Bat Rules Changing in 2019

Updated Tuesday January 8, 2019 by El Cerrito Youth Baseball.

Please be advised that the current generation of youth baseball bats are illegal in PONY league play in the upcoming season.  You may want to consider this rule change before investing in any expensive new bat. You may aske your manager or the division president if you want confirmation.

Starting in the 2018 season, PONY, Little League, and other youth baseball organizations  implemented a new bat standard adopted by the USA Amateur Federation. We currently use bats meeting the BPF 1.15 standard.  BPF is used to measure the bounce off the bat.  However, a new standard is replacing BPF.  The new standards are not driven by safety concerns but an intent to limit the performance of aluminum bats to be comparable to the highest quality wood bats.  

Existing bats may be used through the end of the 2017 calendar year.  After that point, national PONY rules will require bats to meet the new standard and carry a USA Bat Licensing Stamp.  We will keep you posted as we receive more information.  

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