On August 10, 2022, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics, announced that the 33” Stinger Missile 2 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBMSLE23) was decertified and banned from use in games at the collegiate level. More recently, on Thursday, August 25, 2022, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) followed suit and put out a statement saying, "Since the Missile II no longer has the BBCOR designation, effective immediately, this bat (33" length Stinger Bat Company Missile 22 aluminum bat) should be considered a non-compliant bat pursuant to NFHS Baseball Rules 1-3-2d and 7-4-1a."
As of August 26, 2022, all other sizes are still certified and the Stinger Missile 2 ban does NOT impact sizes 31, 32, or 34.
Here are some initial resources to learn more about the ban:
- Stinger's Official Update
- NCAA's Official Statement
- NFHS Official Statement
- The banned baseball bat: 33" Stinger Missile 2 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBMSLE23)
Here is Stinger’s official statement:
As always, it is our mission at Stinger Sports to make baseball more affordable by creating products with top performance at reasonable prices. When creating the Missile 2, we aimed to create a bat with optimal performance and close as possible to the .500 BBCOR limit. Unfortunately, there were a few 33" bats in our production that tested barely above this limit resulting in this decision by the NCAA to decertify the 33" model. We are committed to making this right for all of our valued customers by offering a full replacement credit for qualified purchases. We assure you that we are working diligently to get this resolved and get a top-performing Stinger Bat back in your hands as soon as possible.
To recap, at this time, the 33” length has been disallowed in NCAA and NFHS-sanctioned play. The reason, as stated above, is that the bat failed the proper test and was above the .500 BBCOR limit.
So, key takeaways of this recent news:
- Stinger's Missile 2 baseball bat has been banned by the NCAA AND NFHS, but only size option 33”
- Stinger has the right to appeal this decision
If you are impacted by this situation, as the bat carries a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty, you must go directly through Stinger for an exchange or voucher. Here are your options:
With all of that said, here are JustBats recommendations for potential replacements:
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