Combat Sports Bought By Bauer

It has just been announced that Combat has been purchased by Bauer.

Combat, a manufacturer of high end composite baseball bats and softball bats, after initial success with the Combat B1 youth bat and the Combat B2 youth baseball bat, suffered major financial losses as a result of the sudden rule change by Little League that effectively banned the use of several of Combat baseball bats.

At the time of the Little League composite bat rule change, Combat youth baseball bats were the most popular and best selling baseball bats for youth leagues. Combat made the decision to accept banned bats back from customers, a move that cost the company a fortune, but one that was looked upon in the baseball community as ‘doing the right thing’.

The purchase by such a dominant company in the hockey gear and lacrosse equipment world should give Combat the much needed funds and organization to once again compete with giants like Louisville Slugger, Easton and DeMarini.

What Is The Best BBCOR Baseball Bat For 2013?

We want to know what you think. What BBCOR Bat is best for 2013? Vote for up to three 2013 BBCOR bats.

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ASA To End “Grandfathering” Of Pre 2008 ASA Softball Bats In Early 2012?

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UPDATE: This did not come to pass. We have heard from ASA officials that ASA would rather use a softer softball to curb bat performance, rather than change the bat rules again.

2008 and prior ASA softball bats that were grandfathered in and legal for play in ASA, will no longer be legal in a few weeks. More to come.

This means your Easton Extended, Easton SCN8 and all other pre abi (advanced break in) bats are going to be worthless in about week (according to what we heard).

Combat B4 Baseball Bat

We have a few details about the new Combat B4 Baseball Bat for youth league and Little League play. First of all, the new Combat B4 is approved on the Little League website. Combat expects the B4 to be released and arrive to dealers in early to mid June of 2011. Like most Combat youth bats, initial Combat B4 availability will be extremely limited.

The B4 will come in a drop -10 ounce and drop -12 ounce.

  • Maximum Perforance
  • Ultra Soft Feel
  • Super Sweespot Size
  • Variable Stiffness Technology
  • Blended Fiber Technology
  • Single Wall Construction
  • Long Barrel
  • 2011 Approved for Play in Little League BBP 1.15
  • USSSA BPF 1.15
  • Approved for play in Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, PONY Baseball, AABC
  • 2 1/4″ Diameter

Forget everything you have ever known about composite bats. This is it! Combat’s Single Wall construction allows for longer barrel lengths and lighter bats, resulting in maximum allowable performance.

Combat B4 Baseball Bat

Combat B4 Baseball Bat

Combat B3 Gear Retrofit Baseball Bat Announced Legal on Little League Website

A mysterious new Combat baseball bat has shown up on the approved composite bat list for Little League.

Apparently, Little League contacted Combat and recommended that Combat place a ring inside the barrel of the current Combat B3 Gear in hopes that the retrofit ring would allow the current Combat Gear to pass the strict new Little League composite bat test. Combat made the minor modification as Little League suggested and submitted the Combat B3 Gear Retrofit Baseball Bat for testing where it passed no problem.

As to what happens next, we don’t know. We should have more details on this before April 15th. Combat has not actually said whether this bat will be made or not.

The pictures of the Combat B3 Gear Retrofit look exactly like the current B3 Gear from the picture on Little Leagues website. The similarity of the two Combat Gear bats is most certainly going to lead to confusion among parents and umpires.

Legal Little League Composite Bats

Legal Little League Composite Bats

What is the Best BBCOR Bat for 2013

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Check out as we update the list for 2013 BBCOR Baseball Bats

[poll id=”1″]The new BBCOR bats have brought in a new era of baseball bats.  Every bat manufacturer in the country seems to have a BBCOR bat offering, even the smaller bat makers like Marruci and Rip It have introduced a bat with the BBCOR Certification.

We hit every BBCOR bat on the market for three weeks straight at our batting cages.  Combined, we put in over 10,000 swings on these bats. It all came down to sting, vibration and balance of the bat. All BBCOR bats have a smaller barrel than their BESR counter parts. All BBCOR bats feel heavier because more weight is distributed to the end of the barrel.

Here is the ugly truth about BBCOR bats… The “pop” is almost indistinguishable between bats.  However, that is where the similarities end and the testing begins.

There were clear “winners” in the shootout. Not because one bat hit the ball further every time, but because one bat allows you to control the bat better and put the sweet spot on the ball more consistently. While they all hit the ball approximately the same distance, several bats had advantages in comfort and swingability that will ultimately help you be a better hitter.

How the bats differ: Vibration, Sound, Balance (more/less end heavy) and bat control.

One Piece BBCOR Bats:

