Seven banned pieces of sports equipment – from metal bats to sticky gloves

The beauty of sport is that it pits two or more individuals, or teams, against each other in an athletic ability test.

But, in recent years, the dreamer’s approach to sport has changed as the use of science has increased.

Not just limited to training and nutrition, there are thousands of hours of thinking about the latest equipment that pro stars can use.

And it has caused a headache for sports organizations to try to determine what keeps competition in the “spirit of the game”.

And with that in mind, Daily Star Sport examines seven pieces of equipment banned in various sports.

Nike Snood – Football

Tevez put on the snood

Have you ever wondered why no Premier League footballer has followed in Carlos Tevez or Samir Nasri’s footsteps by wearing a snood?

Well, don’t ask yourself the question anymore because in 2011 they were banned by the IFAB after being deemed too dangerous.

The snoods broke IFAB rule 4: “A player must not use any equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to himself or to another player.”

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter intervened in the debate: “A snood is not part of the equipment, and it can be dangerous, even like hanging someone.

“The decision was unanimous. There was not even a discussion because it is not part of the uniform.”

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Nike Alphafly – Marathon

The Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wears the prototype Nike AlphaFly shoes as he stands after his attempt to cross the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12, 2019 in Vienna, - With a time of 1h 59min 40.2 sec, the Olympic champion became the very first to run a marathon in less than two hours in Prater Park with the route prepared to make it as uniform as possible
Kipchoge finished a marathon in less than two hours with these shoes

Everything about Eliud Kipchoge’s 1h59 marathon was scientific: pacemakers creating a trail to choose from in Vienna, but it was his shoes that were ultimately banned.

Nike claimed that Alphafly sneakers make runners 4% more efficient.

And they were banned by World Athletics when they were deemed to give athletes an unfair advantage.

Lord Seb Coe said: “It is not our job to regulate the whole sports shoe market.

“But it is our duty to preserve the integrity of elite competition by ensuring that the shoes worn by elite athletes in competition do not offer any unfair help or advantage.”

Tracksuits – Swimming

Swimmer Michael Phelps of the United States of America appears as a hologram modeling the new Speedo LZR Racer suit when launched at the Gymnasium on February 12, 2008 in London, England.
98% of medals in Beijing 2008 went to athletes wearing the suit

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At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 98% of medals were awarded to swimmers wearing Speedo’s LZR Racer swimsuits.

Michael Phelps was one of the sports superstars who donned the infamous swimsuit, but, more importantly, the Japanese national team did not.

Japan had an exclusive contract and they couldn’t wear Speedo swimsuits, but after the Olympic failure, Japan went back on their word and allowed athletes to wear them.

FINA voted to ban all body-length equipment, which covered the LZP swimsuit.

Aluminum rackets – MLB

The new ‘hi-tech’ aluminum composite bats are part of the equipment now used by high school teams such as St. Thomas Academy during their game with South St. Paul on April 17, 2012 in South St. Paul, MN.]
Aluminum bats are used up to MLB

Until the MLB, aluminum bats were more common than their wooden counterparts.

However, aluminum bats are prohibited in MLB.

The reason they are banned is for the safety of opposing players and supporters, who make catching a foul ball a sport in itself.

Wooden bats slow the ball down, but that doesn’t stop batsmen from consistently hitting 100 km / h and over 300 feet in crowd-pleasing home runs.

Long socks – Cycling

Remco Evenepoel of Belgium / during the 92nd UCI Road World Championships 2019, Men's Elite Individual Time Trial a 54km race from Northhallerton to Harrogate 121m / ITT / @ Yorkshire2019 / # Yorkshire2019 / on September 25, 2019 in Harrogate, England .
Remco Evenepoel has driven the UCI’s wrath

Yes, you read that correctly, cyclists are prohibited from wearing long socks.

The UCI took the precautionary decision to ban long socks for fear that cyclists would gain an unfair advantage by using compression socks.

However, this had led to some interesting situations; infamously, at the 2019 World Championships, UCI officials literally pulled out the ruler to measure the height of Remco Evenepoel’s sock.

The ruling is that the socks cannot be longer than the middle between the shin and the knee, anyway, Evenepoel immediately removed his socks after starting.

Stickum – NFL

Oakland Raiders Lester Hayes (37) sidelined putting the stickum on his hands during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Louisiana Superdome.  New Orleans, LA 25/01/1981 CREDIT: Heinz Kluetmeier
Lester Hayes got Stickum banned

Stickum is an adhesive that was once used by wide receivers in the NFL to help catch the ball.

While the NFL initially closed its eyes, it banned after Lester Hayes, who was a cornerback, crossed the line.

Hayes saw what his counterpart did and dialed it up at 11, and he covered himself with Stickum – forcing the other players to hold on to him in the fray.

However, after his ban, Jerry Rice confirmed that players continue to use him.

‘Ninja’ Headbands – NBA

The Philadelphia 76ers Jimmy Butler # 23 headband is seen during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 30, 2019 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
‘Ninja’ headbands were a huge trend in the NBA in 2018

The NBA has had its fair share of fashion trends over the years.

However, the one that rubbed NBA officials the wrong way was the headband trend of 2018.

You could see young newcomers and seasoned veterans wearing headbands, ties running down their backs, and it was that little detail that stopped the trend in its tracks.

The NBA banned the style, citing “safety concerns”.

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