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Who Invented Softball?

Posted by JustBats.com on Aug 7, 2017 3:57:08 PM

Softball's origins aren't rooted in baseball, as many assume, but in the sport of football.

Softball, which according to the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), is the most played team sport in the United States has an interesting history. The sport started on Thanksgiving Day 1887 and was invented by a Chicago Board of Trade reporter named George Hancock.

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Topics: Softball Bats, Uncategorized

Should I Use Batting Gloves?

Posted by JustBats.com on Jun 28, 2017 8:50:29 PM

The debate rages on...

Batting gloves vs no batting gloves?

One of the most contentious baseball debates for the last century isn’t about what position is the hardest or what pitch should I throw in what count. No, it's should you wear batting gloves or not?

Every baseball and softball player from all levels wear batting gloves. But are they necessary? Is there a benefit to having batting gloves or is it all just for show? Do they give you an extra edge?

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Topics: Gloves, Uncategorized

Contact Hitter vs. Power Hitter Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Apr 12, 2017 3:41:44 PM

As a Coach, when it comes time to set your batting order, you need a strategic approach regarding where your contact hitters and where your power hitters should be in the lineup. On the other hand, as a player, you need to take a similar approach when it comes time to choose a baseball bat that is best for your hitting style. 

The JustBats.com team can help determine the differences between contact hitter bats and power hitter bats so that you can make the most informed decision possible. 

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Topics: Uncategorized

Worst First Pitches Ever [With GIFs]

Posted by JustBats.com on Mar 6, 2017 8:45:23 PM

The ceremonial first pitch before all Major League Baseball games is an iconic tradition where a distinguished guest throws a ball to mark the end of pregame festivities. This guest can be anyone from a celebrity, to a hero, or even the President of the United States. They take their place at the front of a pitcher's mound and try their best to throw a strike.

While it is everyone’s dream to throw a perfect strike in front of a huge crowd, that doesn’t always happen. So, here at JustBats, we’ve created this list of the worst first pitches ever.

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Topics: MLB, Uncategorized

5 Fun Tee Ball Drills Every Coach Should Use

Posted by JustBats.com on Feb 16, 2017 7:56:18 AM


Tee ball.

The first impression that many first-time baseball players receive of America's pastime is swinging a soft ball off a tee. If a player doesn't enjoy their time in tee ball, there's a good chance they won't move on to Little League, and then high school, and even the Major Leagues.  If you're a first-time coach or even an experienced coach looking to expand on your practice plan, JustBats is all about helping. 

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Topics: Training, Uncategorized

Single Wall Barrel vs Double Wall Barrel Softball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Jan 18, 2017 9:05:44 PM

Finding the right softball bat is the single most important part of every player's game, and the debate between single wall and double wall bats has always been a topic of discussion in the softball community. In a sports world chalked full of league restrictions and regulations, it is extremely beneficial to know all of the ins and outs of your slow pitch softball bat.

Certain Leagues will require a single wall bat while others will allow both single wall and double wall. Why is that? What are the biggest differences between the two? Which bat performs better? Does one have superior durability? How does the pop compare? Why should I use one over the other? Don't worry, JustBats has the answers.

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Topics: Slow Pitch Bats, Softball Bats, Vendors / Brands, Uncategorized

The Ultimate Guide Of Post-Game Snacks & Drinks For Little Leaguers

Posted by JustBats.com on Jan 9, 2017 9:03:14 PM

Oh, no. The family car is packed up for the big travel ball tournament with gloves, baseball bats, softball bats, suitcases, etc.. But, as you are pulling out of the driveway, you remember that it is your turn to provide team snacks after the game. What are you going to bring them? Candy and soda? Don’t stress; JustBats is here to inform you of the 15 best snacks for your favorite Little League team.  

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Topics: Youth Bats, Uncategorized

The Top 10 Articles On The JustBats Blog In 2016

Posted by JustBats.com on Dec 30, 2016 12:40:33 PM

We made it. With the new year in full swing, the team at JustBats wanted to recap what a great year 2016 was and share our most popular blog posts, just in case you missed 'em.

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Topics: JustBats.com Exclusives, Uncategorized

Wood Bats or Aluminum Bats?

Posted by JustBats.com on Dec 23, 2016 11:03:28 AM

The first real baseball bat was created in 1884 and it took 90 years before the next major change to baseball bats: aluminum.

That's because in 1974, after a few years in which bats made from tubes of aluminum started to appear, the NCAA approved the use of aluminum bats. Homerun totals increased and batting averages sky rocketed. The change was subtle, at first. Aluminum bats were simply a metal version of a wood bat. But, the metal made the bat more durable and, in turn, cheaper.

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Topics: Wood Bats, Baseball Bats, Uncategorized

The Most Epic Baseball Bat Flips [With GIFs]

Posted by JustBats.com on Dec 12, 2016 9:10:09 PM

BAT FLIP, noun, an exaggerated throwing of your bat after a clutch hit or homerun.

With the emergence of social media and more animated personalities in baseball, bat flips have become more prevalent, more controversial, and more popular.

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Topics: MLB, Baseball Bats, Uncategorized