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Old 10-18-2018, 05:04 AM
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Default Wooden bats in college baseball

Why composite? Why not go back to wooden bats in college baseball?
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:31 AM
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Why composite? Why not go back to wooden bats in college baseball?
Cost. Aluminum doesn't break.
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Cost. Aluminum doesn't break.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:06 PM
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Sorry, but cost is not an issue to the NCAA.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:36 PM
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FWIW, Not sure if this is true, but many aluminum/composite bat manufacturers donate $$ to college sport programs and the NCAA, much like NIKE.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:58 PM
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Sorry, but cost is not an issue to the NCAA.
I thought the players buy their own bats?
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:58 PM
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I thought the players buy their own bats?
I don't think so. They can I guess but it is up to the college to supply them with the equipment they need.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:18 AM
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Sorry, but cost is not an issue to the NCAA.
Maybe not to the 5% of teams you see on TV, but a pro-quality wood bat costs upwards of $300 (if not more), and the vast majority of even D1 baseball programs aren’t budgeting to go through 30 of those over the course of a season.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:38 AM
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From TDN.com

One of the reasons why the NCAA favors metal bats is because of endorsement deals between bat manufacturers and the schools. Congrats provide schools with cash compensations to help pay coaches’ salaries, in addition to free merchandise.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:09 PM
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One of the reasons why the NCAA favors metal bats is because of endorsement deals between bat manufacturers and the schools. Congrats provide schools with cash compensations to help pay coaches’ salaries, in addition to free merchandise.
Couldn't wooden bat manufacturers do the same?
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:24 PM
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Couldn't wooden bat manufacturers do the same?
Good question, I did find this.

https://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/.../post_493.html
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Old 10-20-2018, 01:26 AM
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As long as the NCAA allows non-wooden bats, hitters are going to use non-wooden bats. Given the choice, hitters are going to use the bats that are easiest to use with the least margin of error.


If you're playing in a league where hitters are allowed to use composite bats that don't splinter and have more hits off the handle and a larger sweet spot, you aren't going to put yourself at a competitive disadvantage.


There are amateur wooden-bat summer leagues where college students hoping to impress professional scouts demonstrate what they can do in relation to others using wooden bats. But college baseball doesn't exist as an independent quasi minor league, although it might seem that way for the bigger money sports, football and basketball.
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