Little League’s bat rule has parents upset, sporting goods shops tapped out


IT’S A NEW SEASON, AND FOR THESE
LITTLE LEAGUERS, ALL NEW BATS.>>I DON’T THINK IT’S IDEAL. IT DOES MAKE SENSE FOR FAMILIES
TO HAVE TO INCH PENNIES. — PINCH PENNIES.>>AFTER BUYING A BAT FOR HIS
7-YEAR-OLD LAST YEAR PETER
ANDERSON HAD TO SHELL OUT MORE
CASH FOR A NEW ONE THIS YEAR. AND WITH HIGH DEMAND, HE STRUCK
OUT FINDING ONE IN STORES.>>I TRIED TO GO TO A SPORTING
GOODS STORE AND FIND ONE.>>IN THE 50-DOLLAR PRICE RANGE
FOR LITTLE LEAGUE APPROVED BATS,
YEAH, IT’S PRETTY SOLD OUT RIGHT
NOW.>>BURGHARDT’S IN FOX POINT IS
LOADED WITH BATS, JUST NOT ONES
APPROVED FOR LITTLE LEAGUE
ESPECIALLY THOSE COSTING LESS
THAN 100 DOLLARS. HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW
SHIPMENT TO REFILL THESE RACKS.>>WE ARE NOT ALONE. THIS IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE. THOSE LITTLE LEAGUE BATS AT
THOSE PRICE POINTS, THEY DID NOT
MAKE ENOUGH OF THEM.>>THE BAT STILL LOOKS ALUMINUM
BUT IT’S A MATERIAL WHERE THE
BALL DOESN’T JUMP OFF IT LIKE IT
USED TO. GREG LODL WITH WHITEFISH BAY
LITTLE LEAGUE SAYS HIS BIGGEST
CHALLENGE HAS BEEN MAKING SURE
PARENTS KNOW ABOUT CHANGE.>>THIS PAST WEEKEND WAS OUR
OPENING WEEKEND AND I KNOW THERE
WERE ISSUES OF USING THE WRONG
BATS.

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