Sept 23, 2009
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The NCAA recently banned composite bats from college baseball for the 2010 season? Bats are tested for standards in "exit speeds" and rated safe at each level. It was found that the "exit speed" for the composite bats increased after the bat was " broken in" over the months of the season.
Composite bats are made of many layers of fiber, resin, and glue. When a bat comes from the factory the resin and glue between the fibers are stiff and less pliable. (Bats are tested for safe exit speeds before leaving the factory and a BESR sticker is placed on the bat)
As a bat is hit by a baseball (or softball) the resin and glue begin to break, this is what players would call "breaking in", literally. As the resin and glue breaks up the bat becomes more flexible in that spot and therefore becomes "hotter" and gains exit speed.
At the highest level of play for composite bats(college and high school)this can also be dangerous, one reason why the NCAA banned them for the 2010 season. I would imagine the high school rules will be changed also in the next couple of years.
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