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USA Bat Reviews | 2019 & 2018 Little League Bats

USA Bat Reviews | 2019 & 2018 Little League Bats

2019 USA Bats

2019 USA Bat Reviews

Every 2019 USA Bat is released and been reviewed on this site. Our reviews include independent hitter’s feedback as well as objective barrel size, exit speed and swing weight measurements.

We have hit with every 2019 USA Bat (and 2018 for that matter). We then take many measurements including exit speeds and barrel sizes. Then we write a review which you can find, and sort, below. As well, you should see our Best USA Bats write up.

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Easton ADV 360

2020 Easton ADV 360 Review
2020 USA ADV 360 Review

After hitting with the 2020 Easton ADV 360, comparing it with the 2019… Full Review

Last Updated: August 21, 2019

Louisville Slugger Solo

2020 Louisville Slugger Solo Review
2020 USA Solo Review

Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Solo review comprises the USA, USSSA and B… Full Review

Last Updated: August 21, 2019

Rawlings VELO ACP

2020 Rawlings VELO ACP Review
2020 USA VELO ACP Review

The Rawlings Velo is as iconic as any bat in the non-wood bat space. I… Full Review

Last Updated: August 20, 2019

Rawlings Quatro Pro

2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro Review
2020 USA Quatro Pro Review

We can't believe this will be Rawling's 4th year of the Quatro. This e… Full Review

Last Updated: August 20, 2019

Easton Fuze 360

2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review
2020 USA Fuze 360 Review

There are a lot of changes for Easton's 2020 Fuze 360. For starters, t… Full Review

Last Updated: August 17, 2019

DeMarini CF

2020 DeMarini CF Review
2020 USA CF Review

The 2020 DeMarini CF review comes on the heels of hours of testing and… Full Review

Last Updated: August 14, 2019

Louisville Slugger Omaha

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review
2020 USA Omaha Review

With the exception of a swing weight increase on the 33 and 34-inch BB… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Easton Ghost X Evolution

2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Review
2019 USA Ghost X Evolution Review

The 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution (Evo) is the next generation of East… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Rawlings Quatro PRO

2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro Review
2019 USA Quatro PRO Review

Rawlings looks to improve upon the durability of their flagship bat wi… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Anderson Techzilla S-Series

2018 Anderson Techzilla S-Series USA Bat Review
2018 USA Techzilla S-Series Review

We spent several hours using the 2018 Anderson Techzilla S-Series bat … Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Louisville Slugger 919 Prime

2019 Louisville Slugger 919 Prime Review
2019 USA 919 Prime Review

After hitting with the 919 Prime from Slugger in four games and severa… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Mizuno Ghost

2018 Mizuno Ghost Review
2018 USA Ghost Review

Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Rawlings Prodigy

2018 Rawlings Prodigy USA Bat Review
2018 USA Prodigy Review

Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Mizuno Covert

2018 Mizuno Covert Review | BBCOR Options
2018 USA Covert Review

The 2018 Mizuno Covert is a two piece hybrid bat in its third year of … Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Axe Element

2018 Axe Element Review
2018 USA Element Review

Axe's entry level performance bat in 2018 is the Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Dirty South Made

2018 Dirty South Made USA Bat Review
2018 USA Made Review

Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Easton Ghost X

2018 Easton Ghost X Review
2018 USA Ghost X Review

Easton's flagship baseball bat line for 2018 is the Easton Ghost X. Th… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Easton Beast X Hybrid

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid Review
2018 USA Beast X Hybrid Review

Easton continues their two piece hybrid design for the 2018 class in a… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Rawlings 5150

2018 Rawlings 5150 Review
2018 USA 5150 Review

The 2018 Rawlings 5150 is a classically designed single piece aluminum… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

Louisville Slugger 718 Select

2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Select Review
2018 USA 718 Select Review

The 718 from Slugger is a remarkably endloaded two piece hybird bat bu… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

DeMarini CF Zen

2018 DeMarini CF Zen Review
2018 USA CF Zen Review

DeMarini's CF line of baseball bats are, arguably, the most popular ba… Full Review

Last Updated: August 7, 2019
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2018 USA Bats

At the release of the USA Bat standard in late 2017, many wondered how they compared to USSSA bats. In short, not too well. There is a considerable and noticeable difference between the two standards. Although actual results vary, the idea of a 30 feet difference is not unreasonable.

