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Will someone please explain the 2017 wooden bat rule at all age levels? It seems very few understand the "Official Base Ball" or MLB wood bat rule 1.10... " a smooth round stick..." NO weight limit is mentioned, plus or minus. Please explain why so many seem to feel a wooden bat of any size must be a minus 3 or or weigh more than that start point? We are talking wood bats,  not metal, not composite, not laminated wood. Very confused after 25 years of bat making. Tom at Barnstable Bat Company

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Comment by Juan Baret on March 17, 2017 at 1:58pm

Hi Tom, Do you have a link to webpage for this new wood bat rule so I can know more about it?  The only bat rule that I'm aware of that will take effect in 2018 is from USA Baseball for Youth Leagues to get wood-like performance standard: Here's the link: http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=...

Here are the main points:

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?
To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

Why the change to a wood-like standard?
USA Baseball's national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.

Why not just use wood bats?
Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.

Juan C. Baret

Baret Bats

www.baretbats.com

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