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Crystal Lake Leagues 2003 Bat Restrictions

By Don Self

I have taken the step everybody wants to but nobody will. Crystal Lake has banned all composites for league and tournament play. Until the testing on these bats are correct and can stand up to bpf standards, they will not be allowed. I am banning all composites based on the reality that new bats are coming out that nobody knows about yet. I am trying to stay ahead of the new technology. Composites might be allowed in the future after these rockets tone down a little. I have had very positive feedback from tournament players that play D, C & B levels. The easton is suppose to be
just as hot as the Miken II. Worth is trying to tone down its current composite before it is released to the public. I hear C teams cant keep the ball in the park with the current model in testing.

I hope others will follow. The associations need the manufactures to be successful ($), but I do not. Just thought you would like to know. I may suffer a little for tournaments, but truely talented teams do not need technology to be successful. Real amatures do not need the power when they
have no control over it. Independent tests call these bats "dangerous", I call them potentially fatal.

Don Self


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