I read all posts in this thread, can you confirm my summary is correct:
Majors & Below: Composite bats - must be on the approved 2 1/4" list
Juniors & Above: Composite bats - must be on the approved 2 5/8" list
Majors & Below: Aluminum / Alloy bats - There is a list of registered bats, this is more for guidance since it says its not meant to be a list of all bats that can be used.
Juniors & Above: Aluminum / Alloy bats. BESR = Approved for 2011. For 2012 must be BBCOR approved. I saw this in Merrill's post from 2 weeks ago (copied below), can anyone conform LL will enforce this?
If the above is correct, I have one question:
Will composite bats on the Juniors & Above 2 5/8" list be legal for 2012? Or will they further have to be BBCOR certified? The store I went to had aluminum / alloy bats that were BBCOR certified, but they had no composite bats that were BBCOR certified. They said composite BBCOR approved composite bats existed but no manufacturers had shipped any to them yet due to short supply - none expected until after our season has started.
My goal is to advise parents buying new bats on what will be legal in 2011 and also what will be legal in 2012 (so new bats purchased now can be used for more than 1 year).
Merrill's post from 2 weeks ago:
Little League is not testing the 2 5/8 bats. The approved bats are the same as those that are approved by NCAA and NFHS for use in high school and college baseball. The original studies that led to a moratorium on composite bats were commissioned by the NCAA and Little League has followed their lead.
After this year new bat regulations go into effect for Little League Jr/Sr/BL Baseball that will require non-wood bats to meet the BBCOR performance standard and other requirements for marking on the bats. The bats on the current waiver list meet a different standard, BESR and will not be legal after this year.