4 Reasons the new USA Bat Standard is a good thing

By now you may have heard about the upcoming rule change going in to affect on January 1st, 2018. Little League, Pony, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, and almost every other youth baseball organization is adopting a new youth baseball bat standard: USABat Standard bats.

 

  1. The Integrity of the Game

Little League and Pony, the two largest youth baseball organizations by far, insist the change is needed for the “integrity of the game”.  What this means is since the development of high-end composite baseball bats in the early 2000s, bat manufacturers have been able to design and build bats with such large sweet spots and light swing weights, today’s youth baseball players have seen a dramatic increase in offense. The USABat Standard will decrease the allowable size of the barrel and sweet spot.

2. Big Barrel Bats For Little League

One great new thing about the new youth bat standard is that Little League will now allow baseball bats with a 2 5/8 inch diameter barrel (as well as 2 1/4″ still). Up until now, Little League has required the use of a 2 1/4 inch diameter barrel on all of their bats for youth baseball players. The USABat Standard will change this rule. One thing to keep in mind, however, is the sweet spot will be much smaller on the new bats than the sweet spot on the current big barrel bats available on the market.

3. Standardization

Under the new bat standard, Little League Baseball and Pony Baseball will use the same bats. The only reason you would ever need to get two different baths would be if you were playing travel baseball under USSSA rules.

4. Safety

While the organizations have come out and said that the change to the USABat Standards is not due to safety reasons, the simple fact is these bats will not perform as well as the current bats do. The decrease in barrel size as well as the potentially slower speeds off the bat should increase reaction time for the defense.

Little League: Do’s and Dont’s for Parents

Little league has no “real” umps at games, but they do have volunteers that take the time to learn the rules for little league play.

But there seems to be unwritten rules for players to follow once they step onto the field. The following are suggestions from the parents’ sides of little league, as they often get a bad rap just because they were looking out for their slugger as he stepped up to bat.

THE DON’TS

  1. Don’t play amateur umpire. Often times, the biggest arguments aren’t on the field, but in the stands because your kid was called out or the play wasn’t fair. Remember the ump’s view is a different angle and much closer. Unless you have a solid reason to suspect unfair play, give him the benefit of the doubt or take it up after the game.
  2. Don’t assume everyone wants to hear a stream of criticism about the ump or other players. Remember: that’s their kid out there too and players are learning at this age, not experts.
  3. If you are coaching, remember; you are the teacher and your players learn far more than baseball from you.  For example, if you try to make every one a “star” or de-emphasize those players that you know won’t make the “cut”, it sends an unrealistic or even unkind message.
  4. If you are a parent, be a parent. Kids and coaches will tell you, please do not coach from the stands. This can make your player more nervous that they already are and it is very distracting. Last thing you want if for the game to turn into a chore rather than a fun and learning experience.
  5. Don’t yell at your child in from of his or her team. You might think this should go without saying, but at just about every game, there is an upset parent. Again, this takes the fun out of the game and creates embarrassment in front of other people.
  6. Don’t expect an “all star” performance every time. Remember that the younger the player, the more the game is just that: a game. New skills and coordination take ti

THE DO’S

  1. Do let your player play his or her own game.
  2. Have fun and your child will too. The younger your player is, the more likely they are playing for fun and not trying to build skills or win a game which comes later.
  3. If you are a coach, instruct, not destruct your players. In essence, avoid over coaching. Kids have shorter attention spans and each is in a different part of the learning cycle.
  4. If you are a parent, encourage the player. If you feel the need to criticize or become upset leave the field. Give yourself a “time out”.
  5. Develop and appreciation and understanding of the game. You will enjoy it more and your child will benefit from your example.
  6. Remembers that sports are a form of entertainment and excitement. The younger the player, the more likely they want to have fun without keeping score or taking the game too seriously.
  7. Do encourage you child to keep going. Games teach children about rules, fair play, teamwork and that fun is ok. There are many lessons to learn that have nothing to do with baseball.

