The Composite Bat Ban

On July 7, 2010, the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Association) official banned the use of composite barrel baseball bats for the 2010-2011 season. This ruling may be putting a huge dent in families wallets if they already purchased a composite barrel bat, so why the change in the ruling?

According to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Baseball Research Center, even if the bat is not tampered with, the bat will increase in performance over time with normal use. Also many people have tampered with their composite bat (rolling) which speeds up the performance enhancement that would happen over time anyway. Thus creating a huge concern for the rules committee by giving people with a composite bat an “unfair” advantage over the rest of the bats.

Along with the new ruling on the composite barrels, there will be another new ruling to be put into effect for the 2012 baseball season. The current BESR certified bats will be ruled illegal and players will have to switch to the new BBCOR (bat-ball coefficient of restitution) certified bats. This, to be put in simple terms, will make aluminum bats hit like wood bats by giving the bat a smaller barrel and by also making the bat heavier.

The NFHS hopes the new BBCOR standard will eliminate the debate on different type of aluminum bats, as well as make the play a little safer.