New youth baseball bat standards
As of January 1, 2018, USA Baseball has instituted a new standard for youth baseball bats.
It applies to AABC Baseball, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth Baseball, Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.
Basically it applies to all divisions except Senior League.
Under the new standard, barrels up to 2-5/8" are now approved for ages 14 and under.
Players will need a new bat stamped with the new USA Baseball Mark which is green this year.
Academy Sports + Outdoors is offering a trade-in program where you get 20% off a new bat if you bring in your old one to donate.
You can also get the coupon online here.