As indicated at the beginning of last season, the rules for approved bats are changing for the 2018 season. This is a multi-league, nation-wide transition, not just West Seattle Baseball. The new bat rules are aimed at creating a nation-wide standard and create a more wood-like performance. A notable change is that with the new rules, big barrel bats (2 5/8") will be allowed in all divisions now. These rules will be strictly enforced this upcoming season in order to protect the integrity of the game. All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.
While it's not easy to tell everyone they must spend more money, we have investigated and found several affordable models. We wanted to get this message out with plenty of time before the holiday season in case you need gift ideas for your son or daughter.
If you have questions, please refer to this FAQ document as it will provide you with all the answers a lot faster and with more detail than contacting the WSBB Board. Included in the document is a link of approved bats.