Little league is a great place for family fun and togetherness. Don’t miss out!

 

The Right Bat Gets Better Little League Results

Little_League_Baseball_-_LogoYet, is a natural tendency for any Little League athlete to choose the heaviest bat in the pile to take to the batter’s box. However, a light bat is much simpler to control, which is often contrary to popular thinking. Professionals players often use a lighter bat because it is far easier to hit the ball farther and harder because the bat can be swung much faster.

The popularity of light bats has grown in recent years. Many sports bodies review the use of bats at all levels of play including high school, and the NCAA. They have incorporated rules prohibiting using bats that are too light. The reason for this is that any strong player could hit the ball so hard with a light bat, that they put college level infielder players at risk.

However, at the Little League level, playing with a light bat is considered a safe solution for players at nearly any level. Ideally, a lightweight bat for a Little League player allows him or her to produce the proper technique when swinging.

Contrary to popular belief, purchasing a bat that the young athlete will “grow into” simply does not produce the best results. Bats that are too heavy tend to help the Little League athlete develop bad habits, improper technique and can discourage participation. Whenever selecting the proper bat, always elect to choose the lighter one, especially at the Little League level.

The Materials

For as long as the game has been around, so have bats made out of wood. However, they tend to be heavy, are far less durable, and produce much less “pop” then what can be achieved through aluminum bats. Wooden bats should be left to the professionals and college players.

alumimum batsThe most common bats used in Little League are those that are fabricated out of aircraft-grade aluminum. Through advanced technology, bats are now able to be produced with walls that are much thinner and lighter in weight. Typically, expensive aluminum bats are built with stronger alloys to increase their durability and strength to produce a lightweight thin wall.

The more durability and strength in a Little League bat will minimize the potential for dents, especially during cold weather. Parents can expect to spend anywhere from thirty to hundreds of dollars for the right Little League bat.

Remember, the right bat gets better little league results!

Coaching Tips: A Philosophy of Coaching Little League – Teaching Life Skills

There is a basic coaching philosophy for working with Little League athletes that’s not much different from being a coach at a higher level of education. The coach or coaches on the team act as a role model to every player.

Not only is the Little League athlete going to look to their coach for instruction and guidance, but they are constantly listening and watching their every move. Kids are always seeking out ways to understand how the coach acts and react to every type of  situation, especially the stressful ones.

For a young, impressionable Little League athlete, his or her coach can be a highly influential individual in their young life. Many an athlete, as they grow, look back and realize that a significant portion of their ongoing success in daily life, not just sports, is directly attributed to a great coach.

While it is important to teach effective baseball techniques to every Little League player that enhances their abilities to hit, catch or fielding a ground ball, there is much more to coaching. Each child also needs to learn skills like teamwork, work ethic, perseverance and how to maintain a positive attitude. These enhanced skills will help them on the baseball field, and later on in nearly every aspect of their life.

More than Just This Year

That’s why it is so important for the coach to understand that his or her job on the team will produce results not just for this year, but in many years to come. The skills the child develops during a successful or challenging season can help them refine their life skills on and off the field. Success at the Little League level is not just about winning the game, but about understanding how life works.

A great coach will have the ability to keep young players interested in participating in all types of sports, year after year. It’s up to the coach to think about exactly how he or she wants to be viewed by the Little League players and their parents. It takes effort, thought and hard work to become  a successful and inspiring coach.

It also takes a high level of patience, positive thinking, understanding every aspect of the game and getting to know what each player has to offer. When young players understand that you care for the game, and that their coach cares for the team even more, they can come to understand what team play and caring means outside of the sport.

So maybe coaching Little League is teaching life skills and love of the game!

 

 

 

 

 

What Is The Best DeMarini Baseball Bat?

