Youth Baseball T-Ball Sticker Program

Who would have thought that there would be so much controversy over Tee Ball bats? Well, now there is. From USA Baseball:

Beginning January 1, 2018, participating National Member Organizations will adopt the USABat standard for youth baseball and tee ball bats. Unlike standard youth baseball bats, tee ball bats (lengths 26” and shorter) are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat Program. However, to be approved for play within the participating National Member Organizations, tee ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying permanent text which reads: ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS

Under USABat standards, USA Baseball will implement the Tee Ball Sticker Program. Through the Tee Ball Sticker Program, coaches, league administrators, and parents can order approved stickers to mark tee ball bats that were purchased prior to the implementation of the USABat standard. This program will allow for the continued use of tee ball bats that were produced prior to youth baseball’s transition over to the new standard.

Below are some of the comments from Little League’s Facebook page after the post announcing the new sticker rule. Some didn’t understand that new bats weren’t required, but we included them because their points do apply to higher levels where new bats will be mandatory:

I would be interested in seeing what perks the Little League organization and its officers have received from bat manufacturers and their lobbies over the last few years…. I find the necessity of this to be questionable and to be honest, somewhat laughable as a Little League parent and coach.

Because we don’t spend enough money for 4 year olds to play. No more hand me down bats now. Must have a “sticker” to play. How many parents will have to tell their kids they can’t afford to buy new equipment so they can’t play? It’s becoming a sport that struggling families can’t afford to pay for.

Maybe I’m reading this wrong but they’re essentially “grandfathering” bats for use in tee ball so leagues don’t have to replace their entire stock of bats to comply with the new standard. I know the majority of our league bats only get used at the tee ball level. Not sure why a sticker is needed but I think it’s good that leagues will still be able to use the tee ball bats they already have.

And finally….

I would love to see the idiots who will sign up to check the tee ball bats…HOLD UP KIDS… illegal bat!!! Cmon…. this is a joke right? Is it April 1st?

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