Effective as of January 1, 2020, chest protectors used in high school and college baseball must be NOCSAE certified. This rule is not in place for youth players (anyone below high school level), however, knowing this information will allow parents to safely equip their youth player. This rule can be somewhat confusing, so we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the NOCSAE catcher’s gear certification changes related to chest protectors.
Pine tar is a very tacky, sticky substance that is produced by the high temperature carbonization of pine wood. Before its use in baseball, it was primarily used by mariners as a sealant for their vessels. Now, it is probably most commonly associated with use by baseball players in addition to batting gloves, baseball bat wraps and accessories. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about pine tar use in baseball.
Since the beginning of the sport, runners and catchers colliding at the plate have been a huge part of baseball. Bottom of the 9th, down by one, one out, and a runner on third, everyone knows what is about to happen. Batter pops it up to shallow right field, runner tags and it’s going to be close. Right fielder lasers it home and the runner and catcher collide. Everyone is on the edge of their seat. The umpire throws his hands in the air — “Safe”. Run is in and the home team forces extra innings. The “Play at the Plate” is the best play in baseball. Catcher’s equipment is essential in protecting against batted balls, wild pitches and of course collisions at the plate, so make sure you always have the proper gear on when you’re behind the dish!
When it comes to Little League, it is often questioned what kind of bats you are allowed to use at certain levels. Since 2018, it is required that all divisions of Little League use bats that have a USA 1.15 BPF stamp, and the barrel diameter cannot exceed 2 5/8-inches. However, BBCOR bats can be used in the Intermediate, Junior League and Senior League Divisions. It is important to make sure your bat is legal for the division you are in, or of course, you will not be able to use it. So, below we will discuss each of the different divisions and break down the different sizes of bats that are allowed for each one.
USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, along with the help of several national baseball organizations, are implementing a new standard for youth baseball bats starting January 1, 2018. The new USA Certified Baseball bat standard (USABat) has been put in place in an attempt to reach a wood-like performance standard across youth baseball.
Perhaps the most misunderstood rule in baseball is the infield fly rule. Understandably, the rule can be a little confusing since it is ultimately left to the discretion of the umpire as to when it is applied. Designed by Major League Baseball to ensure good sportsmanship and fair play during the course of a game, the rule deals with those strategies that undermine the game and create unfair (if not altogether shady) advantages. In the instance that an infield fly is called, the batter is out, and the ball remains “live”, regardless of if it is caught or not. Therefore, baserunners are allowed to advance (at their own risk) seeing that the ball either hits the ground or the runner tags up once the ball is caught.
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