Perfect Game Bat Bans 2021 Starting in 2021, Perfect game bans all the USSSA banned bats, see below, and the 2017 DeMarini CF drop 5, the 2016 USSSA CF8 line of bats (5, 8, 10), the 2015 CF7 in a drop 5 and the 2015 Eaton XL1 in a drop 5. All banned for Perfect Game starting 2021.
Definition. An illegal bat is defined as when any player bats or punches a loose ball in the field of play. This can occur anywhere on the field, including the endzones. Batted balls mostly occur during fumbles.
The penalty for the use of an altered or non-approved bat, which previously was an out on the batter, was expanded to state, “when the illegal bat is an altered or non-approved bat, the batter and the head coach are also ejected.”
—A bat that has been flattened or altered to improve performance is an illegal bat. If such an illegal bat is detected before the first pitch, the batter shall be called out and the bat shall be removed from the game.
I knew that the leagues in our area had outlawed “USSSA” bats, because they had way too much pop, and adopted the “USA” bat standard, which strove to make bats that hit like wood ones, but maintained the durability of metal bats. It was partially a safety issue.
For some undisclosed reason the Ghost X-30, only in the 30 inches with a -10 drop, has been deemed unfair by the regulatory body and thus USA Baseball has made its use illegal.
Holding the handle in, screw down the gauge until it reads 500 on the dial. Pull the handle up and if the bat reads 1460 or over it is legal and can be used. If the reading is under 1460 it is illegal and cannot be used. If close to 1460 but over, release the gauge, turn the bat one quarter of a turn and test again.
Effective September 1st, 2019, NCAA, the governing body for college baseball, adopted a rule that effectively bans the use of any primarily white BBCOR bat.
Is It Illegal? Bat rolling is not illegal. As a matter of fact, all composite bats must be rolled in testing before they are deemed legal for play. This is to make sure that as the bat gets hotter after more use, and it will not exceed the bat performance standards put in place.
A damaged bat will now be defined as a bat that was once legal, but is broken, cracked, dented, rattles or has sharp edges that might deface the ball (Rules 1-5-1, 7-4-2, 2-4-3). Previously, a damaged bat was considered an illegal bat, with the penalty being an out when the batter entered the batter’s box.
Bats that are broken, altered or that deface the ball are illegal.
Rule 6.06(d) A batter is out for illegal action when - (d) The batter enters the batter’s box with one or both feet entirely on the ground with an illegal bat (see bat specifications rule 1.10) or is discovered having used an illegal bat prior to the next player entering the batter’s box.
Porter Johnson, a physics professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, explains. In professional baseball, the bat must be made from a single solid piece of wood thus the use of corked bats during games is illegal.
And lastly, aluminum bats have a larger “sweet spot” than wooden bats do. The sweet spot is the area of the bat that causes the ball to travel the fastest and farthest. Since aluminum bats have this larger sweet spot, it is easier to hit balls that go farther and faster than it is with a wooden bat.
MLB has put a restriction to play with the metal bats, because of various concerns. Professional baseball players of both Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball can hit the ball very hard. And while doing so, it is possible that sometimes the ball might hurt opposition players or fans in the stands.
With 1.5 BPF and a larger barrel diameter, USSSA bats offer much more pop when hitting the ball, increased springiness, and thus a greater trampoline effect. According to several research testings, USSSA bats provide a 5 to 10 percent increase when it comes to how fast the ball flies and how far the batters hit it.
The difference between the two standards is actually very simple. The USSSA BPF 1.15 bats will be more lively and will, simply put, hit the ball further and the USA bats. In conclusion, USSSA bats are not permitted to be used in game play in any of the USA Baseball member organizations (Rec League).
One last thing to know about these bats is that USSSA Bats are absolutely NOT permitted for use in any USA Baseball league game play. Conversely, USA Bats can be used in USSSA tournament play, but players using USA Bats in USSSA tournaments would be sacrificing quite a bit of performance for no real benefit.
Please be aware there are two ghost bats – one is legal in USSSA but not certified by USA Softball and therefore not legal in High School or College; the other is certified by USA Softball but not USSSA so it is illegal for USSSA use but legal in High School or College.
Effective May 3rd, 2018, USA Baseball has banned the Easton Ghost X (YBB18GX10). Their ban only applies to the 30" / 20 ounce option and the leagues that are affected include AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and PONY Baseball.
And yes a shaved bat can pass a compression test.
If it weighs less than its stated weight, then it’s likely been shaved. Also, more experienced umpires and coaches can tell that the bat has been altered by the sound it makes when hitting a ball.
Bat Rules for High School Baseball
Requires all non-wood bats to have a silk-screened mark with the letters “BBCOR.” Means many two-piece bats will be illegal.
Aluminum bats are used in college, high school and little league ball, but they’re illegal in the major leagues where hitters must use wooden bats. The issue is the velocity with which balls come off the bat, otherwise known as bat-exit speed.
Various organizations are banning the use of what are known as composite bats. The reason is, and I’m paraphrasing, is that they feel like it would be safer for fielders, and truer to the spirit of the game, if the batter instead fired a . 357 Magnum in their direction.