Following last fall’s moratorium on composite-barreled bats in its 13-15 and 16-18 divisions, the Babe Ruth League has now banned composite-barreled bats in all of its baseball divisions, including Cal Ripken.
The league announced the decision late last week.
In a prepared release, Babe Ruth President and CEO Steven M. Tellefsen said the league based its decision to ban composite-barreled bats on research from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The university’s research showed that, through normal usage and/or tampering, composite-barreled youth bats can fall outside of the league’s bat performance standards.
“While we are certainly aware of the timing of this announcement, Babe Ruth League must act in the best interest of the young people we serve,” Tellefsen said. “The decision is based on the fact that scientific research showed that composite-barreled bats may exceed the performance standard after being broken in.”
Babe Ruth has released a list of bats that will be allowed in Cal Ripken play. That list is available here.
Like other composite bans announced in baseball leagues over the past few years, this ban only applies to bats with composite barrels. Bats with composite handles or tapers will be allowed, as long as the barrel is aluminum, an alloy or wood.
USSSA: No immediate ban on composite bats in u14
In a decision announced on Jan. 10, USSSA has said that it will not enforce an immediate ban on composite-barreled baseball bats in its 14-and-under divisions.
“While other sanctioning bodies have chosen to ban older composite bats, USSSA has determined that it would be grossly unfair to disallow a bat with no notice to the retailers, manufacturers and customers who had previously relied on USSSA rules in the sale or purchase of a bat,” the organization said in a statement.
Instead, the organization will roll out a new mark for approved bats in the fall of this year, and it will go into effect in 2012. To receive the organization’s new stamp, bats must stay within the USSSA’s performance standard after a thorough break-in process.
You can view the entire announcement here.
The USSSA’s 15-and-older divisions follow NFHS regulations, so composite barreled bats will be banned in those leagues.