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What is BESR?

Posted by JustBats.com on Sep 18, 2017 4:12:56 PM

Currently, youth bats are undergoing a similar change with the USA Bat Standard. New youth bats approved for USA Baseball's new bat standard were released in September 2017, and the new rule goes into effect on January 1, 2018. But, this isn't the first rule change that bats have seen.

On January 1, 2012, all high school and collegiate level baseball bats had to meet the BBCOR standard. This was a new bat standard to test bats and came about for a number of reasons, but mainly safety and because of bats like the Easton Stealth. BBCOR effectively replaced the BESR Certification. JustBats.com reviews what BESR is and what it entailed.

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Topics: Bat Rules & Regulations

Introducing The New USABat Baseball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Sep 5, 2017 2:51:28 PM

They're here!

Ever since USA Baseball, the United States national governing body for the sport of baseball, adopted the USABat Standard, everyone has been waiting for the new youth baseball bats. On September 1, 2017, the new USA Baseball bats were unveiled.

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Topics: Bat Rules & Regulations

5 Best Illegal Bats Of All-Time

Posted by JustBats.com on Aug 2, 2017 11:50:45 AM

Illegal. Banned.

These are words you don't want to see associated with your favorite bat. Baseball and softball leagues have bat standards set by governing bodies that dictate what bats are acceptable for use. To become certified, bats must pass tests conducted by independent labs, which is what BBCOR Certification and USABat Standard use. When a bat passes the independent test, the bat manufacturer is notified, and the corresponding certification stamp can be placed on the bat.

And when a bat doesn't pass? That's when the bats are deemed illegal or banned.

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Topics: Lists, Bat Rules & Regulations

What Is Bat Shaving? Bat Rolling?

Posted by JustBats.com on Jun 12, 2017 3:19:48 PM

Why do players cheat? Because baseball and softball are tough games that take hard work, dedication, and patience. Cheating takes little effort. It's taking the easy way.

Bats are not immune to cheating and unethical practices. For example, learning to hit for power takes time, as does the process of making contact with the ball. Unfortunately, there are a few common, unapproved, and unethical bat break-in methods that allow cheaters to gain an edge. JustBats.com outlines them here because while we don't condone illegal bat break-in methods, it's good for players, coaches, and parents to be well-informed about these practices.

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Topics: Bat Rules & Regulations

Infield Fly Rule

Posted by JustBats.com on Sep 15, 2016 8:52:26 AM

It stands to reason that a rule that was introduced in 1895 should be 100% understood by the general public by now. But, so goes life as the Infield Fly Rule.

Now, the rule (rule 2.00 in MLB) has affected World Series and Wild Card games in Major League Baseball and has been implemented in nearly all competitive softball leagues. Given the lack of clarity, JustBats clarifies our customer questions about the Infield Fly Rule:

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Topics: Bat Rules & Regulations

New Youth Baseball Bat Standard (USABat) - Effective Jan. 1, 2018

Posted by JustBats.com on Mar 7, 2016 11:51:12 AM

Effective January 1st, 2018, USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, will adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth baseball bats.

Although there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations' bat rules, we understand and appreciate that many of our customers look to JustBats.com for just this type of information. We want all of our customers to be as informed as possible about anything that may affect their bat purchase decisions, so we'll break down every part of the new rule change including what changes to expect, why a change is being made, and who this new standard will affect.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Rules & Regulations

Top Five BBCOR Questions Answered

Posted by JustBats.com on Mar 2, 2016 10:52:15 AM
BBCOR is the standard currently governing adult baseball bats used in High School and Collegiate play. Since being introduced 5-6 years ago, BBCOR has grown in popularity. Given the relative newness of BBCOR, JustBats wanted to provide answers to the top five questions we receive:
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Topics: BBCOR Bats, Bat Rules & Regulations

Little League International Announces 2012 Bat Rules

Posted by Derek H on Nov 16, 2011 3:25:47 PM

Little League International just announced a change to the bat rules for the 2012 season. I wanted to take a second to explain the change to make sure all our customers know what they can swing.

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Topics: Bat Rules & Regulations

New USSSA Baseball Bat Marks & Grandfathering Rules

Posted by Pro Athlete Inc on Nov 9, 2011 2:31:30 PM

New USSSA Baseball Bat Marks & Grandfathering Rules
Effective January 1, 2012

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Topics: Baseball Bats, Softball Bats, Bat Rules & Regulations