2012 Demarini CF5 Bats

The Demarini CF5 baseball bat for adult, senior youth and fast pitch softball should arrive in late April. The youth Demarini CF5 version appears to be delayed until June.

It will be a 100% composite bat with an improved composite weave that should make it stronger and provide more trampoline effect from the barrel.

Pics and more info to come as soon as DeMarini gives us permission to release them.

[Updated March 29th]

The best upgrade on the new Demarini CF5 is the lighter and stronger composite weave. This means a larger sweetspot and more trampoline from the barrel. Demarini didn’t stop at the barrel, the new end cap is also a leap in technology that uses an odd looking array of triangles to help lessen vibration on the new CF5 bats by focusing that energy back into the barrel (check out our pics below).

The 2012 Demarini CF5 bats should be available the third or fourth week of April, 2011. (All the new CF5 bats come with Free 2nd Day Air shipping from CheapBats.com)

Demarini CF5

Demarini CF5 End Cap

The grip of the new CF5 bats has changed to a gold color and it looks like it has triangles pressed into it.

Demarini CF5 Baseball Bat

Demarini CF5 Baseball Bat Grip/Handle

DeMarini CF4 Approved for Little League Play

Little League approves DeMarini CF4 Composite Baseball Bat (DXCFL) for play in 2011. The waiver test took longer than expected but Demarini has announced that the CF4 will be legal in play this year in Little League.

Demarini has long said they feel their bats would pass any test because they are built to NOT break in.

Little League Composite Barrel Moratorium Update From DeMarini Website: 02/15/2011: Little League Composite Barrel Moratorium Update. Thank you for your patience through this process. As of this morning, the 2011 Little League CF4 (CFL), has passed the waiver process and we have sent the results to be posted on their site.

The Little League Vendetta C6(VCL) did not. If your Little League Vendetta C6 is still within the warranty period and has not used its one time replacement we will offer a Little League CF4 (CFL) as its replacement. The original receipt would be required.

Note: The CF3 is NOT legal for Little League play.

Little League Approved Composite Bats

Little League Approved Composite Bats

Little League Composite Bat Test Uses Extreme amount of “rolling” to make bats fail

Here is a quote from an official with Little League regarding composite baseball bats that misconstrues the reality of the safety of composite bats.

“The moratorium is not the result of Little League changing its bat standards, nor was it influenced by any relationships with bat manufacturers,” said Patrick W. Wilson, Little League’s vice president of operations.

“The decision to place the moratorium on composite bats in Little League’s baseball divisions is based solely on the fact that scientific research showed that composite-barreled bats may exceed the performance standard that is printed on the bats, after the bats had been broken in.

In fact, Little League DID change it’s bat standards, here is how: The new test Little League uses on a composite bat simulates such an extreme amount of simulated use that the test in no way represents real world use, or even extreme real world use.

The “scientific research” is suspect. Anything altered to a point so far out of the specifications for normal use is going to fail.

We agree that safety in baseball should be Little Leagues number one priority, however a test this extreme is beneficial to nobody and does not use common sense.

Several high end composite baseball bats from Easton and Demarini have passed the waiver test so far.

Combat Issues Response To Little League Bat Ban

Combat is first out of the gate with a plan for Little League bats affected by the recent ban of composite bats in Little League. Combat has initiated a bat replacement program. Combat states they hope to work with Little League to revise the test as it

Combat Announcement re: LLB Moratorium on Youth Composite Bats

Combat Sports Inc., and our affiliated companies, have been designing, manufacturing and selling composite baseball and softball bats since 1998. Our current line-up has composite models in every category of play (from t-ball through all levels of baseball, all levels of fast-pitch and all levels of slow-pitch including senior slow-pitch) and we work very closely with the majority of Associations’ that govern play at every level. Further, Combat Sports respects all Associations’ rights to specify both the bat performance standard and bat test protocol and to change such as determined by those associations. However, with the exception of proven safety concerns, we also believe that any such change should include reasonable “grandfathering” of previously contractually approved bat models in order to prevent undue financial impact to player families, stores and manufacturers.

