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Little League Bans Composite Bats

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Little League Baseball has extended a ban on composite bats to all its divisions effective immediately. The moratorium announced Thursday is based on league-commissioned research from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Composite bats have metal shells enclosing woven fibers inside the barrels. Critics say the bats are dangerous because balls fly off them at high speeds and can injure fielders. Supporters say they are lighter and easier to handle.

Little League banned composite bats in its junior, senior and big league divisions in August. The league broadened the ban Thursday to include the majors division. Players can use wood bats, metal bats or bats with composite materials in the handle only.

This ruling does not affect those participating in Cal Ripken leagues as of today.