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Bat Review: 2018 Rawlings Threat -12 USA Baseball Bat

Posted by JustBats.com on Apr 22, 2018 7:39:34 PM

When Rawlings rolled out their initial USA Baseball approved baseball bats, drop 5 and drop 10 bats were well-represented.

The Quatro -10 and 5150 -5 were popular early on, and exclusive models (like the drop 11 Rawlings VELO) gained traction. But with the Easton Beast X as the only drop 12 option on the market for USA Baseball players, Rawlings saw an opportunity. JustBats.com reviews the newest addition to Rawlings' lineup -- the 2018 Rawlings Threat -12 USA Baseball Bat.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Reviews

Does Little League Allow BBCOR Bats?

Posted by JustBats.com on Feb 21, 2018 10:13:44 AM

When USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, adopted the USABat Standard, it created a lot of questions.

With the new youth baseball standard officially in place, there have been a few changes recently. Namely, JustBats.com answers whether BBCOR bats are allowed in USA Baseball and Little League divisions.

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Topics: BBCOR Bats, Youth Bats, Bat Rules & Regulations

7 Best 2018 USA Baseball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Jan 9, 2018 4:54:57 PM

2018 brought some changes to youth baseball bats.

Effective January 1, 2018, USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, officially adopted a new method for measuring bat performance. The USABat Standard may affect you and your Lil' All-Star, so for key takeaways and everything about the new method, please consult our Bat Resource Guide. If you know you'll need a new youth bat for this season, here are the best 2018 USA Baseball bats according to coaches, players, and customers.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Lists

Baseball Age Cutoff Dates (2018)

Posted by JustBats.com on Dec 4, 2017 1:47:51 PM

Little League adopted a rule change starting in 2016 that changed the date of birth for a player from April 30 to August 31. While Little League adopted the rule early, other Leagues have followed suit. Starting in 2018 PONY baseball will implement the change. However, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, USSSA, and AABC will not make the age change.

The birthday age cutoff is important to know, notably since 2018 marks the start of the required USA Baseball stamp bats. JustBats.com has provided some resources to help if you have questions regarding the cutoff age dates.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Rules & Regulations

Bat Review: 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 21, 2017 2:12:23 PM

USA Baseball approved youth bats have now been available since September. So far the customer reactions to USA Bats has been mixed.

However, bats such as Easton's Ghost X, Rawlings' Quatro, and the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 have garnered high marks. Adopting style and features from its parent baseball bat (Solo 618 BBCOR Bat), the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 USA Baseball Bat is set to take off for the 2018 season. JustBats.com has collected initial feedback on this new USA Bat bat and here is what we discovered.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Reviews

Easton Beast X vs. Ghost X | What's The Difference?

Posted by JustBats.com on Oct 18, 2017 2:17:44 PM

Yin and yang. Apples and bananas. Beast X and Ghost X. While these two Easton baseball bats may be on different ends of the spectrum; they are both exceptional in their own way. One is composite while the other is aluminum. One is whole from end cap to knob for a stiff feel, while the other is a two-piece construction that gives off fantastic flex.

Do you know the differences between Easton's Ghost X and Beast X bats? Don't worry, the team at JustBats.com is here to explain both Easton bats in detail.

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Topics: BBCOR Bats, Youth Bats

Bat Review: 2018 Easton Ghost X -10 USA Baseball Bat

Posted by JustBats.com on Sep 12, 2017 1:22:05 PM

When USA Baseball announced a new standard for measuring youth baseball bats, some parents were concerned. The reason? A previously purchased baseball bat was being rendered useless after 2018 depending on their child's League. And, of course, that meant researching, selecting, and hoping for similar results from a new bat.

Now that the USA Baseball approved baseball bats have been released, JustBats.com has collected initial feedback on the new USA Bat bats.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Reviews

2017 DeMarini CF Zen Bat Update

Posted by JustBats.com on Apr 9, 2017 8:44:42 PM

It wasn't a huge surprise when on Thursday, April 6, it became official from DeMarini:

"DeMarini has concluded its youth baseball bat BPF audit for USSSA and the following bats have been officially withdrawn from USSSA baseball play as a result of the audit."

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Reviews, Vendors / Brands

6 Best 2017 Youth Baseball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Feb 22, 2017 9:20:06 PM

Make no mistake, the best youth baseball bat is the one that makes the young athlete comfortable. There are ways to ensure a ballplayer has the perfect bat.

With the new season starting, there are six 2017 youth baseball bats that are already creating buzz around the ballfield. JustBats.com provides details on all six bats for whenever your slugger is ready to start playing.

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Topics: Youth Bats

When Should My Child Start Playing Baseball?

Posted by JustBats.com on Jan 25, 2017 4:41:52 PM

Has your son or daughter just learned how to walk, but can already throw a round object across the room? How do you cultivate that talent? When should your child start playing baseball or softball?

For some perspective, All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia started playing baseball at four years old. Softball phenom Jennie Finch didn't play organized softball until she was eight. Mark Teixeira had his first glove when he was just one. And JD Drew, a former first round draft pick, started playing baseball at 13. Not only do results vary, but the answer to the question What age should my child start playing baseball?  varies even more.

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Topics: MLB, Youth Bats