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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Effective 9/1/2019 the NCAA governing body for College Baseball will be adopting a new rule which will ban the use of any primarily white BBCOR Baseball Bats. This bat ban will not go into effect until the 2020 Fall NCAA Season and will only effect NCAA Baseball Play NOT High School or any other Leagues or Sanctions.
The Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC7 features a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, and the BBCOR certification which makes it legal for play at the high school and collegiate level.
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.
Drop 5 USSSA Baseball Bats
These bats, the heaviest in the USSSA lineup, are designed to help older travel ball players prepare for BBCOR play. For young teenagers, typically 12-14 years old, looking down the road to high school baseball tryouts, drop 5 USSSA bats are often the best fit.
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.
Unlike USA Bats, USSSA Bats tend to be heavier and therefore target players of all ages who seek the highest level of performance out of their lumber. A USSSA bat bat’s barrel must not exceed a diameter of 2.75 inches to be a certified USSSA and has the 1.15 BPF USSSA or Certified .
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.
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.
Corking a bat causes the bat to be lighter, which in turn allows the batter to swing it more quickly. However, the reduction in weight negatively affects the velocity of the ball as it leaves the bat, effectively cancelling out the advantage gained from a quicker bat speed.
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.
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.
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.
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. The issue is the velocity with which balls come off the bat, otherwise known as bat-exit speed.
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.
MLB players use wooden bats because the ball has less velocity off the bat when compared to metal bats, which protects both players and fans. Wooden bats also provide the benefits of being cost-effective, reducing bat modifications, and sticking to the tradition of using wooden bats in the MLB.
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.
White Bat Ban (NCAA only)
Also, for the 2020 season, the NCAA is no longer allowing white bats. This is a safety concern that will allow pitchers to pick up the ball earlier off the bat—assuming its coming right back at him. This white bat ban is NOT FOR HIGHSCHOOL.
The Axe handle is approved in all major, amateur, and professional leagues in baseball, fastpitch softball, and slowpitch softball. Every Axe Bat is tuned to the maximum legal performance under all new bat regulations.
Effective January 1, 2020 all 13U events and all Teams in 13U events must use a maximum of drop 8 (-8) bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF mark permanently stamped. All 14u events and all Teams in 14u events must use a maximum of drop 5 (-5) bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF mark permanently stamped.