Little League issues moratorium on Composite Bats!
In an ongoing attempt to maintain a safe environment for young men and women to play baseball, Little League International mandated a moratorium on composite bats for all divisions effective December 30, 2010. From the Little League International website:
Wooden and aluminum metal/alloy bats are not subject to the moratorium. Bats that have only a metal or alloy barrel (and no other material, unless it is in the end cap of the bat), and if it meets the other standards (length, diameter, etc. for the respective division in which it is used) are not subject to the moratorium, regardless of the composition of the handle or the transition to the barrel.
"The moratorium is not the result of Little League changing its bat standards, or influenced by any relationships with bat manufacturers,” Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. "Rather, it became evident through scientific research, that some composite-barreled bats exceeded the current standard after a breaking-in process. Until that research was in hand there was no data to support an earlier decision. With that said, there are no other moratoriums contemplated at this moment.
Click Here to read more about the composite bat moratorium, bat rules, and to see a list a approved bats from LittleLeague.org If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to talk to your coach or league representative.
Note that bats shown on these lists are newer bats, and older models might still be allowed, but not on the list. If in doubt contact your coach or league rep.