Yer' Out! Easton Ghost X 30/20 Bat Decertified

Updated Sunday May 6, 2018 by SLL.

USA Baseball today decertified the 30/20 Easton Ghost X bat. The 30-inch, drop 10 Ghost X is no longer an approved bat for use in Little League under the new USA Bat Standard. Please know that this announcement only applies to the 30 inch, drop 10 Ghost X model, according to Little League International. All other certified lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X USA Bat remain approved for play. No reason has been provided thus far for the decertification.

Please know that this decision was not made by Smithfield Little League, rather USA Baseball.

If you purchased the bat, please read a press release issued by Easton at the end of this message that includes information with regard to a $500 voucher.

Umpires have been informed of this announcement and will check bats during Saturday’s and future games to ensure that teams are in compliance with this new bat regulation. For more information, click here
 

The following is a press release issued late Thursday night by Easton.

EASTON GHOST X 30/20 2-5/8 DECERTIFIED FOR USE BY USA BASEBALL

Thousand Oaks, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – Easton regrets to inform you that the Easton Ghost X, 30” -10 USA Baseball bat (model #’s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model) is no longer certified or approved by USA Baseball.  Easton acknowledges full responsibility for this situation, and we seek to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

Please visit our website, http://news.easton.com/ to learn more about our efforts to deal with this decertification and your rights as a consumer.

If you purchased one of these bats, you can return it to us.  We will provide you a mailing label that you can use to return your bat to us, at our cost.  Upon receiving your bat, we will send you a $500 electronic voucher that you may use on easton.com.  You may use this voucher to purchase another bat, or any other Easton products available at easton.com, with free shipping.  To return your bat and receive your voucher, please call us at 1-844-531-7079, or email us at ghostreturn@easton.com.

Please understand that is a decertification of the 30” size only, and that there are no structural problems or other defects with this bat.  All other certified lengths & drop weights of the Easton Ghost X USA bat remain approved for play.

If you decide to keep your bat to use for other non-USA Baseball leagues, we are required to send you a permanent, non-removable sticker that you can use to cover the USA Baseball certification stamp.  Please contact Easton at 1-844-531-7079, or email us at ghostreturn@easton.com, and we will send you this sticker with instructions on how to apply it. 

Additional information may be found at USA Baseball’s USABat Youth Bat Standard website, https://usabat.com/decertified-bats/

LATEST NEWS FROM LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL AS OF MAY 5, 2018

Dear Little League Parents and Volunteers,

Receiving a notice that a bat has been decertified, especially in the middle of the season, is challenging, inconvenient, and disappointing for everyone. On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed Little League and other youth organizations about the decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8. We are committed to sharing that information with all of you as soon as we received it. According to the official notice from USA Baseball, "official compliance testing determined that the Ghost X 30/20 exceeds the performance limit set by the USABat Standard. Per the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Test Protocol as well as (USA Baseball's) contracts with Easton, these results constitute a non-compliant bat that must be decertified."

For any family or league that is impacted by USA Baseball's decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8, we strongly urge you to read Easton's release, which includes information about how to return your bat to receive a $500 voucher for Easton.com.

How Certification and Decertification Works

For the USABat Standard, bat manufacturers are required by USA Baseball to have their bats certified by following the protocols set out by the standard. Once a bat is certified, additional compliance testing is done to make sure that the bats remain complaint with that standard. Little League® International has no role in bat testing or compliance testing.

Once a bat that is currently in the marketplace and available for purchase fails to meet the performance standard, it is decertified, and pursuant to Rule 1.10, is an illegal bat.

What Little League® Parents and Volunteers Need to Know

Little League does not decide whether a bat meets, doesn't meet, or no longer meets the performance standard. Bats used for Little League play in all divisions must remain compliant to the applicable bat standards, as explained in the current year's rulebook (Rule 1.10).

Through LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, as well as Little League's social media and email efforts, we are committed to sharing any information about the decertification of bats as soon as possible, so that all our families and volunteers know which bats are permitted and which bats that may have already been sold are no longer approved for play.

What are the Standards?

There are three bat performance standards that Little League International uses for its various divisions of play:

BASEBALL:

USABat: Overseen by USA Baseball and used by most youth baseball organizations, USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball, Coach/Machine Pitch, Minor League, and Major League (Little League) divisions. USABat Standard or BBCOR bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division. USA Baseball reserves the right to select any USABat product for compliance testing. At that time, the bat is sent to Washington State University for additional testing. If the bat is found to be out of compliance with the standards set forth in the USA Baseball Performance Test Protocol, the bat becomes decertified.

BBCOR: BBCOR-approved bats must be used in the Senior League Baseball Division. Either BBCOR or USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division.

SOFTBALL:

BPF: For all divisions of Little League Softball®, all non-wood bats must be printed with a BPF of 1.20.


Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we strongly encourage you to visit LittleLeague.org/BatInfofor complete information about how bat standards impact all divisions of Little League and resources on which bats are approved for Little League use. For all information pertaining to the USABat Standard, visit USABat.com.

For those parents and leagues who purchased the Easton Ghost X, 30" -10 USA Baseball bat (model #'s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model), we, again, encourage you to read Easton's release and contact them as soon as possible at 1-844-531-7079, or ghostreturn@easton.com, to return your bat and receive your $500 electronic voucher.

Sincerely,

Patrick Wilson

Patrick W. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Little League Baseball and Softball