The familiar 'ping' of a bat striking a ball at a high school baseball game could sound a little more dull next spring.
The National Federation of State High School Associations baseball rules committee passed new regulations outlawing aluminum bats with excessive Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution.
Reservoir senior T.J. Pipik, the Howard County Player of the Year, says that the change is not going to alter the game dramatically.
"As a pitcher it's great but as a hitter it sucks," said Pipik, who batted .472 with eight home runs, and pitched to a 9-0 record with a .39 ERA. "You've got to hit your spots still. You can't rely on the bats not hitting the ball. There are going to be good hitters and they're still going to be able to hit it so you've got to keep the ball down."
Pipik plays in a 22-and-under league during the summer that uses only wooden bats. Some speculate that more players will use wooden bats during the high school season now that there is less difference between wooden bats and the less potent metal bats.
"I know some kids who played with them this summer and they say they'd rather play with wooden bats," said Mt. Hebron coach Brian Culley.
Wooden bats generally cost less than high-end aluminum bats, but players may break one or two wooden bats throughout the course of a season.