Hey Blue! BAMBOO BATS?

By Bob Downey, Hanover LL UIC 2014 

Bamboo bats are not solid, one piece construction.   Bamboo is a grass that grows hollow.  When they make the bats, they consist of multiple layers. 

During the 2013 season, we consulted LL concerning bamboo bats.

Their response was due to the wording in the rule book, for Junior Divisions and lower, that bamboo bats are allowed and to be treated the same as a wood bat.

It therefore, does NOT need to have the 1.15 BPF rating on it.

However, in the Senior/Big League divisions, that same bat needs to have the BBCOR standard printed on the bat.  This is because in rule 1.10, under the Senior/Big League division, it states;  “All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard.”