Skiles Test does not allow "big barrel" bats for use in baseball leagues, only 2 1/4" barrel bats are allowed for both baseball and softball.
USA Baseball in association with leading governing bodies of baseball have introduced a new standard method for measuring bat performance, called "USABat", which will come under regulation in 2018 for many organizations. Skiles Test will not require USABat approved bats for the 2018 season, instead maintaining our prior approval requirements listed on our equipment page.
Skiles Test is committed to not burdening our families with requirement of purchasing a new bat to meet the new standards. Details of the new bat regulations are available here: https://usabat.com/
It is important to note that Skiles Test will not allow some bats that are approved by USABat.
If you intend to purchase a new bat for the 2018 season, please review the following details:
Skiles Test does NOT require USABat approved baseball bats. However, most newly manufactured bats will seek the USABat approval. Skiles Test does require that bats are approved by at least one of the former approval agencies or USABat and meet our size requirements.
Bat regulations are in place to manage the weight, length, barrel size, and performance factor of a bat.
Youth baseball bats are targeted for children 7 and older and are typically available in lengths ranging from 27" to 32". Skiles Test does not allow bats 33" or longer. Baseball bats less than 27" are available and are marketed as T-Ball bats for children 6 and younger.
The new bat standard also makes the "big barrel" 2 5/8" barrel bat more common and many leagues now accept this larger barrel size bat. Skiles Test will NOT adjust to this new standard, prefering our previous requirements, and NOT allow any bat for the 2018 season with a barrel larger than 2 1/4". All bats used in previous seasons at Skiles Test should already accomidate that requirement.
When purchasing a new bat, please ensure that the new bat has a 2 1/4" barrel size. Bat manufacturers such as Demarini & Louisville Slugger are not producing 2018 model year youth sized bats with 2 1/4" barrels, but bats from previous model years may still be available.
Available USABat Models
This is a listing of new youth bats manufacturerd in 2018 that are approved by USABat and approved for use at Skiles Test. Other bats may be available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for approval. Additional bats manufactured in 2017 and earlier are also accepted but not listed. Please have your bat approved prior to removing packaging and before use to ensure you can return your purchase.
* Note that each brand produces variations of each model. Only the model that meets the size specifications listed are approved.
Available Non-USABat Models
Previous season bats that are not USBat approved but may still be approved for use at Skiles Test are available through various online resellers.
Just Bats: Listing Baseball bats with 2 1/4" barrel
Play It Again Sports: Sporting good reseller selling new and used items