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New bat standard changes baseball speed

New bat standard changes baseball speed

For the past several years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has noticed a rise in home runs and runs scored with collegiate, high school and youth baseball leagues. This rise has been attributed to the use of non-wood bats, such as composite bats whose performances improve with use, and has led the NCAA to adjust its bat standards.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, is the NCAA’s new Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) standard, which will eliminate discrepancies with bat lengths and provide a more direct measure of bat performance.

The NCAA’s goal behind the BBCOR standard is twofold: to improve safety for pitchers and for non-wood bats to perform similarly to wood bats, which don’t have a trampoline effect for greater speed and distance unlike non-wood baseball bats. And according to the NCAA, wood and non-wood bats that are BBCOR certified will produce the same batted-ball speeds and therefore BBCOR bats are approved for the 2011 and 2012 American Legion Baseabll season.

But the question remaining is how the new bat regulations will affect American Legion Baseball where composite and aluminum bats are prevalent.

For the 2011 season, Legion Baseball teams will adhere to the previous NCAA bat standard, Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR). Thus, all bats that have aluminum barrel and pass the BESR test will be allowed on the playing field. The American Legion has placed a moratorium on BESR composite bats, including composite handle bats for the 2011 season.  

However, as of 2012, American Legion Baseball will adopt the BBCOR standard to adhere to the National Federation of High School rules and NCAA rules. BESR bats will be banned and BBCOR certified bats will be incorporated with a logo to help umpires and coaches identify approved bats.

In the meantime, baseball bat companies are scrambling to meet the requirements of the new BBCOR standard, while many $400 composite and aluminum bats that will not meet the new regulations sit in stores untouched.

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jquinlan

July 31, 2011 - 5:52pm

This is it: the next step in hybrid technology from Louisville Slugger/TPX. The H2™ combines a stiff 3X composite handle with an ST+20 alloy barrel for unmatched performance and lasting durability.

dmurley

July 25, 2011 - 7:00pm

Someone PLEASE tell me....Is the Louisville Slugger TPX H2 Hybrid with the "BESR Certified" seal (a black/blue/white design) Is this a LEGAL BAT to use in a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP tournament?? Somewhere someone HAS to HAVE a clear and accurate answer to this question. First I've heard YES..it is...and then I heard that the rule changed in June 2011 and because the handle is composite..it is now NOT legal. If that is the case..then umpires and people in charge of Legion STATE tournaments NEED TO KNOW THE BAT RULES. IF that bat is illegal then it cost us a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP..because the team that won was was using two of those bats the entire 3 games that we played them. HELP...I NEED ANSWERS PLEASE.

JD Farmer

June 17, 2011 - 8:50am

It seems that the ExoGrid's cause the most confusion.

adriennekingery

June 16, 2011 - 9:13am

I got a phone call on 6-15-2011 informing me that now all BESR EXO Grid bats are not legal. Why couldn't the Legion Board been more prepared for this bat rule change before the season started. Now I am down to 2 bats in the middle of my season and have to scamble to find legal bats. I realy think the Legion Board dropped the ball on this one! Here is what I know now: All BBCOR bats are Legal for 2011 Season, They do make a full composite BBCOR bat,the Omen, They do make a composite handle BBCOR and these are legal as long as they have the BBCOR stamp Per Jim Quinlan. All BESR that are one piece Aluminum are legal exept all EXO Grids of any make, for the 2011 season. Any 2 piece BESR Bat with a composite handle is illegal for the 2011 AML Season. The Legion Board needs to publish a list of legal bats and clarification on the rule so ALL coaches/umpires have it in there hands and understand it.

billsully19

June 9, 2011 - 1:33pm

That is my understanding that all BESR bats that have any Composite in them are Illegal for AML play this year. We have gone out as a team and bought a 1 piece all Alluminum BESR Bat, These are being clearanced out at under $100.00 at most national sporting goods stores and we also have bought 2 BBCOR (New NCAA Standard) Bats that are good for use in AML Play this year and Beyond. This new rule has brought a lot of controversy to the game this year. What we do is basically the Managers look at all bats prior to the game and certify which bats can be used in the game. Our umpires are NFHS Umpires and they do not ubnderstand the rule. They are using their list of approved BESR bats that they received for the H.S. Season and 90% of those bats on that list are illegal for AML Play. Hope that helps

Bob Brown

June 8, 2011 - 8:20am

My son uses a BESR certifies DeMarini Vexxum -3 bat. The umpires did not allow him to use it in last night's game so he had to use a wood bat. After reading the rules it sounded like the rule was to ban non BESR certified full composite bats. Can you clarify if all composite handled BESR certified bats are banned under the latest Legion standard? Thanks, Bob Brown

john.lambert.ii

June 6, 2011 - 3:37pm

Is there a list of allowed bats on the American Legion site that everyone has access to? I am rebuilding the Legion team here in my town and myself and the players need to know what bats are allowed and which ones are not. All of this back and forth on the bats is really starting to get annoying. Can we please get a list of allowed bats. Thank you. John Lambert.

