To: Mike Smith, Supervisor
From: Max Christ, McKenzie Botcher, Alivia Roscoe
Date: January 30, 2013
Subject: How to Respond to the NCAA Baseball Bat Standards Complaints
Below we have created a table with responses to the letters. We have organized it by: the complaints, responses, and sources to where we have found our information.
Arguments in the letter | Potential responses | Research backing the responses |
How could you risk my son's life by not changing the standards for bats immediately when your tests showed that a player cannot react quickly enough to avoid a ball batted by one of these high tech bats? The NCAA should be ashamed. I am writing my congressman. | The NCAA has already attempted to change the standards a year ago, but ultimately the company would be sued by one of our top manufacturers (Easton), which directed the company to limit the performance of all composite bats. Also, the miles per hour from an ...view middle of the document...
| First off, since 2006, the NCAA has been developing a set of new restrictions for composite bats and they are based on three forms of measurement. The Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR), the accelerated break-in test (ABI) and the ball exit speed ration protocol (BESR) all are elaborated through our main website and provide the most information in the area of bat technology. For additional information on the most up-to-date research on bat technology, there is a new research facility in Washington State University that can provide the most current batting information. | |
I want the NCAA to pay hospital expenses for my son's injury in baseball and a settlement for lost opportunity. He was offered a major league contract out of high school and will not be able to play again. Unless you apologize and pay damages, I will sue in his behalf. | We are sorry for your son’s injury in baseball, yet the NCAA is not liable for his injury. You can try to go after the high school organization he played through, but the NCAA will not pay hospital expenses nor offer a settlement for your son’s lost opportunity. | * NCAA main website |
How dangerous is it to play baseball? I've always liked baseball, but my grand kids are starting to play sports and they are being told to focus on soccer because it is a safer sport to play. | It is as dangerous as any other sports, but it is mainly due to the skill level and awareness each player provides for himself/herself. Although some sports can be classified as safer to play, many factors have to be provided to fully evaluate the player, such as experience in the sport, the position he/her plays, and many more factors. | |
I am a member of the sports booster club for Central Catholic High School, and we are going to purchase bats for our high school team.Are wooden bats or aluminum bats safer? | Wooden bats are generally more safe than composite bats, yet there is much debate on each side of the argument that can support which bat is more safe to use. Regardless, composite bats are much more safe than they have been in past years, mainly due to the research and tests conducted to allow the NCAA to provide a list of approved composite bats. | * Easton * National Consumer Product Safety Commission |