CLICK THE BATS AND GO TO SECTION 8 FOR THE OFFICIAL PONY RULE 

 

USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARD

 

In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" barrel bats with a minus factor of (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.

Tee ball bats are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat program. However, to be approved for play, tee ball bats must carry the USA Baseball mark accompanied by the following text: "Only For Use With Approved Tee Ball Bats." If you already have a tee ball bat you would like to continue using, all you have to do is purchase a USA Bat sticker directly from USA Baseball and place it on your bat. You can purchase a USA Bat sticker, click here. Tee ball bats manufactured after the new rule was adopted will already include the USABat Baseball mark.

The new USABat certified bats bearing the USABat licensing mark are expected to be offered in retail stores September 1, 2017.

To find out more about the USABat standard click here.

To find PONY's official approved bat list, which is in accordance with USABat, click here.   


 Curent PONY Bat Rule Summary 

Any bat 2 3/4" diameter is NOT allowed in any PONY Division
 
No bat shall be used if dented, cracked, modified, or misshaped and must not exceed the 42" limit
 
Acceptable bat materials include wood, metal, graphite, and ceramic
 
Any bat of 2 5/8" diameter, that has a greater than (-3) bat weight-to-length differential, (e.g. -5, -7, -9) is approved for play in all PONY divisions EXCEPT Colt and Palomino
 
Any non-wood bat of 2 5/8" diameter, that has a (-3) bat weight-to-length differential, MUST be BBCOR certified .50 or less and be stamped by the manufacturer.
 
Any non-wood bat of 2 1/4" diameter MUST be stamped with a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 AND be stamped with "Approved for play in PONY Baseball"
 
Colt and Palomino players will only be allowed to use 2 5/8" -3 BBCOR certified bats