Little League adopted a rule change starting in 2016 that changed the date of birth for a player from April 30 to August 31. While Little League adopted the rule early, other Leagues have followed suit. Starting in 2018 PONY baseball will implement the change. However, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, USSSA, and AABC will not make the age change.
The birthday age cutoff is important to know, notably since 2018 marks the start of the required USA Baseball stamp bats. JustBats.com has provided some resources to help if you have questions regarding the cutoff age dates.
In September 2015, Little League announced the age determination date change. Besides changing the baseball age cutoff date from April 30 to August 31, the rule also prevents anyone who turns 13 during the baseball season from playing in the major division of Little League baseball. The current birthdate cutoff of April 30 remains in effect through 2017 for players born on or before August 13, 2005.
So, for the 2018 baseball season, Little League and PONY will follow this age chart to determine the age cutoff date for baseball division only:
For the 2019 season, Little League's age chart will be the following (again, for baseball division only):
- In 2018, this new rule will not apply to 12U. Those born May 1 - August 31, 2005 can still play 12U baseball.
- The rule makes it so that no one playing in the Little League World Series or Little League sponsored baseball tournaments are 13 years old in 12U tournaments.
- This youth baseball rule only affects Little League and Pony. It does not affect Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, or USSSA. Those are all still April 30 cutoff dates.
- 2018 also marks the beginning of the new youth baseball bat standard (USABat).
The age cutoff change is not the only change Little League is making for 2018. Make sure you're up-to-date on the USABat Standard and everything it entails.
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