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PBSA 2019 Baseball Bat Rules

As you may be aware, Little League of America / USA Baseball changed their bat composition standards effective 1/1/2018.
Since the Plum Baseball & Softball Association (PBSA) is not affiliated with Little League of America, we were not required to adopt these new standards immediately.  For 2018, the PBSA allowed players affected by this change (Rookie/Minor/Junior) to use both the old standard (USSSA 1.15 BPF) bats as well as the new standard (USA Baseball) bats for in house play to lessen the financial impact on our families.
For 2019, PBSA players will be required to use only bats with the USA Baseball stamp (below).  Please keep this in mind when considering new bat purchases in the coming months.  PBSA players will not be permitted to use bats with the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp (below) for in house play in 2019 and beyond.

For those players considering travel baseball in 2019, please note that USSSA Baseball Tournaments as well as Nations Baseball Tournament Association have decided to not follow the new USA Baseball bat rules for 2019.  As such, travel players participating in tournaments sanctioned by these associations will be permitted to use both USSSA 1.15 BPF and USA Baseball stamped bats.  Travel players participating in community tournaments outside of Plum will need to follow the rules of that community which could require the use of USA Baseball bats only.

Bat Specifications by PBSA Division 2019:

T-Ball (5/6):

T-Ball players may use:

  • Any bat with a USA Baseball stamp

Rookie (7/8) / Minor (9/10) / Junior (11/12):

Rookie, Minor, and Junior players may use:

  • 2 1/4 inch or 2 5/8 inch barrel bat with USA Baseball stamp

Pony (13/14):

Pony players may use:

  • 2 5/8 inch barrel bat with BBCOR stamp.  Maximum drop allowed is -5.  However, a drop of -3 is recommended for players entering high school.