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What bats are legal in high school?

Most organized leagues have bat performance standards. For 2011 only, high schools will allow both bats certified by the Ball-Exit Speed Ration (BESR) and the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR).

College baseball associations like NCAA and NAIA will only allow BBCOR bats.

So, if you're playing in an organized league, especially if they follow NFHS or college rules, it's very likely that you need a bat that's certified by one of those standards.

Seems simple enough, but we're not done yet. Recent decisions by some leagues have complicated things and caused some confusion.

Composite bat moratoriums

The National Federation of High Schools, which governs the playing rules of high school sports in the United States, passed a moratorium on some composite-barreled bats for the 2011 season.

BESR bats with composite barrels will not be allowed in 2011, with a handful of exceptions. If bats can pass the BESR after a thorough break-in process, the NFHS will issue waivers to allow those bats this season.

There have been similar moratoriums passed in Little League, Babe Ruth and USSA.

BBCOR Baseball Bats

These bats will be legal in both college and high school baseball this season. These bats will be legal in 2011, 2012 and onward.

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Aluminum or Alloy-Barreled BESR Baseball Bats

These bats will be legal in high school baseball in 2011 only. These bats will not be legal in California high school baseball (CIF) this year.

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Composite BESR Baseball Bats

These composite-barreled BESR bats have been re-certified, and they will be allowed in high school competition in 2011 only.

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