Tonight on Kidz "n" Sports, I will be discussing the issue of metal bats vs. wooden bats. CA is proposing a 2 year moratorium on aluminum bats in youth and high school baseball.
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+CA is proposing a 2 year moratorium on aluminum bats in youth and high school baseball. +
Is there a "Bill Number" or anything else you can supply for people to look at?
Any information would be appreciated.
I'll try to listen in tonight.
I'll try to get more details. Last I heard it is only "proposed" so far but the legislature is going to have a time period to fully examine the issue first. According to the article in the LB Press Telegram (www.presstelegram.com) it passed legislative committee 5-1 to send the full bill to the Senate.
The PT article talks of a young man in Long Beach that was hit by a line drive. Even the player and his coach don't think that switching to wood is the answer. Maybe it will help but obviously you can get hurt by a hit from a wooden bat as well.
While I'm not a fan of the government legislating high school baseball, due to the number of high schools playing baseball in CA this is an opportunity to get a reasonable sampling size on the dangers of pitchers facing hitters with wood bats. I wish the CIF had come up with the idea rather than the state legislature. What happens if more pitchers get drilled with wood?
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. This act shall be known, and may be
cited, as "the High School Baseball Safety Act of 2010.
SEC. 2. The Legislature finds and declares all of
(a) On March 11, 2010, 16-year-old Gunnar Sandberg, a pitcher for
Marin Catholic High School in Marin County, was struck in the head by
a line-drive hit from a metal bat, and suffered severe head injuries
that required emergency brain surgery.
(b) The recent tragedy involving Gunnar Sandberg is not an
isolated incident. In recent years, there have been numerous
incidents of serious injury and even death involving baseball
pitchers who were struck in the head by balls hit with metal bats.
(c) Historically, and continuing to the present day at the
professional level, baseball has been played with wooden bats.
Beginning in approximately the 1970s, aluminum bats began to appear
as a popular alternative to wood bats, and in recent years nonwooden
bats have become commonplace at these levels of competition. Advances
in baseball bat design, including the materials and technology used,
have resulted in bats that far outperform traditional wood bats.
(d) There is substantial evidence that baseballs struck with these
advanced nonwooden bats travel at faster velocities, leaving
pitchers less time to respond to balls that are hit at them and
increasing the likelihood of serious injury. In 2009, the NCAA
enacted a moratorium on the use of composite barreled bats until
2011. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA), this moratorium is necessary to protect the integrity of the
game and to enhance the safety of the studentathletes.
(e) In California and throughout the country, there are growing
concerns that these advanced nonwooden bats present an unacceptable
safety risk to pitchers. These concerns are especially acute at the
high school level. Many members of the baseball community, as well as
independent experts, have called for a ban on nonwooden bats. Some
also suggest that protective headgear for pitchers should be
(f) In response to the Sandberg tragedy, the Marin County Athletic
League voted on March 25, 2010, to suspend the use of nonwooden bats
for the rest of the 2010 baseball season, and called on other high
school athletic officials to do the same.
(g) A statewide moratorium on the use of nonwooden bats in high
school baseball for three years is an appropriate precautionary
measure. The sport of baseball will not be harmed or compromised by
the use of traditional wood bats during this period. It is the intent
of the Legislature that, during this three-year moratorium, sports
officials and members of the baseball community should actively
consider and evaluate strategies to ensure player safety, including,
but not limited to, the materials and performance standards for
baseball bats and the possibility of protective headgear.
(h) The Legislature notes that nonwooden bats are prohibited at
the major and minor league levels, and baseball is a game of
traditions, which suggests that consideration should be given to
whether the use of nonwooden bats is consistent with the traditions
and highest standards of the game.
SEC. 3. Section 35179.4 is added to the
Education Code , to read:
35179.4. (a) A nonwood baseball bat shall not be used at a
private or public high school competitive baseball game or practice
or during a physical education class or activity conducted at a
private or public high school.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2014, and, as
of January 1, 2015, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2015, deletes or
extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.
"What happens if more pitchers get drilled with wood?"
Join the crowd? did i win?
Im with you on the issue, wishing CIF coming up with the idea.
Here are a few of the ideas that I will be bringing up tonight....
As you said, what's going to happen if pitchers still get drilled with wood bats?
What about safety equipment (helmet or mask) for the pitcher?
What about the ball?
This has been a battle brewing for some time. Hopefully everyone can get together to form the best solution to the safety issue. Plus, to some degree, I think we have to accept that, as with any sport, there are risks of injury. We all like to push the limits.
I have just been notified that Assemblyman Jared Huffman, who proposed the California bat moratorium, will try to join me by phone tonight, probably in the 2nd hour.
What about the ball?
Exactly. It would be FAR easier to "dumb down" the ball to make BESR(etc) bats perform like wood. Plus, it keeps the bat makers happy, the tree hugger happy, and the ball makers really happy. Just change the stiches to blue, so you know you've got the right ball. No big deal.
Jeez, golf dumbed down their balls years ago.
Assemblyman Jared Huffman did call in to the show last night. Despite some comments to the contrary that I had seen on other site posts, Jared was actually a scholarship volleyball player in college.
He did bring some interesting information.
1) The moratorium will only be for one year, not three as originally proposed.
You can download the podcast of the show later today at www.AdrenalineRadio.com/podcast.
About six years ago ASA softened the core of the softballs used for girls softball. The weight was the same. You could hear the difference. My daughter said she could feel the difference on a hard line drive.
Just to make things clear, California's proposed ban is on all non-wood bats. The bill -- in its current form -- would end on January 1, 2012 when the new NFHS rules mandating BBCOR certified bats go into effect nationwide. (The NCAA will require BBCOR bats for the 2011 season.) So, regardless of what happens in California for the 2011 season, high school players will have to toss their BESR bats into the trash prior to the 2012 season.