DURHAM, N.C. – After years of effort, USA Baseball, in conjunction with participating national member organizations, announced on Friday the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats.
As the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, USA Baseball concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.
Diamond Kinetics’ Technical Advisor, Dr. Alan Nathan, Ph.D., was one of three scientists hand-picked by the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee to conduct the research and inform USA Baseball of their findings.
Developing performance standard for youth bats was much harder than for NCAA due to broad range of lengths and weights. (1/2)
— Alan Nathan (@pobguy) August 8, 2015
It took longer than I expected to come up with youth bat performance standards, but I am very confident we got it right. @USABaseball
— Alan Nathan (@pobguy) August 7, 2015
Dr. Dan Russell, Ph.D., Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University and Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D., Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute also worked in conjunction with Dr. Nathan on this project.
According to USA Baseball, the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.
“USA Baseball is pleased, with the support of our participating national member organizations, to announce the USABat standard,” said USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. “Beginning with the launch in 2018, we will take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game.”