Bat Policy for the 2020 Season
LARRY REDWINE UPDATE ON BAT RULE FOR 2020 Season:
League Bat Policy Still Unsettled-Here's Why: I understand there is a major misconception about what the league policy is regarding bats. The simple answer is--total confusion. #1 we affiliate with or facilitate participation with several national organizations. It seems that every one has a different policy on bats. Some like AABC and PONY allow only the USA Baseball stamped bat (AABC also has wood divisions). USSSA in 2019 allowed both the BPF 1.15 USSSA approved bat AND the USA Baseball stamped bat. NABF is all wood. CABA allows both because they're sick of the politics. So what are we to do? It then breaks down to two matters: with what national affiliation do you associate with for post season qualification and championships? What is safe for the players-is in our minds most important, That's really only part of the motivation, the other is - who can make lots of money having their stamp on the bat. But then USSSA spent a lot of money on bat tests and feel they have a safe product.
I had a series of emails with one of the bat manufacturers asking what our league would do this year. I will tell you what I told hm: Until the national organizations conduct their annual meetings and determine their policy I just don't know, for you see-we really have little voice in the matter despite general opinion of league participants. Some folks believe it's a sole decision on our part when it's really dictated to us. Will USA Baseball ultimately win out on this? Yes, but who knows when USSSA, who receives royalties off of bat sales, will defer. In the meantime the USSSA stamped bats, which I understand, perform better will compete for sales with the USA Baseball stamped bats that are regarded as safer. Apparently until someone is seriously hurt or killed from a ball hit off the USSSA stamped bat and people are crucified, the subject will still be up for discussion. Choose wisely; is better performance worth the potential risk?