Starting on January 1st, 2018 the New England Elite Baseball League will be adopting the USA Baseball Bat Standard. Above is what the stamp will look like on the bats.
All bats for the 8U-13U levels will need to have the USA Baseball Stamp on it. These bats will be made available to the public in retail stores starting September 1st. If the bat has a USA stamp on it then it can be used for any of the 8U-13U levels in the EBL, all other bats will be illegal. The barrel sizes for these bats will be from 2 1/4-2 5/8 and the new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so players can use bats made with light-weight material as long as the USA stamp is on the bat. All other bats from previous years will now be considered illegal starting January 1st. This is a change that is being done Nationally by Little League, Pony League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, AABC and so on. The majority of the tournaments that teams will enter in 2018 will also be changing the bat rules.
USSSA (U triple S A)- These stamped bats WILL NOT be allowed in the EBL. There is a difference between the USA stamped bats and the USSSA stamped Bats.
2018 Bat Rules for the EBL
8U-13U- Starting January 1st, 2018 all bats will need to have the USA stamp on it. If it has the USA stamp on it then it will be allowed. BBCOR bats can be used at these levels too.
14U- Divisions 1, 1A & 2 will now be a BBCOr league. (BBCOr bats do not have the USA stamp on them). All bats must have the BBCOr stamp on it, those bats are all -3.
15U- Division 1- Wood Bat
15U- Division 2- BBCOr. (BBCOr bats do not have the USA stamp on them).
16U- Wood Bat
18U- Wood Bat
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