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Learn About USA Baseball Bats


USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S. Some of the leagues under their jurisdiction are the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball, and PONY Baseball. For all USA baseball events, they developed a specific USA bat certification. Bats that are eligible for use in USA Baseball-sanctioned leagues and tournaments must bear the USA Baseball logo and be certified by USA Baseball. This certification ensures that the bat meets the organization's performance and safety standards. These standards are different from others such as BBCOR and USSSA 1.15BPF. Consequently, these bats are not permitted in USA Baseball events. However, the performance of USA bats and BBCOR bats are nearly identical. The primary difference between these bats is USA Baseball bats do not have the -3 drop weight restriction. As a result, USA bats are normally for players in developmental stages of play, from t-ball to 14U.


How to Choose the Right USA Baseball Bat for You


When picking the right USA bat, carefully consider both the length and weight. Use our bat buying guide for assistance in selecting the appropriate bat length. For weight, there's flexibility in choosing a drop such as -5, -8, or -10 for players younger than 14U. It's important to match the drop with the player's age and experience. Our comprehensive baseball bat buying guide and baseball bat size chart can assist you in making an informed choice. In determining your bat specifications, start by deciding on the desired length and weight. Then, make a clear decision between aluminum or composite material, available in either one-piece or two-piece construction. Assess the characteristics of each type: One-piece bats provide a sturdy feel at contact, ensuring optimal energy transfer, yet they may transmit more vibrations to the hands. In contrast, two-piece bats offer some flexibility, allowing for more whip during contact, often with a larger barrel, and effectively reducing vibrations. Consider these factors based on your playing style and preferences before choosing the option that best suits your requirements.


USA Bat Size Chart


Age/Player Size67891011121314
Small25/1325/1525/1528/1628/1729/1930/2030/2531/26
Medium26/1426/1626/1628/1829/1930/2031/2131/2632/27
Large27/1527/1726/1729/1830/2031/2131/2632/2733/28

USA Baseball Bats FAQs


What are the USA bat drop rules?

In ages 8UU-14U there is no specific weight/length ratio limit for USA Baseball events.


How do you tell if a bat is USA?

All USA-approved bats will feature the USA Baseball logo on the barrel or taper of the bat.


Are USA bats allowed in high school baseball?

USA bats are not allowed in high school baseball. Instead, high school baseball follows the BBCOR standard for bats. BBCOR stands for “Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution” and it is the standard for bats for The National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. All bats used at the high school or college level must meet the BBCOR standard and display the “BBCOR.50” logo.


Can you use USA bats in middle school?

The rules regarding the use of USA Baseball-certified bats in middle school baseball can vary depending on the specific middle school league or association that governs the sport in your area. There is no universal rule for middle school baseball bats, as regulations can be set by individual schools, school districts, or middle school athletic associations. Check with the Middle School League or Association: Start by contacting the middle school league or association that oversees middle school baseball in your region. They should have specific rules and regulations regarding bats, including whether USA Baseball-certified bats are permitted.


Can you use USA bats in USSSA?

Yes. You are allowed to use a USA Baseball Bat in USSSA-certified play, but this is not recommended. USSSA bats are allowed to perform at a higher level giving hitters an advantage when compared to USA baseball bats. Therefore, when given a choice, it is better to use a USSSA bat as it will have better performance.

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