EASTCHESTER, N. Y. -- Eastchester Little League is getting a jump on a national trend in favor of wood baseball bats by adopting the wood-only rule for some of its younger players this year, according to lohud.com.
It is an expansion of the requirement for 11- and 12-year-olds last year by now including the 140 kids playing 12-and-under and 10-and-under. The idea is to increase safety, and get ready for a national mandate that's coming, lohud.com said.
The youngsters in Eastchester's program will be some of the first to start moving torward wood-only bats. But USA Baseball, the governing organization for youth baseball, plans to require all youth baseball leagues to drop aluminum or composite bats by 2018, lohud.com reported.