billsully19

June 4, 2011 - 7:32am

The DeMarini CF4 bat is Illegal for Legion play as it has a composite handle and this is banned for 2011, this is a BESR Certified bat. The only Composite handle bats that are alloed are those that have the BBCOR Rating. Here is the rule for 2011 (For the 2011 season, Legion Baseball teams will adhere to the previous NCAA bat standard, Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR). Thus, all bats that have aluminum barrel and pass the BESR test will be allowed on the playing field. The American Legion has placed a moratorium on BESR composite bats, including composite handle bats for the 2011 season.) We ran into a huge problem with our first tournament with the new bat restrictions this is going to be a nightmare throughout the season. The only safe bats are BESR 1 piece Aluminum Alloy or any BBCOR certified Bat. All of the DeMarini, Easton, TPX, Rawlings 2 Piece Bats with the BESR Ratings that were good for the 2011 High School Season are Illegal.

sweetnesssauce

June 2, 2011 - 1:36pm

I own a Demarini cf4. It is a half&half baseball bat which means it is composite with alloy inserts or alloy with composite inserts. The head umpire has cleared the bat for play because he says that nowhere in the rule change does it say that half&half bats are illegal. I just want to know for sure if it is actually legal or not once states rolls around for my team. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

billsully19

May 31, 2011 - 4:49pm

All BBCOR bats are Legal for 2011 Season, The do not make a full composite BBCOR bat yet, The do make a composite handle BBCOR and these are legal as long as they have the BBCOR stamp Per Jim Quinlan. All BESR that are one piece Aluminum are legal for the 2011 season. Any 2 piece BESR Bat with a composite handle is illegal for the 2011 AML Season. Hope this answers your question.

kbyron

May 30, 2011 - 1:43am

Has anybody gotten a definitive ruling on this? The rule seems pretty clear that BBCOR composites are illegal in 2011. However, it makes zero sense that they would be illegal in 2011, and then legal in 2012 - especially when players can use BESR aluminum bats in 2011. They have to allow all BBCOR bats in play. All of the NFHS rule changes have been onerous enough. We do not need this. Any assistance that anybody could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks.

heartsaver222

May 26, 2011 - 12:34pm

First, the AML puts out their new rule book and states one thing, now as the season is starting we're changing it so that the kids who've played with bats all HS season have to go get new one? REALLY???? Come on, kids are going elsewhere to play baseball now as it is, now you make parents go buy $200.00 bats for two months? Come on AML, just get in line with what EVERYONE else is doing. The people making the rules need to "get up to speed" and align themselves with the NCAA and the NFHS who have spent a lot of time and energy to make sure these bats are safe and equal. STOP trying to reinvent the wheel.....

chip002100

May 25, 2011 - 9:32am

Why can't the AML adopt the NFHS rules today and not wait until next year? NFHS has already conducted a study and banned full composite bats. (See NFHS website - search for "Bats" and you will see the article) The NFHS pulled back their ban slightly to allow for composite handles because of the cost that all kids had already incured. I suggest that for this season the AML adopt the NFHS composite bat exception list. I can't ask my Seniors, most of which will not be playing in college, to spend $180 bucks on a new bat for two months of summer baseball.

billsully19

May 24, 2011 - 1:11pm

Does the American legion know that they have allowed us the Option of selecting a total of 4 bats? * Easton Reflex * TPX Omaha * Rawling 5150 Alloy * DeMarini M2M Not a lot of Quality Bats to Choose from. Now they have added a cost to the teams as, I can not go and tell my players that the bat that they used for the H.S. season is no good for the American Legion Season and go out and buy 1 of the 4 choices above or try to Find a BBCOR bat and but this. I completely agree with the ban on the Composite Barrel bats, but to also include the Composite Handle is rediculouis. You hae just hindered every team. Maybe the American legion should have just banned all non Wood bats. It would have been a lot cheaper for this. The Legion baseball Committie needs to get up to speed with ehat is going on at the H.S Level as this is were the majority of the players come from.

bertolotti5

May 19, 2011 - 2:01pm

We heard at our last monthly meeting with NORCO Legion in Lehigh Valley PA that the Legion has now banned ANY bat with ANY composite materials other than BBCOR for this coming season...which starts in like 2 weeks! Is that the understanding of all the leagues in the country? We have HS players who have BESR aluminum or alloy barrel bats and some have composite handles. As per the noted rule in the 2011 rule book, Legion was allowing those bats this year, and going to the full BBCOR standard next year (2012). Now it seems 2 weeks before a season begins, the rules have changed and those BESR aluminum bats with comp handles are not allowed. That disallows Voodoos and other alloy bats that were used all thru HS seasons this year. Does anyone have any further information, confirmation or thoughts on this? our league is struggling to have to mandate players all buy $300-$400 bats in the next 2 weeks in order to play. THis is not good for the legion !

