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Composite Bats Out

By From the New York Times

Composite bats will no longer be used in the Little League World Series. Little League officials announced a moratorium on the equipment based on research it commissioned from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

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