Interscholastic activities; exclusive use of wood baseball bats. (HB273)

Introduced By

Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Interscholastic activities; baseball bats. Requires any nonprofit corporation founded in Virginia in 1913 that currently organizes and governs interscholastic activities among the public high schools to develop, implement, and enforce rules requiring the exclusive use of wood or wood composite baseball bats in interscholastic baseball or softball activities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086553644
01/02/2008Referred to Committee on Education
01/23/2008Continued to 2009 in Education


Mark Blacknell writes:

Really, this should be a matter of law?

I didn't use it, but the WTF tag is quite appropriate.

Tim McCormack writes:

Wow, what one, single organization is this targeting? Note the "founded in ... 1913"

I hope this is a joke of some sort.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I believe that the state is prohibited from passing laws designed to affect a single private organization. (Recall that Maryland's "Wal-Mart Law," requiring them to provide health care, was written to apply only to private retail employers with more than X employees and Y locations. Wal-Mart was, of course, the only company to whom the law applied.) So when laws are passed, they look like this. Pretty bizarre.

Anyhow, this rang a bell with me. I spoke to a group about blogging a year ago, and one of the folks in the audience ran some state high school athletic organization. Turns out that's it -- the Virginia High School League, HQd here in Charlottesville.

John Linthicum writes:

If the General Assembly is charged with VHSL governance, then these types of things are totally appropriate, but as long as they're not, then this bill should die. I'd love to see the VHSL address the "steroid" issue with regards to HS athletics in the state. Mandating wood bats should be a "rules of the game" issue, not a law.

757 Moderate writes:

I think the bill is intended to target the safety of high schoolers who currently play baseball and softball. With the speed at which balls come off metal bats, this is very appropriate.

Shawn Pattison writes:

The VHSL should be able to make this determination without being compelled by government. Kill the bill.

Coach writes:

The GA has no business getting into making rules for sports and once it starts it will not stop. Look for "laws" that deal with scoring. "Laws" that deal with squad sizes, playing time and diversication on teams as a matter of law. There has not been any evidence that serious injuries have occurred due to metal bats. Last year one coach was killed from a ball off a wood bat. Now MLB wants coaches to wear some form of helmet when coaching but the coach killed wasn't hit in the head. Soon we will have a law as to how old a base coach can be to make sure older coaches are not in harms way. Bad Law......The Va. GA should stick to laws like banning replicas of male genitals on vehicles.

NoVa Baseball Coach writes:

Do I think the ball jumps off composite bats faster than wood - yes. Does it matter a lick to kids that have used them their entire lives? not one bit. Lest we forget, wood bats break - a lot. Most these kids are paying a couple (2-300) hundred dollars for a metal bat and it will last them a year or more. A decent wood bat is 40-50 dollars and a player will break 6-8 of them in the same time frame. In a recent wood bat game, I saw three kids lose wood bats in one inning. Keep in mind - the younger the player the more likely they are to hit a ball off the handle, resulting in more broken bats. Why not start this crusade with the colleges? - better, stronger hitters that would benefit from having to use wood if they wanted to continue after college. Yes, HS kids are bigger than they used to be, but they really aren't creating a dangerous situation by using a metal bat.

robert legge writes:

I assume that some pitcher was hit by a batted ball off a metal bat and suffered a head injury. I'm surprised they are not calling this Ted's Law or whoever got hit. But I really do hate hearing that awful "ping". Bring back the crack of the bat.

robert legge writes:

"Wait'll next year" is another way of saying this bill was withdrawn.