Current News

Welcome to the new website for Dizzy Dean Baseball and Dizzy Dean Softball.

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Decertified Bats

Effective immediately, the bats depicted below have been decertified by USA Baseball and are no longer approved for play in leagues that have adopted the USABat Standard, including but not limited to the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball, NABF Baseball, and PONY Baseball.

On January 1, 2018, USA Baseball implemented the USABat Standard for non-wood youth baseball bats. Under USABat, approved bats that feature the USA Baseball mark are performance tested and required to perform at a wood-like standard. The bats listed below have been compliance tested and ruled non-compliant under the USABat Standard.

Team representatives are asked to check your team’s bats and withhold these bats from play if your team is in possession of any. League administrators are asked to share this information with your umpires. If any of these bats are attempted to be used during competition, it should be considered an illegal bat and subject to league rules regarding the use of illegal or unapproved bats.

30-Inch Easton Ghost X (-10) 2 5/8” (YBB18GX10 & LL18GHX)

The Easton Ghost X 30/20 YBB18GX10 and LL18GHX 30/20 2 5/8” has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30” (-10) length of the Ghost X YBB18GX10 and LL18GHX. All other certified lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X USABat remain approved for play. A full list of approved bats can be found at

Customer Information: Any questions regarding returns, refunds or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton via email at or at 1-844-531-7079. Any questions regarding this decertification may be directed to USA Baseball at




Dizzy Dean Baseball has adopted the USA Baseball pitch counts and rest periods for the upcoming season.
These pitch counts and rest periods are mandatory and must be strictly followed during seasonal play and during district, state, and world series play.
rule 6:03
Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder. In league play it is recommended that the team bookkeepers maintain the pitch count and sync the pitch count at the end of every inning. In tournament play it is recommended that the bookkeepers sync with the scorekeeper at the end of every inning and when a pitching change is made. The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or by any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed. The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire in chief when a pitcher has delivered his/hers maximum limit of pitches for the game. The umpire in chief will inform the pitchers manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire in chief and/or the failure of the umpire in chief to notify the manager does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove the pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.
rule 6:04Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs.

Click Here For Pitch Count Table


Changes in bat standards effective 2018
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Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. has endorsed and supports each States laws relating to Concussion training and education in youth sports.  In addition to the “Official” wording (below), a link has been placed on the Dizzy Dean National Website (left hand column of every web page) taking you to the Sadler Insurance Risk Management web page.  There, you will be able to find the law, as it is written, for your state, find information for concussion training and find information in setting up a concussion management system for your park.



 Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. strongly recommends that all teams/leagues adopt and implement a concussion risk management program that keys in on training and education for staff, parents, and players in the areas of understanding concussions and their impact on health; recognizing concussion signs and symptoms; removal from play; and return to play protocol. Such a program normally includes web video training for staff and the distribution of an information sheet each season to all staff, parents, and players.





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