Wood Bats in High School and College
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Wood Bats in High School and CollegeWood bats are safer for high school and college; however metal bats have better performance. With the ball speed off of the bat as the big safety issue for high school and college, wood bats have a slower speed than metal bats do. With every solution there is a problem to the solution; wood bats do not produce like metal bats do. The game play is different with each bat. The changes that the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NCAA make for bats for play will have an effect for upcoming students.
In High school and college the players get to use metal bats instead of wood. The performance of metal bats is a lot higher than wood. That is why college and high school use metal instead of wood bats. Metal bats have a higher ball speed off the bat, which is the safety issue that the NCAA and the NFHS have right now. There is a new standard for baseball bats which took effect in 2011 which is the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) bats. They have almost the same ball speed off of the bat as a wood bat does, but the metal bat has a bigger sweet spot. A sweet spot is the part of the bat that will give the biggest trampoline effect to the baseball. Metal bats have made scoring runs in high school and college a lot easier than wood bats. The BBCOR bats have had a slight decline in runs and hits unlike the Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) bats. The change from BESR bats to BBCOR happened in 2011. BESR bats had to high of a ball exit speed off of the bat; they changed it because there were too many kids getting injured. The number of kids that have been injured has gone with down with the BBCOR bats. With using wood bats they break which also would create a safety hazard. Maple bats split into two or three pieces and go flying. So there would be a safety issue of flying debris when a bat broke. Ash bats splinter or break into many different small pieces. Ash bats have a really bad performance because it is a soft wood. Wood bats in...