Non-Wood Bat Facts
On Dec. 30, 2010, Little League International announced it had expanded its moratorium on the use of composite bats to all of its baseball divisions, including the Little League (Majors) division, effective immediately. A discussion regarding the reasoning for the decision is available here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2010/Sep-Dec/LLBBCompositeBatMoratoriumFAQ.htm
Facts Regarding Non-Wood Bats
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The following information is provided by Little League International regarding the use of non-wood bats in Little League Baseball and Softball.
In short, these documents show that non-wood bats are as safe as wood bats, and that Little League International continues to place safety ahead of all other concerns. We invite anyone to review these documented facts in order to reach an informed conclusion.
Here are synopses of the documents attached:
- Ari Fleischer Bio
- Steve Keener Bio
- Testimony Before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Children and Youth Committee
Non-Wood Bat Facts and Quotes
Summary of Facts on Non-Wood Bats
This states Little League’s position on non-wood bats and cites the reasons for it.
Pennsylvania Poll Results Overview
More than 25,000 Little League volunteers in Pennsylvania were asked, in an e-mail poll, “Do you believe Pennsylvania should pass a law banning non-wood bats from Little League through high school baseball and softball?” The survey results overwhelmingly showed respondents were against proposed legislation that would make it a crime to use a non-wood bat in any youth baseball or softball game in the Commonwealth.
New Jersey Survey Overview
This contains detailed results of an on-line survey provided to Little League constituents in New Jersey, alerting them to the non-wood bat issue, and asking them to complete an on-line survey. This e-mail was sent to more than 21,000 people. By clicking on the link in the message, the user was taken to a web page that contained the survey.
USA Baseball Youth Committee Statement
This is a message to all Little League constituents worldwide, regarding a statement from USA Baseball regarding non-wood bats. USA Baseball is the governing body for amateur baseball in the U.S. (Note: A minor error was included in the original message, based on information provided by USA Baseball. It is corrected in the document attached.)
- Non-Wood Bats Statement
- Little League President/CEO Steve Keener’s Written Testimony
- Ari Fleischer Bio
- Stephen D. Keener Bio
- Overview – Survey of Little League Adult Participants and Volunteers in New Jersey
- Message from USA Baseball
- Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition to Proposed Legislation Banning Non-Wood Bats