7 pieces of sport equipment that were banned – from metal bat to sticky gloves

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

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

Not just limited to training and nutrition, thousands of hours of thought goes into the latest equipment that professional stars can use.

And that has caused a headache for sporting bodies to try and determine what keeps competition in the 'spirit of the game'.

And with that in mind, Daily Star Sport is looking at seven pieces of equipment that are banned in various sports.

Nike Snood – Football

Have you ever wondered why no Premier League footballers have followed in the footsteps of Carlos Tevez or Samir Nasri by wearing a snood?

Well, wonder no more because, in 2011, they were banned by IFAB after being deemed too dangerous.

Snoods fell foul of IFAB's rule 4: "A player must not use equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to himself or another player."

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter weighed in on the debate: "A snood is not part of the equipment, and it can be dangerous, even like hanging somebody.

"The decision was unanimous. There was not even a discussion because this is not part of the uniform."

Should any current sporting equipment be banned? Let us know in the comments section

Nike Alphafly – Marathon

Everything about Eliud Kipchoge's 1:59 marathon was scientific: from the pacemakers creating a slipstream to the choice of route in Vienna, but it was his shoes that were eventually banned.


Nike claimed that the Alphafly trainers made 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 entire sports shoe market.

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

Supersuits – Swimming

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At the Beijing Olympics, in 2008, 98% of medals were awarded to swimmers who wore Speedo’s LZR Racer swimsuit.

Michael Phelps was one of the sporting superstars that donned the infamous swimsuit, but, crucially, the Japanese national team didn't.

Japan held an exclusive contract, and they were unable to wear Speedo swimsuits, but after Olympic failure, Japan went back on their word and allowed athletes to wear them.

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

Aluminium bats – MLB

Up until the MLB, aluminium bats are more commonplace than their wooden counterparts.

However, aluminium bats are banned in the MLB.

The reason they're banned is for the safety of opposition players and fans, who make catching a foul ball a sport in itself.

Wooden bats slow down the ball, but it doesn't stop batters from regularly hitting 100kmp/h and over 300ft in crowd-pleasing home runs.

Long socks – Cycling

Yes, you read that right, cyclists are banned from wearing long socks.

The UCI made the preemptive move to ban long socks in fear that cyclists would gain an unfair advantage by using compression socks.

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

The ruling is socks can't be longer than the midpoint between the shin and the knee, either way, Evenepoel immediately pulled his socks up after starting.

Stickum – NFL

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

While the NFL initially turned a blind eye they banned after Lester Hayes, who was a cornerback, crossed the line.

Hayes saw what his opposite number did, and dialled it to 11, and he covered himself in Stickum – causing other players to stick to him in the scrimmage.

However, after it was outlawed, Jerry Rice confirmed that players continued to use it.

'Ninja' headbands – NBA

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

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

Young upstarts and seasoned veterans could be seen sporting the headbands, with the tie flowing down their backs, and it was that small detail that stopped the trend in its tracks.

The NBA banned the style, citing 'safety concerns'.

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