bobbrouwerbr

May 26, 2011 - 11:52am

We've decided to purchase 2 BBCOR bats for team use. Split the cost amongst all players, then offer the bat for sale to players at end of season at discounted price. Seems to have been accepted well by parents.

rcpats

April 29, 2011 - 12:16pm

Let me first say that as an American Legion baseball coach, and former player I share the frustration clearly seen here. We have several players who have bats that are less than a year old who will not be able to use them. I know larger programs than my own feel this impact far worse than we do. But let us keep in mind that the issue here is still safety. The safety of our young men playing our national past-time is, to me, paramount in importance. That being said, I find no legitimate reason for any program to support the idea that safety is it's primary concern, and not advocate a return to wood bats entirely. If safety really is our concern, let us return to the safest technology the game has yet seen. I advocate this not only for reasons of nostalgia, but for simplicity. Get rid of confusing bat rules, and simplify the game. Please.

Wisconsin Rapids Rangers

April 1, 2011 - 4:57pm

Many parents are asking me what bat to buy their kids that will be legal for both high school and legion ball. My question to you is if a bat with a composite handle and an aluminum barrel is BBCOR rated, why is that bat not legal for legion baseball? If it passes in the NCAA and high school rule book, why not legion? The players are not any less skilled when they step off the high school field and onto the legion field, if anything they are better by then. Many coaches are pleading for a carination on this rule. Bats are a big investment and parents and coaches want to make a bat purchase that is good for more than one year.

jgoody18

March 28, 2011 - 12:46am

Please. We beg you. Someone please clarify this rule once and for all. Look at the article... "...according to the NCAA, wood and non-wood bats that are BBCOR certified will produce the same batted-ball speeds and therefore BBCOR bats are approved for the 2011 and 2012 American Legion Baseball season." And it continues..."The American Legion has placed a moratorium on BESR composite bats, including composite handle bats for the 2011 season". Is there anything in this article that would lead you to believe that any BBCOR bat, including BBCOR composite, would not be legal in 2011? Then why are we still being told that they aren't? If BBCOR composite bats aren't legal for 2011, then get this article off of the website...please! If they are, then please make it clear to every state playing American Legion baseball, so that players can begin to purchase bats that will be the new standard and are good for more than one summer, before the summer is half over.

Nebraska Umpire

May 27, 2011 - 4:36pm

I too am having a hard time wrapping my head around a concept that says a bat that will be legal next year isn't legal this year. In my opinion, if it is a BBCOR bat, regardless of being composite or not, it should be legal this year. The only bats that should be illegal would be BESR composite bats, which have shown to be unsafe due to either breaking down over time or being intentionally altered to increase ball speed when hit. The fact that a handle is composite is moot, because you don't (normally) hit the ball with the handle. As long as it is a -3 and under 36",i.e. meets the BESR standards otherwise, who cares? As an umpire, its hard to enforce a rule that is so vague. I have gone to our umpire liaison and he is standing firm on ALL composite bats being illegal. This appears to be narrow-minded. But then again, like you said, does anybody in power even read these threads?

baseballco

March 21, 2011 - 11:48pm

TO ME ALL BATS ARE LEGAL FOR THE 2011 SEASON. CONFLICT WITH COMPOSITE BATS

GPenn09

March 17, 2011 - 1:19am

For those with android phones here's an app for you to verify your bat for 2011 bit.ly/2011bats

historyb203

February 28, 2011 - 12:39pm

"The American Legion has placed a moratorium on BESR composite bats, including composite handle bats for the 2011 season"..... This is from the article above. It seemingly contradicts the earlier "clarification". It states that NOT ALL BESR bats are ok for 2011 season. Only "all aluminium bats" are OK. BESR "composite bats are not allowed.

jgoody18

February 28, 2011 - 8:39am

Every time I come on this site, the story has been altered in some way. According to this story BBCOR bats will be legal in 2011...regardless of the barrel. We are still being told that NO composite barrel bats are legal this summer...even BBCOR. Which is true?

Huskerman3434

February 26, 2011 - 4:47pm

Look at the First two sentences and then compare with the last sentence of this paragraph and explain what's wrong with this scenario. For the 2011 season, Legion Baseball teams will adhere to the previous, Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR). Thus, all bats that have aluminum barrel and pass the BESR test will be allowed on the playing field. (This part says BESR rated bats, even if they have composite handles are legal) Read on. The American Legion has placed a moratorium on BESR composite bats, including composite handle bats for the 2011 season. Aren't those two statements in conflict? Please tell me why the NFHS standard doesn't work for the American Legion season. A lot of kids are going to have to go out and purchase the new BBCOR bats earlier than they really need too.

timlisa

February 22, 2011 - 8:10pm

The NFHS National Federation High School didn't ban composite handles but only composite barrels for 2011 season.I think Legion should have followed suit for this season.

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