LBA follows the Metro Baseball League (MBL) bat rules.
Please click on the following link to view all the MBL rules by player's age.
Potential changes to age cutoffs and bat rules for 2018:
I have heard some grumblings about potential changes to age cutoffs and bat rules for 2018. This is what is known right now.
Age cutoffs WILL NOT CHANGE NEXT YEAR. I think the source of these rumors is a press release by Little League Baseball announcing they are changing age cutoffs to align them to the calendar year. We do not follow the lead of Little League. We generally follow the lead of USA Baseball which has NOT made a similar announcement. Bottom line is we are not expecting any changes to the age cutoffs for traveling baseball levels next year.
The bat standard IS changing in 2018. This means that ALL bats currently being used will not be usable next season. Starting 1/1/2018 all bats used for MBL/MBT play will require a USABat stamp from USA Baseball. The focus here is to make the composite and metal bats behave as close to wood bats as possible. Expect bats with the USABat stamp to hit the market this fall. Current bats are fine for the remainder of 2017.