5 Best Illegal Bats Of All-Time- DeMarini CF Zen.
Bat-Exit Speed Standards
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.
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.
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.
It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part.
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.
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.
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.
Bats must not be more than 2.61-inches in diameter and cannot be more than 42-inches in length from the bottom of the handle to the end cap of the bat.
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.
4 Is bat shaving illegal? Bat shaving is illegal in all baseball and softball associations. They all consider this to be altering a bat. The reason for this is once a bat is shaved the associations’ distance restrictions on bats is no longer within limits.
Bat shaving is the thinning of a barrel’s width from the inside. This process artificially increases the bat’s trampoline effect. It also lowers the bat’s swing weight. Shaving a bat requires the removal of an end cap where a type of lathe then removes shavings on the bat’s inner diameter.
It’s often said that a properly rolled bat can’t be detected. Those who are in the business of rolling bats often advertise their services this way, guaranteeing that no umpire will be able to tell that your bat has been altered.
A heavier bat will hit a ball farther than a lighter bat, when the speed of the bat swing, the pitch speed and the ball mass are kept constant. Increasing the mass of the bat gives the ball more momentum.
The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).
Senior League (Ages 13-16)
The bats cannot exceed 36-inches in length, must not have a barrel diameter larger than 2 5/8-inches, and must have a length to weight ratio of drop 3 (-3).
USSSA youth baseball will NOT be implementing this rule change to the bats. So if you are 14 years old or younger and you play on some travel ball teams, or are playing in a tournament governed by USSSA, you can continue to use the bats marked with the 1.15BPF stamp indefinitely.
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.
Bats that are damaged in any way, including but not limited to cracked, warped, missing a knob/cap, having a rattle, etc. are not legal for Perfect Game sanctioned events. Bats may not have any certifying markings or graphics worn off the bat.
Freshmen/Sophmore High School players: 31 and 32 ich are the most popular • Junior/Senior in High School players: 32 and 33 inch are the most popular • College Players: 33 is the most popular size. Age 14 to 16, drop 10 • Age 16 and up, Drop 8oz to 10oz.
Due to the exceptional hand-eye coordination and bat speed of hitters, MLB does not use aluminum bats to hit. If a professional baseball player were using an aluminum bat to hit with their tremendous swing speed, they would hit the ball even harder and further than they do already.
Wooden, metal, graphite or ceramic bats manufactured for baseball play, which are round and not more than two and five eighths inches in diameter at the thickest part, not more than 42 inches in length, are acceptable. No bat shall be used if dented, cracked, modified or misshaped.
Like those in Little League, Amateur players are not allowed to use pine tar at all, but the high school and college-level games do allow pine tar for batters in the same way that Major League Baseball does.
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.