536Friday, March 16, 2007

7:30 AM-8:30 AMConvention Center:314
Offensive Impact of the ‘Catalyst’ bat on Div I Collegiate Softball Programs
This study investigated the relationship between composite bat technology, ball Coefficient of Restitution, and 13 offensive statistics. Data generated by 28 NCAA Division I Louisville Slugger sponsored programs from the 2002-2005 seasons was analyzed. The results indicated no effect for the COR change, but an effect for change in bat technology. Of the seven statistical categories utilized in the one-way ANOVA, five of them returned a significant result. Most significant was the impact of the composite bat on producing more home runs, higher slugging percentages, and better batting averages. The descriptive statistics indicated a 45% increase in mean homeruns
Keyword(s): college level issues, facilities/equipment, technology
Speaker: Barbara Osborne, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

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