Little League International makes major changes to bat rules

Bats used this season and in previous seasons will be illegal January 1, 2018

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Little League International is making a major change to its bat regulations as of January 1, 2018.

It will make just about every bat approved for this season and previous years illegal one year from now.

Syracuse Little League Co-President Jason Purdy says the bats have become too much.

“We've got some really small kids, 11 year olds playing with 13 year old kids and they're only 46 feet from them when they're pitching so that ball comes off the bat pretty quickly."  Purdy tells NewsChannel 9.

He says adults should learn the new regulations and then check out the barrel size and BPF numbers printed on each and every bat.

The new rules were intended to go into effect this year Purdy says but manufacturers asked the organization to hold off so they could catch up and get enough new bats on the market.

"I think it’s finally hit the checks and balances point where the safety becomes more of an issue than the flash and flare, that's what makes the bats popular is the home run but you've got to take care of the safety aspect."  Purdy says.

Be aware that this new bat standard affects Little League Baseball only. There are *no* changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball.

Click here for specifics on the new bat regulations from Little League International.

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