam and the Maple Wood Baseball Bat that can be used in just about every sanctioned league. Which of these two are best for you or anyone on your shopping list to swing?

Louisville Slugger Grand Slam Wood Baseball Bat

This all-black wood baseball bat is one of the best available on the market today and needs to be purchased today before they run out. It is available in a single size of 32″ and is made of ash. It is a bat that is used by several Major League Baseball stars and is a wood baseball bat that comes with the replica signature of several MLB superstars. The bat was released in 2012 and is easy to grip and can be used in either batting cages or in real-time game.

Louisville Slugger Maple Wood Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Maple Wood Baseball BatThis wood baseball bat was released in 2013 and is made with hard maple. It has a great natural finish and is constructed to last. It is a bat that can be used constantly for batting practice without fear of breaking and can also be used in games. The Maple also does a solid job of absorbing any vibrations that can happen in a swing, especially during the cold season.

Many younger players would much rather swing an aluminum bat because of the thought that the ball will travel further. When you have raw talent and have a perfect fundamental swing, it doesn’t matter what tool you have in your hands. When you swing one of these two Louisville Slugger bats, you are being destined for greatness.

Give the gift of wood this holiday season! Call Cheapbats for questions on these and all the great Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats.

Southbat Manufacturer Profile

Southbat Baseball BatsSouthbat is changing things in the wood baseball bat market. There are a lot of people think that the best bats are the ones made with the common materials. That means in the wood bat family, people think of maple, ash and bamboo as being the best materials.  One bat manufacturer is trying to change that thought and open people up to the possibility of guayaibi wood (GUAH-YAH-BEE) being just as good, if not better than those other materials and that company is Southbat. As they say, “The power is in the wood”.

When Southbat opened up shop, they chose to use guayaibi wood to produce their bats instead of the traditional woods. Guayaibi wood is a solid wood that doesn’t need a composite handle to provide you the ultimate power when making solid contact. It grows in the sub-tropical forests of South America and is denser and tighter than maple, ash and bamboo wood and is the premium wood to use for bat construction. It is also more flexible than the other materials. When all these factors are put together, it provides those who use the bat more pop with each swing, extended longevity and improved durability.

Southbat bats are hand-crafted and are done to the finest specifications and quality control standards. Southbat ensures that only the best guayaibi wood is selected and extracted from the Argentinian forests. The wood is then treated and painted in their own facility to ensure quality control. Many players competing in the 2013 World Baseball Classic used Southbat baseball bats when they competed earlier this year. Their bats were also approved for use in the South American Confederation of Baseball, Pan-American Confederation of Baseball and the International Baseball Federation.

If you have not tried one of these great baseball bats by Southbat, check them out on the Cheapbats website.