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Thursday, May 13, 2010

California Considering Metal Bat Ban

A California legislative committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would place a two-year ban on the use of metal bats in high school baseball, responding to safety concerns which were raised when a Marin County teenager was severely injured in March, the Associated Press reported.

So what about Connecticut?

“There hasn’t been any serious discussion,” said CIAC official Joe Tonelli.

Tonelli added that the CIAC’s main concern lies with safety and follows the rules of the National Federation of High Schools.

This past summer, the American Legion moved to an all-wooden bat state tournament. Also, seven of the eight American Legion zones in Connecticut shifted to wooden bats during the regular season. Connecticut was the only state to do so at the Legion level.

According to the Associated Press story, metal bats already are banned in New York City and North Dakota.

Check out this article about American Legion's switch to wooden bats.

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