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Update from Little League International Regarding Composite Bats

Update from Little League International Regarding Composite Bats

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As announced last month, Little League has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League, effective immediately.

A link to more information about the moratorium on composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League can be found here:

http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2010/Sep-Dec/StatementFromLLCompositeBats.htm

At present, the moratorium on composite bats does not apply to the Little League Baseball (Majors) Division and below, nor does it apply to any division of softball.

Little League International is contracting with the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) to begin research testing composite bats 2 ¼ barreled bats that are approved for play in Little League Baseball (Majors) Division and below using the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) protocol, as well as the Accelerated Break-In (ABI) procedure. That agreement was reached today, and testing will begin very soon.

“We wanted to get this information out as soon as possible,” Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. “Our intent is to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats, and which ones meet the standards for the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, if any, as soon as possible. We hope to have the results to you by January 1, 2011.”