Major Bat Rule Change 2018Updated Sunday December 10, 2017 by Denny Moton.
Rule changes for upcoming season:
1) Bat Standard - Effective January 1, 2018, all bats must meet new performance standards established by USA Baseball, the national governing body of amateur baseball in the United States. The bat must not exceed 2 5/8”inches in diameter and must be stamped with the USA Baseball Logo.
All bats stamped “BPF 1.15” will not be legal for play in all age divisions beginning January 1, 2018. A complete listing of approved bats is available at usabat.com.
2) Age Cutoff Date - The league cutoff date has reverted back to May 1st for all age groups.
USA Baseball, a governing body over all youth sports programs in the US, requested that all leagues change to the September date. Last year Dixie, along with all the other youth baseball organizations, agreed to make the change as long as the majority changed. Only one other League actually made the change, so the Dixie Youth Baseball board of directors vote to change the date back.