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Schools Wants to See IHSA Ban Aluminum Bats
A high school baseball coach in the Quad Cities area wants to see aluminum bats banned by the Illinois High School Association.

Glen Cook, varsity baseball coach at Rockridge High School in Taylor Ridge says aluminum bats are dangerous, because of the velocity of the batted balls, especially balls hit back to the pitcher.

"The kids are so big and strong today, it's just unbelievable," Cook says. "I'm sorry, I'm old fashioned. I never did like the aluminum bats anyway. They need to go back to wooden bats."

The IHSA has studied aluminum bats, but never took any action. North Dakota and New York City have bans on aluminum bats in high school baseball. Cook also wants to see aluminum bats banned in youth baseball.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, a trade group for the aluminum bat industry, says bats used in games must conform to standards established by the governing bodies of college, high school and youth baseball; the "ball exit speed ratio" that is designed to restrict the speed of a ball when struck by a bat.

Researchers estimate that a ball off an aluminum or composite bat will travel five or six miles per hour faster than a ball struck by a wood bat. In 2002, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission declined to issue a rule that all non-wood bats perform like wood bats.

(Illinois Radio Network)
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