With regards to the current moratorium imposed by LLB on youth small barrel baseball bats, Combat Sports first received the new test protocol to be used to gain a moratorium waiver on the 14 January 2011. In our opinion, the new protocol represents a significant contractual change and (as reported elsewhere) involves extreme lab rolling. Our opinion is that this new protocol does not ensure that bats that pass will continue to meet BPF 1.15 during normal field use, nor does it ensure that bats that fail would not continue to meet BPF 1.15 during normal field use. Rather, failing the test protocol simply means that such a bat severely rolled exceeds the BPF standard. We have communicated this belief to the various youth associations and will continue to offer constructive inputs to improve the youth bat test protocol.

Important Note: All Combat composite youth bats (small barrel) remain legal for play in the following Associations: Babe Ruth Baseball (including Cal Ripken), Dixie Youth Baseball, Pony Baseball, USSSA, Super Series, etc.

With regards to the current moratorium waiver process, Combat has decided not to submit any further bat models until we have had the opportunity for the Associations’ involved to consider our concerns and constructive inputs regarding the new test protocol. We understand that this decision does not immediately help you, our valued customers, but we believe it is in the best long term interests of the baseball industry.

Shorter term, while unfortunate, accepting returns of all Combat bats impacted by LLB’s moratorium would seriously impact Combat’s ongoing business viability which is not an option.

Additionally, the following has been for a number of years Combat’s publicly stated policy regarding Association bat standard changes:

COMBAT STRIVES TO ENGINEER ITS SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL BATS TO COMPLY WITH CURRENT STANDARDS KNOWN BY VARIOUS GOVERNING ASSOCIATIONS. HOWEVER, COM BAT CANNOT CONTROL CHANGES IN THESE STANDARDS OR THE TESTING PROCEDURES EMPLOYED TO CHECK COM PLIANCE WITH THESE STANDARDS. AS SUCH, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT OUR BATS WILL REMAIN CERTIFIED AFTER ANY ASSOCIATION MAKES CHANGES TO ITS CERTIFICATION STANDARDS AND/OR PROCEDURES. COM BAT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY BAN IMPOSED ON THE BAT BY ANY ASSOCIATION.

Having considered the above information, and notwithstanding our stated policy above, the following Combat relief plan is designed to lessen undue financial hardship on most of our valued customers:
If you have purchased a Combat bat that is affected by this moratorium (since January 1st ,2010 and that bat has not already been replaced by warranty) we will replace it for any brand new Combat model of your choice for $100 (SUBJECT TO PRODUCT AVAILABILITY). This offer is open to all Combat models including any Baseball, Fastpitch or Slowpitch bat as well as any Hockey stick or Lacrosse shaft of your choice. Your new bat will be shipped to you prepaid and carry a brand new one year warranty. You MUST send in with the returned bat, the original receipt from an authorized dealer in order to process this order. This offer will remain open until May 1st, 2011.

In addition, we will send you a $50 gift certificate that will be good until June 1st, 2012 on any future Combat bat purchase through our online shopping cart. Full details will be provided with your returned bat package.

Exchange Process:

Please call the number below or email for an RA number, and provide us with the following information – new bat request, your full name, address, phone number, email address and place of purchase – we will then send you an email confirmation with this RA number. Please allow 2 to 3 days response time based on anticipated volume of calls / emails.

Once we receive your returned bat (along with valid receipt) your order will be processed and sent to you directly via UPS. Please understand that we will do our very best to ship your replacement bat in a timely manner and we will advise you as best we can of the estimated delivery date once we receive your returned bat. Confirmed turnaround times are impossible to predict without knowing how many bats we will be replacing. This will be our highest priority and we will do our best to move this process along as quickly as possible.

United States: 1 866 266 2287 or email returns@combatsportsgroup.com

OR

Canada: 1 866 904 2287 or email returns@combatsportsgroup.ca

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their understanding and
continued support during these difficult times

Sincerely,

The Combat Management Team.

Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth back off composite bat ban

Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth back off the composite bat ban. Little League is now the only youth baseball organization that has banned the use of composite bats.

Babe Ruth press release

TO:
League Presidents and District, State & Regional Commissioners
FROM:
Steven M. Tellefsen, President/CEO
DATE:
February 4, 2011
RE: Composite Bats- Cal Ripken Division

Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats for the Cal Ripken Division effective immediately.  This applies only to the 2 ¼” barrel bats.

All bats must be stamped “Approved For Play in Babe Ruth Baseball” and meet the requirement of Rule 1.10 in the Babe Ruth League, Inc. 2011 Baseball Rules and Regulations for 2 ¼” baseball bats.

Note:  The Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball age divisions will continue to have the moratorium in force as explained in the memo dated October 26, 2010.  As was stated in this memo, all approved composite bat models for the Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball Divisions are listed at www.nfhs.org.

Easton Omen Composite Bats Approved By Little League

The composite Easton Omen Baseball Bat has been approved for play by Little League.

Minus 12 ounce Easton Omen and Minus 10 ounce Easton Omen

They are currently $199.95 and are hard to come by.

Aluminum Bats legal for Little League

Want to buy an Aluminum Baseball Bat for Little League?  Check out the following bats that are safe bets.

Anderson Techzilla XP -9oz is one of the best aluminum bats on the market

TPX Omaha Youth Bat is a hugely popular aluminum baseball bat for a great price

Easton Rival XXL Youth Baseball Bat offers a brand new alloy that is the strongest and lightest alloy ever made for a bat

Combat B1 Alloy Youth Bat is a brand new aluminum bat offering from Combat (One of the best composite bats)

Anderson Nanotek XP is Anderson’s latest offering.  Like the Easton Rival XXL, the Nanotek XP is one of the most technologically advanced aluminum bats on the market.

Little League has decided to put a moratorium on composite baseball bats. If you have purchased a composite bat and have questions, please call the manufacturer of your bat. As soon as we information from the bat makers regarding what happens next we will share it with our customers.
Little League has announced that they WILL ALLOW certain models of composite bats to be used IF they pass a test showing that they do not “break in” or “get hotter” during it’s natural cycle of use. We do not expect to hear anything about which bats make the Little League composite bat waiver list for at least a few weeks.
On a final note, you may have already read articles published in major newspapers stating that composite bats allow the ball to come off the bat faster, this is completely false and in my opinion sums up the hive-mind type thinking that got this ban passed in the first place.  We are 100% for the safety of the children playing baseball, however this rushed decision announced five days after many Little League parents purchased composite bats for their children was not the right choice. Our hope is that Little League will listen to the bat manufacturers and use common sense in the next few weeks during the waiver process. If a bat does break the rules then we 100% agree with Little League to disallow the bat model, keep in mind this puts egg on Little Leagues face for allowing an “illegal” bat to pass their test in the first place.
Do not forget that the Little League Baseball Bats just banned were all individually tested and approved by Little League, some as recent as a few months ago.

Composite Bats Banned In Little League

Little League International just announced on December 30th. 2010 that effective immediately, they are placing a ban on composite bats in all divisions including Majors and below.  This news comes only a few months after Little League expressed it’s favorable position towards composite baseball bats being used in Little League.

We have heard rumors of a class action lawsuit in the works from parents, dealers and bat manufacturers.

