Some of our favorites
These are outstanding. Look at the detail in the embroidery. And for only $15.00/pair? How can you go wrong?
another shipment arrives!
And many more in production! Go to our page and see each of them up close. They have that new car smell! 100% quality top-of-the-line leather. And we can have them made for your organization in only 3-4 weeks for half the price you'd pay retail.
Orders piling up
Well, at this point, about 90% or more of all youth baseball and softball teams have wrapped up play for the 2016 season, (can you believe how fast it went?) The lucky few to still be playing are predominantly all-star teams. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hard-working volunteers who make youth baseball and softball leagues run. Please come back and help out again next season...your time, your talent and your experience are needed to improve the quality of your leagues. Enjoy the off-season and then get ready to make 2017 even better!
Little League changing age cutoff
Little League has decided that they no longer want kids who have turned 13 to be playing in the Little League World Series, or anytime during the season for that matter, in their Majors division which has always been considered a 12 year-old division. Effective beginning 2018, (so that they can "grandfather" kids who will be 11 and 12 next season, The cutoff date will be changed from May 1 to September 1 so now, kids born in May - August have to play as 12's the year they turn 12, not the the year they turn 13. What do you think about the change?
Mother of all bats
Here's some great information about our newest product, Ride American bats!
Rude American Bat Company makes the MOAB-MOTHER OF ALL BATS.
I suppose what is really rude about us is that we have the audacity to actually make our bats right here in the United States of America!
We do extensive prototype testing often going through 6 versions of one bat over a 6 month testing perioduntil we have absolutely proven that our bat out performs every other bat in its class. Then and only then do we go into certification and production.
The process is the same for every category we enter. We know we cant beat the big companies in advertising. We must beat them with the best product and we do.
The factory makes weapon parts specifically weapon shells.
We understand precision tooling and the performance standards very well and we build to the edge of those standards. We spend twice as much in certification and inventory in order to have a Speed Engineered bat and a Power Engineered bat.
The speed is a more balanced version and the power is a more end loaded version.
Our baseball bats are made of a proprietary scandium alloy blend and our Fastpitch bats are a one piece composite design. The manner in which we distribute the material is also proprietary. Just as you would make a moderate adjustment to a players swing to get
dramatic results we have made moderate weight distribution alterations that provide dramatic results.
Bats are not one size fits all.
We do this so that we can provide the player an additional competitive advantage by finding out which bat fits his/her swing. Balanced, end loaded, speed and power are words. Do not think that Power is for the big guy and Speed for the little, it doesn’t work that way. There is no rhyme or reason. You must demo and then you will know. Once in the cage we know the player is holding the hottest bat. The demo will take that to another level. It will be obvious that the ball is coming off of the bat faster with one of these bats during the demo session. We start by taking 3 swings with the players existing bat, then 4 or 5 swings with the Speed Engineered bat and finally 4 or 5 with the Power Engineered bat. We'll ask the players which feels better even though it will already be pretty apparent which of the bats he is squaring up line drives with more consistently with the ball coming off of the bat faster than the others.
The player will then swing the power and the speed again to confirm.
The goal is to find 2 or 3 miles per hour of increased ball speed off of the bat that can only be done through the demo process. Each mile per hour is the equivalent of 5 or 7 feet, thus the difference between a fly out and outfielders chasing or an infield put out versus a ball getting out of the infield quickly for a base hit.
Once the demo is complete the player, coach, (parent if applicable) and the instructor will all know & agree which bat is best suited for that particular player.
This player now not only has the best bat but now has an even greater competitive advantage by tailoring the bat that best matches his swing. The end result is performance and increased ball exit speed.
Get ready for travel ball
Players all across the country are getting in their last couple month's hacks before winter puts the blanket over outdoor baseball. If you want to have a travel ball season to remember, you need the right tools...one of which might be a big barrel from our new RUDE American Bats line. Choose from either power or speed engineered depending on what type of player you are. These bats are made in America, where baseball was born and is king. You'll be hitting gappers and bombs with one of these in your hands.
Ultimate dugout organizer
Yesterday we posted some information about the Little League World Series and how all eight regional tournaments were going on right now. If you catch any of those games on TV you'll see players in fancy dugouts just like the ones in the Big Leagues. But what about the average, run-of-the-mill Little League baseball field where all of these kids, and millions more, played their regular-season games? Nearly all of those fields simply have a chain-link fence-enclosed bench that offers no place to store helmets, gloves, bats or other items.
That's why we're proud to carry the Bench Coach Dugout Organizer. It turns that ordinary city field bench into a true dugout experience by providing cubbies for gear and racks for bats. Every travel team and youth baseball league should have these to spruce up the experience for the kids!
Baseball isn't dying
There has been a lot of talk recently about the "fact" that baseball is in trouble from a long-term perspective. The argument goes that fewer kids are playing baseball for a variety of reasons. Some say the pace of the game is too slow for today's youth and that faster-moving sports like lacrosse are stepping in to fill the void. Others say that the ubiquity of video games has driven kids away from all sports.
However Forbes' Maury Brown has written a terrific article countering these points. You can read it here. He points out that statistics show youth baseball to be holding participation levels over the past five years. He addresses the argument that if fewer kids play the sport, then they won't grow up to watch it by pointing to the popularity of NASCAR, (how many of raced cars as kids?). He also cites as evidence the fact that nearly ten times as many kids play baseball as play Pop Warner football, but clearly the NFL has astronomical viewership. And, while average attendance at Major League Baseball games might be lower than that of an NFL game, there are ten times as many MLB games over the season which means total attendance in baseball dwarfs all other sports.
So before you sound the alarm for the demise of baseball, grab a cheap ticket and an expensive beer and go to the park for a ball game. You'll find America's pastime to be alive and well.
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