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Deep Creek Softball & Baseball

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2018 Age and Bat Changes

PONY Baseball is changing some rules effective the Spring 2018 season.

AGE
Rules 4 E and T 2 D – Change Birth Date to August 31 (from April 30).


Why - the age cut-off will be pushed back to August to better align with school cut-off ages. This also aligns with the Little League age cut-off.


DCBA Impact - Some current DCBA players might lose a year in a division in 2018 and have to skip to the next higher division. Players born May 1 to August 31 will be affected. For example, some first-year Rookie players (under the April 30 cut-off) in Spring 2017, would be a first year Minor player in Spring 2018 under the new August 31 cut-off.


BATS
Rule 8 C 3 – 2 5/8 Bats
Effective January 1, 2018, all other minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.) must be YBBCOR Certified (USA Bat Licensing Stamp on bat). 


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Why:  Safety. USA Baseball's national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. These bats are made to mimic wood bats, lessening the "pop" factor and thus, reducing the potential injuries from hard hit balls, especially come-backers to pitchers. 


DCBA Impact - All players will have to use YBBCOR or BBCOR stamped bats for tournament play starting in 2018.. Bat manufacturers should start making these bats available in September 2017. Non-YBBCOR and non-BBCOR stamped bats will NOT be permitted in DCBA league play starting on January 1, 2019.

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Deep Creek Baseball Association

PO Box 6477 
Chesapeake, Virginia 23323

Phone: 757-632-7998
Email: [email protected]

Deep Creek Baseball Association

PO Box 6477 
Chesapeake, Virginia 23323

Phone: 757-632-7998
Email: [email protected]
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