If you didn’t know that wood bats are making a comeback in slow-pitch softball, you soon will. MaxBat has seen a significant rise in our wood bats for softball this year, and the demand keeps growing.
Why wood bats for softball? Well, if you’ve seen a competitive men’s softball game recently, you’ll notice some unusual rules.
- Batters don’t even have to run the bases after hitting homeruns.
- Homeruns are counted as OUTS after a certain number of them are hit.
- Some leagues require pitchers to wear facemasks.
So…..why is this? This isn’t the softball that I grew up watching my dad play two nights a week in the summertime.
ASA has banned the use of dozens of “hot” bats, and that list keeps growing. Of course, the only “hot” bats are the ones made of metal and/or composite materials.
Many leagues have said “Enough is Enough”, and have switched to playing softball with wood bats. The game is safer and more enjoyable. Players who have made the switch exclaim to one another, “Why didn’t we switch to wood bats sooner”? Unfortunately, many leagues have switched to wood bats only after a handful of players in their leagues were permanently injured by a ball coming off a “hot” bat at close range.
Wood bats for softball can be made to exact ASA specifications, and because they are wood bats and not metal, they do not need the ASA stamp on them. Balls coming off the barrel of a wood bat do not reach ridiculous speeds, and make it fair/safe for the fielders. Now if someone hits a homerun in a softball game with a wood bat, it’s because of the player’s talent level, and not the bat’s engineering.
Many leagues play on fields without fences too. So using wood bats in softball games can reduce the number of gap shots that roll for a mile and a half before an outfielder tracks it down.
Perhaps now is the time for your community or parks and recreation department to host a wood bat softball tournament to expose the game to more people.
Hello everyone. My name is Stephen Piscotty, and I am an OF prospect in the Cardinals organization.
I recently arrived in Jupiter, FL for my first big league camp. Very excited to be in the same locker room as the big leaguers. There is a lot of experience and talent in the room. Got my first order of MaxBats for the season too! They feel great to swing, as always. Looking forward to a fun spring and 2014 season.
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Ever watch a game on TV and ask yourself, “What is that dot on the wood bat handle?”
That is an area left exposed during the finishing process for an ink-spot, administered by the bat manufacturer. This is done as a quality control measure. By placing a small drop of ink 12″-14″ up from the knob on the face grain of the wood bat, we are able to verify whether or not the grain is good. The picture below shows a properly administered ink-test, and absolutely straight grain. The straighter the grain, the better the performance of the Maple bat or Birch bat. If the grain were to seep into the wood and show a slope-of-grain of more than 3 degrees, that would indicate wood of a lower quality and greater chance of the wood bat breaking in 2-pieces.
Because MaxBat uses wood that is split instead of sawn, we’re almost guaranteed that ink-testing reveals slope-of-grain of less than 2 degrees on any of our Maple bats or Birch bats.
It’s a question we frequently get asked, so we made the decision in November, 2013 to start ink-spotting all MaxBat Maple bats and Birch bats that are ordered by our online customers.
All MaxBats have always been treated as if they are being produced for a Major League Baseball player, and now each Maple bat and Birch bat from MaxBat features a visible ink-spot on the face grain of the handle. This ink-spot indicates that the wood bat has not only gone through the MLB slope-of-grain quality control test, but has also passed with a slope-of-grain less than 3 degrees (beware…some companies simply applying ink dots to the handles that clearly don’t pass). The MaxBat logo has also been rotated 90 degrees and placed on the edge grain to conform to MLB rules (adopted in 2009) that only apply to Maple bats and Birch bats (logo previously placed on the face grain). These steps ensure that you are swinging the same wood as our professional clients.