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New Bat standards for 2014 (Youth)?

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  • New Bat standards for 2014 (Youth)?

    I just heard for the first time that there is a chance next year they are going to change the rules again..... 1.08BPF instead of 1.15. Obviously this is league dependent. But it seems like Little League and USSSA baseball have the biggest impact on that. I am coaching a 10U team with a bunch of first time kids/parents. Alot of them just bought new bats.... Does anyone have any info/links on the possible change next year? I could not find much out there.

    Thanks

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    Wait a minute, April Fool's was a week ago...

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    • #3
      I haven't heard this from our Little League yet, do you have a source that we can read?

      If this is true then everyone is going to have to buy new bats - I don't think I have a single bat that is 1.08 BPF. They are all 1.15.

      Can you recycle aluminum baseball bats? Anyone want to start a recycling business with me? We could make a bit of cash in 2014

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      • #4
        If they're going to make another change, they should just go to BBCOR in drops other than -3 and be done with it.

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        • #5
          I have nothing but a conversation with a member of our travel board. Then I did a google search and found something on a Minneapolis baseball website:

          Please note bat regulations will change in 2014

          This will not effect our teams this season, but next year the 1.15 BPF rating will change to 1.08 BPF.

          Just a heads up if you're in the market for a new bat this year...


          That is why I posted here to see if anyone else had heard this. If they do change it again, you would think they would have a grandfathered in period like before.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mkoehn View Post
            I have nothing but a conversation with a member of our travel board. Then I did a google search and found something on a Minneapolis baseball website:

            Please note bat regulations will change in 2014

            This will not effect our teams this season, but next year the 1.15 BPF rating will change to 1.08 BPF.

            Just a heads up if you're in the market for a new bat this year...


            That is why I posted here to see if anyone else had heard this. If they do change it again, you would think they would have a grandfathered in period like before.
            I assume this is being driven by the bat companies to gut the used bat market.
            Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

            I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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            • #7
              I shouldn't have read this, now my blood pressure is on the rise. I bought a bat (high end) this season specifically for it to be used for next year as well....ahhh

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              • #8
                Has anyone found anything else? I haven't been able to.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Coach C View Post
                  I shouldn't have read this, now my blood pressure is on the rise. I bought a bat (high end) this season specifically for it to be used for next year as well....ahhh
                  Yeah. I bought 2. One for this year and one to hold back for next. It's still in the wrapper and would be sold immediately if I could verify this.

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                  • #10
                    I do know that 2014 is the first year that youth bats (2 1/4") will require the NEW USSSA mark.

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                    • #11
                      Sorry for messing with your blood pressure. I did the same thing, 2 bats for my 2 boys that were for the next 2 years. I can't find anything else online either, so that leads me to believe this is not going to happen. But I do believe at some level they are talking about changing it again. Before last year one of the leagues we played in told us that they are not done messing with bats, and that it will likely change again. My guess is that even is they do change it for next year, there will be a grandfathered in period as long as you have the new stamp.

                      And yes, next year you for sure need the stamps on all bats regardless of size.

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                      • #12
                        Found the following doing a Google search from April 2012:
                        From the MaxBat - Maple baseball bats and baseball accessories facebook site:
                        "Want to hear a joke? If you're buying a metal bat this year with the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp on it, the rules are changing next year to a 1.08 BPF, meaning you'll need to spend an additional $200-$300 on another metal bat."

                        Not saying this isn't true (I have no idea), but if this WERE going to happen, and there were rumors that were already a year old out about this, you would figure there would be more info leaked about it, and you would likely see a number of 1.08 BPF bats released already as manufacturers try to get a jump on the market. Maybe I'm off base? No pun intended...

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                        • #13
                          I've only found what the OP found on the Minneapolis Youth Baseball Association website. Personally, I have no problem with them going right to BBCOR standards for all ages, but it sure seems like a coincidental (or maybe not) boon for the bat companies if they change the standards every couple of years.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Roothog66 View Post
                            I've only found what the OP found on the Minneapolis Youth Baseball Association website. Personally, I have no problem with them going right to BBCOR standards for all ages, but it sure seems like a coincidental (or maybe not) boon for the bat companies if they change the standards every couple of years.
                            If they did that, I would be all in favor of just going to wood and not playing there game.

                            Also, you think in this sue happy world that someone would sue somebody if they change the rules 2 years after they just made a major change. A major change that forced alot of people/organizations to drop big bucks on new bats.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mkoehn View Post
                              If they did that, I would be all in favor of just going to wood and not playing there game.

                              Also, you think in this sue happy world that someone would sue somebody if they change the rules 2 years after they just made a major change. A major change that forced alot of people/organizations to drop big bucks on new bats.
                              You ever wonder how many bats actually had to be purchased that wouldn't have upgraded in the first place. It hasn't change bat purchase timeline.

                              I am sure it impacted some, I just don't think it was as many people as you might think. For instance, the few people that cried wolf in our league have since purchased this years bats. Point being they would have purchased bats anyway!

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