As we begin the Little League season, Just wanted to remind everyone about helmet modifications such as C-Flaps still require a letter from the manufacturer that the helmet add-on such as a C-Flap does not void their warranty. A C-Flap is added to the helmet by drilling holes into the helmet. Helmet manufactures are now selling jaw extension for their own helmets. These jaw extension along with a cage/face mask are approved for Little League play. No holes are drilled in the shell and no adhesives are used, which will void the manufacturer warranty.
The batting helmets must be affixed with the NOCSAE symbol, be free of cracks or other visible damage, and all of the internal padding must not be missing, tattered, torn or frayed. No stickers are permitted on the helmets, unless there is a letter of certification from the helmet manufacturer affirming the stickers are permitted to be affixed to the helmet.
The following link from Little League can be used as a reference:
Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. Be aware that this new bat standard effects Little League Baseball only. There are no changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball®.
Starting on January 1, 2018, all bats must be marked with the USABat label in order to be used in Little League Baseball® which are listed at the link below, question#8.
It is anticipated that bats meeting this new standard will be available in September of 2017. Please be careful when purchasing any new equipment for your son or daughter. More information can be found about bat and barrel specifications at: