Naia Legal Bats
ABI (Accelerated Break-In Test) This is a test performed on bats to simulate intensive use. Compound bats work better the more you use them, so the ABI, as part of the BBCOR, ensures that compound bats work in the same way as wood bats, even under heavy use. The Louisville Slugger dynasty in 2012 was one of the first GMP bats to be banned. USA Baseball withdrew its certification (made illegal) the USA Easton Ghost X racquet in a 30-inch 10-inch drop on 30/3/2018. BESR (Ball Exit Speed Ratio) This was the long-term test used to ensure that non-wooden bats play in the same way as wooden bats. It tests the „exit speed” of a racquet, i.e. the speed at which the ball bounces off a composite or aluminum racquet. It was phased out because it did not take into account how bats would behave after being robbed (compound bats generally improve with use). Q: When will there be -5 BBC bats? A: Not soon, if ever. BBCOR was primarily adopted by high school and college baseball leagues. Since these leagues also require all bats to be -3, all bats in the BBC are -3. Bats with a drop of -5 are certified with various standards (for example: BPF 1.15) which are still used by leagues that allow -5 clubs. Since leagues that allow -5 clubs do not specifically ask for BBC 5 clubs, they are not made.
While trying to play with the scene, Mattingly`s bat brand (eBay) produced a super hot stick in the Balistk. Apparently too hot. Mattingly bats have never really set, and to date, they haven`t produced a new bat in years. College Baseball Schedule Effective January 1, 2011 – All bats used in the NCAA and all organizations that follow NCAA rules (such as the NAIA) must be BBCOR certified. BESR certification is no longer used. Bats with composite tracks previously banned in the NCAA are allowed if they can pass the BBCOR test. For more information, see the Decertified American Bats page. These bats are the forbidden KAMOs (including three Drop 8 and two Drop 10). Q: I have an older BESR bat. Is there a chance it will be tested again for BBC certification? A: We can`t say for sure, but it seems unlikely that older bats will be tested again.
Throughout the year, however, governing bodies test bats randomly. Think of it like random drug testing at the Olympics. These governing bodies can buy the rackets directly from the shelf or take them directly from tournaments. They are sent to the laboratory and then tested. Although probably others, three bats can be found that have lost their certification on the baseball field in recent years. These include the CF ZEN 2 3/4 Drop 10, the Marucci CAT 5-squared in 32 and 33 BBCOR and the Reebok TLS. These three lost their certification in high school and university. The 33- and 34-inch Marucci Black racket lost its accreditation only for NCAA games. On the baseball page, a league`s website contains at least some information about banned racquets.
The Texas Sports Officials Association appears to be keeping an eye on at least some of the illegal bats. We`re sure it`s a huge headache, but they might find some comfort in knowing they`re in good company for what it`s worth. They don`t make crappy bats illegal. (See our review of DSB Made USA bats. It`s completely legal). And we should note that some of the KAMO are still allowed. With the recent and rather high-profile „temporary” decertification of the 2 3/4 DeMarini CF Zen Drop 10, we wondered what other bats have been decertified over the years. It is not easy to find such a list.
We probably made our decision because there haven`t been many baseball bats that have been banned over the years. Slow-pitch softball has seen the worst offenders – with at least a dozen rackets banned over the years. In baseball, we only found three in the last one, five, and we still have to find a quick bat to get the boot. All the people who said the bats in Dirty South were hot were clearly right. A little too much. Starting January 1, 2020, new baseballs will be required for the official high school baseball (NFHS) game. There are no changes to the ball itself, but it must have the NOCSAE stamp as well as the NFHS seal to be legal for the game. BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) This is the new, more accurate test that replaces the BESR. Like BESR, it is used to ensure that aluminum and composite bats play in the same way as wooden bats, but it also takes into account the behavior of bats after being burgled. This is because it includes the ABI described below. Effective January 1, 2020, the NCAA will no longer allow white sticks in college baseball.
This is a safety issue that allows pitchers to pick up the ball at bat earlier — as long as it comes back immediately. *The 2017 CF Zen USSSA lost its 1.15 certification in all sizes and lengths of drop 10 2 3/4 (blue and white) and drop 8 (green and white). Bats Zero Dark Thirty and custom versions are also decertified. Serial numbers starting with: WTDXCBR & WTDXCBZ. Q: I`ve heard that these bats don`t work as well as BESR bats. It`s true? A: The NCAA used BBC bats during the 2011 spring baseball season, and there were some notable statistical differences. Not surprisingly, bats acted more like wooden bats. This gives you the difference between BBCOR, BESR and ABI. It also provides you with the current BBC standards, rules and regulations, as well as will also let you know legally and what is not. The rule applies to all bats. Thus, older models are also made illegal retroactively.
While it doesn`t tell you which bats are decertified, the WSU website tells you which bats were originally certified. Some websites had a good list of softball bats that have been banned over the years. It doesn`t look like it`s going to be updated recently, but it has been helpful nonetheless. SFsoftball also has a similar list. The USSSA announced on 4/12/2018 at 4pm PST that the Dirty South KAMO with serial number BB KA 8 is illegal to play in the following sizes: two Drop 10 and three Drop 8 (30/22 31/21 32/22 31/23 32/24). The list of illegal softball bats is longer than we would like to write. Or, frankly, you should take care to read about it. As an example, consider ASA bats, which were only decertified until 2014. The CAT 5^2 (5-Squared) in BBCOR was a bestial bomb launcher known to kill bullets.
It put Marucci on the map, but was also removed from certification after people found it too hot to handle. But it`s still legal in a 32 and it`s amazing. You can read more about CF Zen`s legal issues here. Penalty: (First Offense) If the referee determines that a racquet does not comply with USSSA Rule 7.01.C until the racquet has been used in the game, this is not a reason to exclude and/or throw the bat offside. If the umpire determines that a racquet was used to put a ball in play, and before the next legal field, the defensive team has the choice to call the result of the game or the batsman and all runners returning to base are busy at the time of the field of play. (Second offence) If a team violates this rule a second time, the manager will be ejected from the field in addition to the first penalty. Home runs left Parks averaging 0.52 per team per game in 2011, compared to 0.94 last year and 1.06 in 1998 (also the best year for the category). This is also similar to the time of the wooden bat (.42 in the last year of wood in 1973 and .49, .50 and .55 in the first three years of the metal). BBC list of banned bats as of 4 February 2020.
Here are some other updates: NCAA Rules A few years ago, Nike made a serious race (eBay) into the baseball bat space. However, the loss of certification of the CX2 seems to mark the beginning of the end of the Nike Bat experience. Starting January 1, 2020, new breastguards are required for high school baseball (NFHS) and starting January 1, 2021 for NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) baseball. After their first consideration, all sizes of the CBZ Drop 10 DeMarini 2018 CF Zen are LEGAL to play with. From the NCAA: Division I batting average, scores, and home runs per game in 2011 are more like the wooden bats of the 1970s than in recent years. Division I teams averaged 5.58 points per game in 2011, well below the record of 7.12 in 1998 and under 6 points for the first time since 1977 (5.83), which was only the fourth season of the aluminum bat in college baseball. The USSSA adds the 2018 28-, 29- and 30-inch CF Zen to the list of prohibitions, including the 31st and 32ns from the same bat. They also point out that Ghost X USA will NOT be allowed in USSSA games in 2018. Q: How do I know if my racquet is BBCOR certified? A: If your racquet is BBCOR certified, somewhere on the barrel, it will wear a stamp that looks like this: If a racquet does not pass, it will be removed from play and „decertified”. The 13u Division will receive a new bat limit: effective January 1, 2020, all 13u events and 13u event teams will be required to use a maximum of 8 (-8) clubs bearing the official USSSA 1.15 GMP stamp at all times.
All 14u events and all 14u event teams must use a maximum of one Drop 5 (-5) racquet with the official USSSA 1.15 GMP stamp which is permanently stamped. No changes will be made for fastball softball or junior baseball (Little League, Travel, USSSA, etc.). According to a recent episode of ESPN`s Sport Science, the ideal point for an average BBC racquet is two inches smaller than a comparable BESR racquet. They also report a 5% drop in output speed. To be certified, a bat must meet a certain standard set by the umbrella organization. An independent sports science laboratory performs these tests at a major university. If the bat exists, it has the right to bear the stamp of the association. Compare that to our BBCOR-approved bat list and our U.S.
approved bat list. The DSB KAMO (BB KA 8) has been removed from the USSSA game. This means, in a few words, that the bat is now locked to play.