College and High School Baseball
- -3 Drop Weight
- Barrel Diameter 2 5⁄8” or less
Senior League Baseball
- Wide Weight Drop Range
- Wide Barrel Range Diameter
- No Weight Restriction
- Maximum Barrel Diameter of 2 5⁄8”
Louisville Slugger USABat FAQ
USABats can have barrels up to 2 5⁄8” diameter and do not have weight drop restrictions.
USABats are marked with a new USA baseball logo located just above the grip on a bat.
It replaces the standards previously adopted by the member organizations: American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.
Bats with the new USA Baseball approval stamp were made available for purchase on September 1, 2017. Players participating in leagues adopting the new USA Baseball bat standard must use approved bats beginning on January 1, 2018. Check with your league to see if they are adopting the new USA Baseball bat standard.
USABats will have the USA Baseball mark shown below on the area between the bat’s barrel and grip. We always recommend that you check with our local league to see if your bat is approved.
To help you find these bats in store - all Louisville Slugger bats will have a green knob medallion and a green sticker identifying it as USA Baseball approved.
We recommend you work directly with the retailer where the bat was purchased. For bats purchased on www.slugger.com please see our warranty policy.
USA Baseball bat standards has no restrictions in weight drop. In addition, bats with a 2 1⁄4” and 2 5⁄8” barrel diameter are approved under the USA Baseball bat standard.
USA Baseball approved bats can be composite, alloy, wood or a combination of these materials.
Yes; provided the wood bat bears a USA Baseball mark. Please check with your coach/league official to find out what wood bats are approved in your league.
The following leagues will have adopted the USA Baseball bat standard; American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball. *Note: Any league can adopt the USA Baseball bat standard. So, we recommend checking with your local league before purchasing a bat.
The new USA Baseball bat standard also covers tee ball bats. As of January 1, 2018, a tee ball bat will only be permitted for play in leagues that have adopted the USABat Standard, if the bat (1) bears the USA Baseball mark and (2) is used only with USA Baseball-approved tee balls.
Tee ball bats are not required to undergo lab testing to be approved under the USA Baseball bat standard – but they must bear the new USA Baseball mark on the bat.
No – The USA Baseball bat standard only applies to youth baseball that plays under USA baseball rules.
Louisville Slugger has multiple bats available in a variety of swing weights, lengths, and materials. You can check them out here: USA Bat page on slugger.com
Composite bats are made with a layered material (often carbon fiber) that is easy to distribute, giving us the ability to make bats with a variety of swing weights, from balanced to end-loaded.
Pros of Composite:
Minimize the sting from a mis-hit ball by reducing vibration to the hands
Often have a larger sweet spot than alloy bats
Alloy is a mixture of two or more metals, and has been commonly used in baseball bats for years.
Pros of Alloy:
Stiffer feel through the swing zone
More durable material
Still widely popular among big leaguers, Ash provides the ultimate in flexibility due to its unique grain structure. More forgiving than Maple, Ash rarely sees multi-piece fractures when the bat breaks. Visible grain lines allow for noticeable quality, giving you the confidence you need when you step up to the plate.
The species preferred by most pro players, Maple features the ultimate surface hardness and provides an unmatched sound and feel at contact. Naturally harder, Maple offers added strength at impact. Closed grains eliminate flaking commonly seen with Ash, allowing for superior durability.
The fastest growing species in professional baseball, Birch features the ideal combination of surface hardness and flexibility for increased durability. Its hardness (similar to Maple) provides great sound and feel at contact. Flexibility similar to Ash allows for forgiveness on non-barrel contact, decreasing the chance of multi-piece fractured breakage. Birch is less dense than maple, giving it a lighter feel on comparable turning models.