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TheNatural

37 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2012 :  13:44:34  Show Profile
What if all the 14U teams decided on their own to go to wood bats to combat the problem of illegal bats or at least BBCOR? Aren't most of the fall 14 tournaments wood anyways

in_the_know

985 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2012 :  14:56:11  Show Profile
Good luck with that....
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DecaturDad

619 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2012 :  16:11:40  Show Profile
My son had a work out early this fall with the team he ended up joining. When it was time for BP, every kid there pulled a wood bat out of their bag without being told. I love wood bat tournaments
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in_the_know

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Posted - 08/31/2012 :  21:02:12  Show Profile
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Originally posted by DecaturDad

My son had a work out early this fall with the team he ended up joining. When it was time for BP, every kid there pulled a wood bat out of their bag without being told. I love wood bat tournaments



At 14u, most kids are taking BP and practice with wood bats. And as Natural mentioned, all the Triple Crown 14u tourneys in Atlanta are wood bat in the fall (they pretty much have to be since they play them on the lower fields at ECB). The reason I made my original comment is that teams are going to use the hottest bats allowable by tournament rules. You aren't likely to see too many kids swinging BBCOR if the opponents are swinging -5's or greater.

I agree with Natural and would love to see it go that way, but to expect the teams to do so without the rules dictating it is a pipe dream at best (IMHO).
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bkball

173 Posts

Posted - 09/12/2012 :  13:55:25  Show Profile
ordered my son a 33 wood Baum bat the other day, will be the poor sap flying out deep to right field all season but sticking with it. Which brings me to another question, as a coach would you let a kid swing with a wood all season?
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in_the_know

985 Posts

Posted - 09/12/2012 :  14:17:11  Show Profile
I would just have the kid swing BBCOR over wood. If the goal is to really make the jump to high school, he's not going to swing wood there.
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nastycurve

244 Posts

Posted - 09/30/2012 :  18:02:53  Show Profile
As a coach, I dont mind what a kid swings, just how successful he is while doing it. If the use of the wood bat causes a usual 2-3 hitter to perform like a 7-8 hitter, expect him to be hitting in the lower part of the lineup based on performance.
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Shut Out

512 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2012 :  17:32:34  Show Profile
bottom line wood bats break so in the long run the over priced bbcor !3it is still cheaper.
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