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New Bat Standards - Simplified April 7, 2011

 Right now there are many changes going on in bats with regard to what is legal and what is not.  Some performance standards have changed, and restrictions have been placed on composite barrels in certain situations.

So let’s sort it out!  Here is a summary of the major changes that have taken place over the last few months.  As things change we will update this summary.

Adult Baseball (high school and college)

Old Standard: BESR

New Standard: BBCOR

       NCAA in 2011

       NFHS in 2012

Composite restrictions?  Yes.  All composite bats must pass “ABI – Accelerated Break-in Test”.  Further, the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) has banned composite bats in 2011, although some bats have been re-approved if they pass ABI.

Comments:

       There is a substantial downgrade in barrel performance from BESR to BBCOR.  This will apply to all bats across the industry.

       ABI (“Accelerated Break-in Test”) is a test performed on bats to simulate heavy use. Composite bats often perform better the more you use them, so when combined with the BBCOR, the ABI ensures that even with heavy usage, composite bats perform similar to wood bats.1

       All Baden adult baseball bats will be BBCOR approved and have alloy barrels, so they are not subject to ABI.

Senior Youth Baseball

Old Standard: 1.15 BPF

New Standard: No change

Composite restrictions?  Yes.  In Senior Little League beginning this year, composite bats are banned unless they receive a waiver by passing ABI along with 1.15 BPF.

Comments:

       The 1.15 BPF standard has been in place in several organizations for some time.  However, the USSSA and other organizations have expressed a renewed commitment to enforcing this standard going forward.  For instance, the USSSA has a new stamp that will appear on approved 1.15 BPF bats.

       All Baden senior youth bats are 1.15 BPF approved and have alloy barrels, so they are not subject to ABI.

Youth Baseball

Old Standard: 1.15 BPF

New Standard: No change

Composite restrictions?  Yes.  In Little League beginning this year, composite bats are banned unless they receive a waiver by passing ABI along with 1.15 BPF.

Comments:

       All Baden youth bats are 1.15 BPF approved and have alloy barrels, so they are not subject to ABI.

Softball

Old Standard:

·       ASA: 98 MPH

·       ISA, NSA, USSSA: 1.20 BPF

·       ISF: 100 MPH

New Standard: No change

Composite restrictions?  No

 

1               Source: http://baseballexpress.wordpress.com/ncaa-bat-ban/