BACKGROUND: The Shuttle Baseball was a new ball innovation first introduced in Fall 2010. It was originally promoted as a physical education activity for middle school kids. Players were instructed to hit a solid foam baseball attached to a birdie. Pitches would be thrown using a normal overhand delivery, but with a tight spiral rotation similar to how a football is thrown. This ensured the nose and tail remained in a straight line during flight. The tail generated aerodynamic wind drag causing the shuttle baseball to move at 30% less speed for greater hitting success. Batted balls would have virtually no roll allowing for faster game play. No mitts would be required. Ages 8+