So you all know that DeMarini has made a huge impact in the baseball bat world over the past ten years. DeMarini first came out with the Vexxum for high school and college play, and it took Easton and TPX by surprise. The Voodoo was right behind the Vexxum and offered the same barrel, but a more high performance composite handle than the Vexxum. Lastly, the full composite DeMarini baseball bats were released, like the CF4 and the CF5. The CF5 is an extremely balanced baseball bat and is among the most popular bat models in baseball.

So the question is: What is the best DeMarini baseball bat?

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2013 DeMarini Baseball Bats

DeMarini has officially announced details of their new 2013 baseball bats. We have not swung them yet, but we expect good things as always from the Oregon baseball bat company founded by Ray DeMarni.

DeMarini will keep the 2013 CF5, 2013 VooDoo, 2013 Vexxum and 2013 M2M in the line with a few small changes. Bat manufacturers like DeMarini typically upgrade the composite or aluminum in the baseball bat to make the bats more durable.

2013 DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Bat

2013 DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Bat

The 2013 DeMarini CF5 gets a upgraded composite that is thinner and stronger (more durable).

2013 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR Baseball Bat High School and College

2013 DeMarini Voodoo Baseball Bat for BBCOR

The handle of the 2013 Voodoo baseball bat from Demarini gets the new composite, making it a little more durable.

2013 DeMarini Vexxum BBCOR Baseball Bat

2013 DeMarini Vexxum BBCOR Baseball Bat

The 2013 DeMarini Vexxum has a new end cap. And is a solid choice for anyone looking for a more balanced baseball bat a price that is not out of the park.

2013 DeMarini M2M Baseball Bat BBCOR

2013 DeMarini M2M Baseball Bat BBCOR

The 2013 DeMarini M2M gets the best graphics of all the new DeMarini baseball bats.

2012 Anderson NanoTek Baseball Bats and Softball Bats Go Composite

Since 1999, when Anderson made their first softball bat, there has been only one composite bat to come out of their company, the Anderson Matrix for slow pitch softball.

For 2012, across it’s entire line, they are releasing the Anderson NanoTek with a composite handle in both baseball bats and softball bats.

The Anderson NanoTek BBCOR baseball bat has been in the works for over a year and is expected to hit stores sometime in October or November, 2011

We have an email into Anderson requesting more information regarding the composite material they are using in the new NanoTek bats and we will update this post as soon as we get the down and dirty details.

DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bats Arriving This Week

We have confirmation that some sizes in the BBCOR CF5 and  Little League DeMarini CF5 baseball bats have been shipped from DeMarini headquarters in Oregon to at least a few of their dealers.

CheapBats.com said they should have the DeMarini CF5 in the sizes and models listed below by Thursday this week.

BBCOR DeMarini CF5

  • 32/29oz

Little League DeMarini CF5

  • 29″/18oz
  • 30″/19oz
  • 31″/20oz
  • 32″/21oz

The new DeMarini CF5 bat is the most highly anticipated baseball bat we have seen in a while. DeMarini is using a new, lighter composite that will help the bat feel lighter and swing easier, a huge advantage in BBCOR bats. For Little League, this will be the first all composite baseball bat to hit the market since the new Little League composite bat testing procedures went into effect at the beginning of 2011.

UPDATE: They have arrived.

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

Who Is To Blame For The Little League Bat Mess?

Little League banned composite bats. Who is responsible?

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Little League Upset at Other Youth Baseball Organizations?

We have heard Little League may be bothered by the lack of ANY other youth baseball organization following their lead when they banned composite bats.

Previously, Little League had researched and adopted baseball bat standards for itself and most other youth leagues. By doing this, everyone was always in agreement of what standards needed to be put in place on bats. Moving forward, Little League may not allow other youth leagues to “piggy back” on all of their work, leaving all the other organizations to fend for themselves and decide what bat standards to enforce and not enforce.

If this happens, it may create two standards of youth baseball bats. One standard for 2 1/4″ Little League baseball bats and another for 2 1/4″ Pony, USSSA, Nations, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Dixie baseball bats.

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