Metal baseball bats banned in NYC high schools

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Baseball season is upon us and kids everywhere will soon be swinging the bats again. In New York high schools, those bats will be not be made of metal. Although Little League Baseball claims there is no evidence that metal bats are more dangerous than wooden ones, the City Council in New York has voted to ban them from the largest school system in the country.

If metal bats create more velocity when hitting a ball than wooden bats, they must cause more injuries, right? Opponents of the metal bat ban say there is no scientific evidence to suggest this. Mayor Bloomberg himself thought the question of bat safety should be left up to those who run the baseball leagues, not the government, and vetoed the bill.

But the City Council overrode his veto and voted 41-4 to ban them. "What we're trying to do is reduce risk," said Councilman James Oddo, who sponsored the bill.

The City Council's actions have some crying foul. One group who opposes the ban plans to file a federal lawsuit and Stephen D. Keener, president of Little League, issued a statement expressing his organization's disappointment in the City Council's decision to "override the logic and sensibility of Mayor Bloomberg's veto."

There may not be scientific proof that metal bats cause more injuries than wooden bats, but it makes sense that they would. My experience with baseball is limited, but if metal bats are preferred because they increase the speed of the ball, isn't that also a good reason not to let children use them?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.