  • Rip It Prototype 2TOP CHOICE – This BBCOR bat from Rip It was a pleasant surprise and proved to be the top dog in our testing. It hits as hard as any BBCOR on the market. It has good balance, little to no vibration and above average pop. The Rip It Prototype 2 has a VERY LOUD metal “ping”, almost to the point of hurting our ears. With the Rip It “Love it or we’ll buy it back” 30 day guarantee, you have nothing to lose with the Rip It BBCOR bat.
  • Marruci Cat 5 – TOP CHOICE (NOW BANNED in 33″/30oz) – The Marruci BBCOR bat is the lightest feeling bbcor on the market. The Cat 5 has ZERO vibration and swings very well. This bat is as good as the Easton Surge and Demarini Voodoo but sells for $100 less. Hit it and see for yourself.
  • Marucci Team Series – We have not swung the Marucci Team Series BBCOR yet. We will update the site the instant we do.
  • TPX Z1000 – The TPX Z1000 BBCOR is the most balanced bat in the group. Great pop and feel. No vibration at all.
  • TPX Omaha – The Omaha BBCOR bat has a nice grip and does not feel as heavy as other bats but there is a little sting and vibration on mis-hits.
  • Rawlings 5150 / Worth Toxic (Same bat, different name) – Surprisingly, this bat was our second favorite one piece BBCOR bat. It had good balance and very little vibration. The grip is nice and fat too.
  • Rawlings Velo 5150 – The difference between the Velo and the original 5150 is the end cap. For an extra $50 Rawlings will sell you a Velo with an upgraded end cap that actually does reduce vibration and ever so slightly extends the sweet spot.
  • Combat Backbone – A very good practice BBCOR bat but nothing we would ever use in a game. This bat is a great training tool, but do not fool yourself into thinking that this bat is for anything other than practice.
  • Combat B3 – The Combat B3 is another good BBCOR bat with very little vibration and good pop, but we do not like the price. For $50 less the Voodoo is just as good of a baseball bat.
  • Combat 52 CaliberMaybe all of us testers were having a bad day, but the 52 Cal from Combat was stinging our hands like crazy. We are going to retest soon… UPDATE: We swung the same Combat 52 Caliber again today and there was no vibration at all (Did it break in?). It feels similar to the B3AB but stiffer. It is balanced well and swings easy. No complaints here.
  • Combat Classic – This $199 100% composite BBCOR bat is the only minus 3 all composite bat under $349. If you are looking for a value priced 100% composite BBCOR, the Combat Classic is there to fill your need. It is fairly well balanced, but does have a small amount of vibration.
  • Worth Prodigy Legit – Very good bat here. Extremely similar to the Rawlings 5150. A small amount of vibration is felt when swinging, but is to be expected on a one-piece aluminum. Soft, fat grip is comfortable.

Two Piece BBCOR Bats

  • Marucci Black – TOP CHOICE -Marucci Black BBCOR swings pretty well. It is a little more end loaded than the Cat 5, but just barely, and Marucci is still calling the Black a balanced bat. The new AV5 harmonic dampening knob prevents almost all vibration. We had an extremely limited first go around with the new Marucci Black BBCOR, but we just got a 32″/29oz and 33″/30oz in stock to try out. We’ll do a much more in depth review shortly.
  • 2012 Demarini Voodoo – TOP CHOICE – The Voodoo baseball bat was at the top of the list for best BBCOR bat on the market. No vibration, balanced feel and a proven durable alloy. You can’t go wrong with the Demarini Voodoo.
  • 2012 Demarini Vexxum – The Vexxum hits just as hard as the Voodoo (it is made from the same metal after all), but it does have more vibration than a Voodoo BBCOR. If you have the extra $100 go for the Voodoo.
  • 2012 aston S1 – Easton has a winner with the S1 BBCOR. A smooth feel and no vibration to speak of help the Easton S1 rise to near the top of the pack of current bats for High School and College.
  • DeMarini M2M – Untested
  • Rawlings Machine – End loaded with a composite handle and 5150 alloy barrel. If you are a power hitter, and like an end loaded bat, we would suggest the Rawlings Machine.
  • Easton Surge – The Surge by Easton Mako Torq was at the top as well. Just like the Demarini Voodoo, the Easton Surge has zero sting/vibration while the light feel allowed us to swing and control the bat better in order to get the bat through the hitting zone. The Surge BBCOR is a great bat. If you are an Easton fan then this is the Easton BBCOR for you.
  • 2012 PX Exogrid –  TPX Exogrid is another good BBCOR. Aluminum barrel bats seem to be the winners so far in the BBCOR world. As is the case with the Z1000, the Exogrid has little to no vibration and great pop.
  • 2012 Demarini CF5 – Well balanced and great pop. If you love composite bats, the DeMarini CF5 is the baseball bat for you. Like all high end bats, the CF5 has zero vibration and excellent pop. The con is the bat tops out at $400. You will do just as well with a Voodoo at $100 less. When the CF5 goes on sale in April, 2012, you should pick one up.
  • 2013 DeMarini CF5 – Unchanged from 2012 aside from graphics.
  • 2013 DeMarini Voodoo – The composite handle remains unchanged from the 2012 Voodoo. The big change for the 2013 Voodoo BBCOR is a new X10 alloy in the barrel. The 2013 DeMarini Voodoo X10 alloy is stronger than the older, SC4 alloy, allowing DeMarini to make the walls even thinner, while still adhering to BBCOR standars.
  • 2013 DeMarini M2M – The M2M BBCOR gets the new, stronger X10 alloy (just like the  2013 Voodoo and 2013 Vexxum). Because the handle is metal, the 2013 M2M is stiffer and provides more feedback to the batter.
  • 2013 DeMarini Vexxum – For 2013, the Vexxum gets the new X10 alloy. Exclusive to DeMarini, the X10 alloy in the barrel is stronger and lighter than the 2012 SC4 alloy. Expect better balance, thinner walls and a small jump in performance from the 2013 DeMarini Vexxum BBCOR. Also, added for 2013 is the N2M end cap, which decreases vibration.
  • Combat Grifter – The Grifter from Combat has a small barrel, and you can tell just by looking at it. We are not impressed.
Check out our breakdown of the 2012 Easton Power Brigade BBCOR bats.
Special thank you to Home Run Park batting cages in Anaheim, CA for letting us use their 90 MPH batting cages to try out our BBCOR bats.

Combat B3 Adult Baseball Bat is released to limited dealers


Combat B3 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Combat has done it again and released possibly the best bbcor baseball bat on the market with the all new Combat B3AB Adult Baseball Bat. We have hit with it and we are impressed with this composite bats pop, sound, feel, balance, and grip.

Technical info: Combat stiffened up the barrel to meet the BBCOR bat standards put into place by NCAA, NFHS and CIF in California.