Link to Little League press release

By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
December 30, 2010
Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League (Majors) Division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately.“Today’s decision of the Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee is based on scientific research data from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), which was contracted by Little League Baseball,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “The maximum performance standard for non-wood bats in the divisions for 12-year-olds and below is a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15. The research found that composite bats, while they may meet the standard when new, can exceed that standard after a break-in process.”
Local Little Leagues were first informed of the research last September.
“From the beginning, and throughout this process, we wanted to keep everyone informed,” Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. “Our intent was to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats. There is a process through which manufacturers can submit individual models for a possible waiver if they wish to seek it. Going forward, we will let our leagues know which ones meet the standards for the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, if any.”
On Sept. 1, Little League International placed a moratorium on composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League. Subsequent to that moratorium, some composite bat models have received a waiver and may be used in those divisions. Information on the composite bats that have received waivers for the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League may be found here:http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbats.htm
At present, no composite bats for the Little League (Majors) Division and below have received a waiver. If and when any models do receive a waiver, Little League International will inform its leagues of that decision.
The moratorium on composite bats, which now applies to all baseball divisions of Little League, does not apply to any softball divisions of Little League.

Little League Legal Baseball Bat List

Aluminum Bats and Composite Bats legal for play in Little League.

Akadema
Xtension Catapult -11
Xtension Catapult
Akadema
Xtension Catapult -12
Xtension Catapult
Albin Athletics
AYB07
Anderson Bat Company
015012
PyroTech XP
Anderson Bat Company
015013
Techzilla
Anderson Bat Company
015014
Techzilla XP
Combat Baseball Bats
Combat Baseball
GEARYB2
B3 Gear Retrofit
Combat Baseball
EXIYB1
Exit
Demarini Baseball Bats
BLACK Coyote-BCL
Black Coyote
Demarini
CF4 ST – WTDXCFL-11
CF4 ST
Demarini
CF4-CFL-10
CF4
Demarini
Diablo DIL-DXDIL
Diablo DIL
Demarini
Distance-12-WTDXDSL
Distance
Demarini
DMAX-12-WTDXDML
DeMax 12
Demarini
DX2-11-WTDXDXL
DX2
Demarini
Holigan-WTDXHOO
Holigan
Demarini
HORNET-HKL8
HORNET
Demarini
Mach10-WTDXRGL
Mach 10
Demarini
Maxxum-WTDXMXL
Maxxum
Demarini
Nitro NTO-DXNTO
Nito NTO
Demarini
Punisher-12-DXPNL
Punisher
Demarini
Rogue RGL-DXRGL
Rogue
Demarini
Rumble-WTDXRML
Rumble
Demarini
Tengu-11-WTDXTTL
Tengu
Demarini
VCL10
VCL10
Demarini
Vendetta C6 VCL10 / WTDXVTL-10
Vendetta
Demarini
Vendetta-12-WTDXVTL10
Vendetta Rail
Demarini
VENDETTA-VTL9
VTL9
Demarini
Vexxum VNL10
Vexxum VNL10
Demarini
VODOO – CVL8
VODOO
Demarini
VODOO – VDL8
VODOO
Demarini
VODOO-10-WTDXVDD
VODOO
Demarini
VOODOO Black -13 WTDXVDL-11
VODOO
Demarini
VX2-12-WTDXV2L
VX2

Easton Baseball Bats
Easton Sports
LCN11
Stealth IMX
Easton Sports
LCN9
Stealth Speed -11
Easton Sports
LK16
Magnum -7
Easton Sports
LK2
Magnum -7
Easton Sports
LK27
Phantom
Easton Sports
LK32
Cyclone
Easton Sports
LK33
Cyclone
Easton Sports
LK40
Magnum
Easton Sports
LK41
Magnum -10
Easton Sports
LRX30
Octane
Easton Sports
LSS1
Stealth Speed-11
Easton Sports
LSS1C
Stealth Speed -13
Easton Sports
LSS1
Synergy IMX LZN1
Easton Sports
LSS2
Stealth Speed Power Hitter-9
Easton Sports
LSS3
Stealth Speed-13
Easton Sports
LSS6XL
Stealth Speed XL-12

Composite Bats Banned in Little League?

Were composite bats banned in Little League?  NO!

12-30-2010 UPDATE: YES!!! See our latest post regarding the banning of composite bats in Little League

If you are in Majors or below and use a 2 1/4″ barrel, then you can you use any of these composite bats in Little League.

Check out Little Leagues Non-Wood legal bats list for 2.25″ diameter barrel baseball bats here.