USA Bat Standard

As you know, starting in 2018, USABat bat standards are required in several leagues. This standard replaces the 1.15 BPF 2 1/4 youth barrel bat. The new USABat standard dampens the pop of bats to perform more like BBCOR. However, barrels on USABats will be allowed a wider diameter (up from 2 1/4 to 2 5/8). This change, as well as the age change in Little League, creates the biggest bat adjustment in amateur baseball ever.

What USA Bat Review Are You Looking For?

You can sort every little league approved bat by popularity, brand and user rating. These are 2018 USABats. Looking for advice on how to find the best USA Bat??

FAQ USA Bats

Will my 1.15 BPF USSSA Bat still be legal?

The answer depends on what league you play in. Only some leagues are adopting the new standard and you’ll need to find out from them. Little League, Cal Ripken, PONY and a few other bat leagues are following the new standard. USSSA and a lot of national travel ball leagues are staying with the 1.15 BPF big barrel bat standard from year’s past.

Do I need a new USA Bat?

Several have wondered what leagues are effected by USABats. The chart below helps to clear up much of those problems. Leagues affiliated with Little League are more than likely going to the new USABat standard. That includes places like Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Dixie Youth or Pony. Other leagues, like USSSA Baseball and major travel ball leagues are tending to stay with the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamped bats.
In short, it depends.

You will not need to buy a USAbat if you…
 Are at least 12 years old at the moment (2016)*
 Don’t play in the leagues whose national affiliate requires AND the local league enforces the new standard.

It is possible you will never be in a league where USAbats are required. The standard will be implemented while you may be going into 14 year old baseball (2018) and most 14 year old baseball is BBCOR. BBCOR is not being replaced by USAbats.

The National Affiliations are: American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

It is possible many local leagues will not enforce the bat rules until a later date than January 2018. This will give many of those BPF 1.15 bats a chance to live their useful life.

You will need to buy a USAbat if you…
 Are still young enough to play in the Little League World Series for 2018
 Play in a league that is affiliated with a USABats national association AND the local league enforces the rules on day one.

NOTE: Many local leagues have a lot of liberty in terms of what rules they enforce. If you want to play in the national or state tournaments sponsored by these associations, then you will need the new USAbat starting 1/1/2018.

Video: Do I need a new USA Bat?

https://youtu.be/7HA75fDsNTs

Do USA Bats have less pop?

Compared to previous year’s BPF 1.15 youth Little League bats (also known as skinny barrels), the USA Bats will have less pop.
However, compared to BBCOR and wood bats USA Bats have at least as much trampoline effect.

Are wood bats legal in USA Leagues?

Single piece wood bats are legal in USA bat leagues. However, those made of multiple pieces of wood (often called composite wood bats) are not automatically legal and will need the USA Bat stamp. As well, Bamboo is not considered a wood bat (as it is grass) and is therefore not legal.
See our full article on wood usa bats.

What is the best USA Bat with the most Pop?

Pop are power can be a relative experience depending on the type of hitter. And the discussion about the best USA Baseball bat is a long one with a lot of factors to consider including price, size, league and so on. We discuss all these factors in our best usa baseball bats article.

Should I get a wood bat for my USA Bat?

The argument, pushed by wood bat companies and wood bat reps, is that the restrictions put on USA Bats make them so similar to wood that they should just buy a wood bat instead. (We cover much of this answer in our USA vs Wood article).

Under nearly any circumstance we think this a mistake. Barrel size, swing weight and durability are just a few serious factors that benefit composite and alloy bats. It would be a rare situation where a USA Bat player would do better, or even as good, with a wood bat.

We do like the idea, and encourage our players, to have wood bats in their bag for BP and winter workouts as well as the occasional at bat that means less. But, serious players in serious leagues will rightfully be using composite and aluminum wood bats, for much the same reasons elite college players still use aluminum and composite BBCOR bats, in their USA Bat leagues.

What are the best cheap USA Bats?

We spend an entire article discussing the best cheap USA Bats.

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