2018 New 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 minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be YBBCOR certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league play. Minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.
Due to numerous requests from next year’s 12u teams, SIYB has decided that the 12u league will be exempt from this new rule and will be allowed to use the 2017 bats.
SIYB will still be using the 2017 bat standards for all three of its tournaments: Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day Super Bash, and Best in the Northwest.
Starting in 2019, the entire league will be following the 2018 bat standards.