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Little League International Issues Update Regarding Composite Bats:

Moratorium Imposed Immediately

Hello,

My name is Mike Debelak, and I have been appointed as an advisor to/by Jimmie L. Timms- District Administrator, California District 27 Little League Baseball. In my role, I will work on various projects for Jimmie, and look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with many of you.

A little of my background:

I have been involved with Little League Baseball for the past 18 years. During that time I have held various positions including Manager, Coach, and Chief Umpire (at West Torrance LL). I have been a District 27 Umpire for the past 14 years- umpiring various age levels, and various tournament distinctions. In addition, I was a two time attendee of the Western Region week long Umpire School as a student-once being named the top student in the class. I have been a West Region Umpire Instructor for the past 13 years for Little League Baseball.

Additional baseball experience would include coaching high school baseball at West Torrance High School, and assisting the baseball program at Bishop Montgomery High School. I also ran a successful travel/club baseball program for a number of years. I have umpired various levels of baseball outside of Little League Baseball including fill in at Division 2 NCAA- College, as well as High School. I have also umpired the National American Tournament of Champions at Cooperstown Dream Park in New York.

Baseball is a passion for me, and in particular umpiring.

One of my initial tasks was to look into the LLBB Composite Bat Mandate and how best to enforce it.

District 27 will follow the following protocol when determining the use of composite bats:

After checking with the Western Region Umpire-in-Chief and other districts in the Region, the most commonly practiced approach is to remove ALL composite bats from a given game, unless the Manager can prove to the umpire that the bat is recognized as an approved composite bat. The way to do this is produce (at game site) a list provided by Little League Baseball that specifies the bat in question. If the Manager cannot prove the composite bat in question is on the list, the bat will be removed from the game. This puts the responsibility on the team/manager in line with "are your players safely and properly equipped?" So where is the list?...

Following is an excerpt from (via www.CAD27.com website- under Umpire/Rules & Regulations/info on composite bats) the Little League Baseball link:

 

LICENSED COMPOSITE-BARRELED BATS (2 1/4 INCH

BARRELS) THAT MEET THE BAT PERFORMANCE FACTOR (BPF) STANDARD, AND THE

ACCELERATED BREAK IN (ABI) PROCEDURE, ARE LISTED BELOW. THIS LIST MAY HAVE MORE

MODELS ADDED TO IT AS MORE LICENSED BATS ARE TESTED. THESE BATS ARE THE ONLY

COMPOSITE-BARRELED BASEBALL BATS THAT ARE PERMITTED TO BE USED IN THE LITTLE

LEAGUE (MAJORS) DIVISION AND BELOW, AS OF THE LATEST REVISION DATE SHOWN AT THE

BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, WHEN THIS LIST WAS LAST UPDATED.

 

FOR A LIST OF COMPOSITE-BARRELED BATS WITH 2 1/4 INCH BARRELS THAT HAVE RECEIVED A WAIVER TO BE USED IN THE LITTLE LEAGUE (MAJORS) BASEBALL DIVISIONS AND BELOW, CLICK HERE: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbatssmall.htm

 

As of March 8, 2011 ONLY the 13 Composite Bats on this list are permitted to be used in a Little League Baseball game. This list is subject to change.

 

For Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball:

FOR A LIST OF COMPOSITE-BARRELED BATS WITH 2 5/8 INCH BARRELS THAT HAVE RECEIVED A WAIVER TO BE USED IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE, SENIOR LEAGUE AND BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL DIVISIONS, CLICK HERE:

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbats.htm

As of March 8, 2011 ONLY the 11 Composite Bats on this list are permitted to be used in a Junior, Senior, or Big League baseball game. This list is subject to change.

It is suggested to any Manager that may have a player using one of the approved composite bats from the list, that he/she print the list, highlight the bat on the list, and note the player(s) name and/or number that might be using the bat. This will make for a quick discussion and notation during pregame equipment inspection and pregame meeting with the umpires and managers. Please remember to check the list often for any changes as those are certain to happen as the season goes on.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email at  mikedebelak@aol.com

 

Thanks,

Mike Debelak

CAD 27 LLBB

 

Testing Results on 2 1/4 Inch Composite Bats Results in Waivers of Moratorium

By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
January 20, 2011

 

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