Breaking Point

SpiderBats is Focused on Broken Bat Safety in Baseball; America's Favorite Pastime Sport



Are the new rules for maple bats enough to ensure the safety for people on and off the field?

Should maple bats be banned from baseball?

Is enough being done to protect players and fans from broken bats?

When something potentially dangerous happens over and over, it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. You have to know when there is potential for the bad stuff to happen. A baseball bat flying apart is bad stuff!

It is obvious to anyone that has wittnessed what happens when a bat fails near the handle at the top of the follow thru:

  1. 90% of the bat flies off at high speeds toward the stands.
  2. The bat is spinning.
  3. There is a spear like end and heavy blunt end.

Now, anyone that wittnesses this should know that after 100 of these events, something very bad is likely to happen. Imagine a broken bat coming at you while you have a beer in one hand and hot dog in the other. It is spinning so you really don't know how to defend yourself. You don't have much time to react so you put your hands up. The sharp end of the bat goes between your arms and into your body...It's gruesome to think about but the potential is there.

Recent News: Fan struck and bloodied by broken bat at Fenway Park

Older Headlines: Colvin in hospital after bat punctures chest



It's a proven fact, maple bats are dangerous. Truth is, any wood bat is dangerous. Maple bats however pose an immediate high level risk to players, fans, coaches and umpires. Players want maple because the wood is hard throughout unlike ash which has distinctive hard and soft layers (see wood). Soft layers absorb more energy and tend to dent or splinter over time; however, a crack propagating through the bat can be disrupted by these layers. Since maple bats only have hard layers, cracks propagate through them much more readily. The result is a clean fracture. When a bat fractures in this manner, only a small percentage of the bats kinetic energy is absorbed resulting in large projectiles with sharp ends spinning violently through the air.

SpiderBats has developed a technology called WebWrap™ that holds the bat together and prevents large pieces of wood from becoming dangerous projectiles.  WebWrap is an ultra lightweight winding of high strength fibers often used in bullet proof vest applications.  The mass of the fiber reinforcement is less than 0.1% the mass of the wood bat; essentially a spider’s web. 

Below are two tests conducted to show the performance of the WebWrap™.  To the left, a maple bat without WebWrap™ and to the right, a maple bat with WebWrap™. You can really see the difference.


Maple Bat without WebWrap
Maple Bat with WebWrap
Two tests conducted to show the performance of the WebWrap.  To the left, a maple bat without WebWrap™ and to the right, a maple bat with WebWrap. You can really see the difference.




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