Implementation of the New USABat Standard on January 1, 2018
Please be aware of the implementation of the new USABat standard for all Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth play beginning January 1, 2018. All NKB players will need to play with USABat-certified bats for all regular season and tournament league play as well as Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth All Star play (with the exception of high school BBCOR-level) starting in 2018.
Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth and NKB will not have any changes to its current bat requirements for the 2017 season.
Inventory of these new bats for the 2018 season will not be in stores until September 1, 2017. Please be aware of these changes coming for 2018 if you purchase a bat to use in 2017.
To read the letter to the Babe Ruth membership written by Steven Tellefsen, CEO and President of Babe Ruth League, Inc., concerning the new USABat standard, please click the link below.