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A: You can use our Online Warranty Form – click here – or call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-282-2287 to set up a return authorization. Customer Service Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm Eastern Time.
A: BBCOR stands for Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution. This new bat standard replaces the previous BESR standard and is designed to achieve wood-like performance in non-wood bats. Beginning January 1, 2011 for college play and January 1, 2012 for high school play, all bats must be BBCOR certified.
A qualified BBCOR bat is a Big Barrel bat (2⅝") that is made by an approved bat licensee, has a BBCOR mark permanently attached to the bat that is recognized by NFHS or NCAA as a legal bat for NFHS or NCAA sanctioned play and has no more than a minus 3 ounces difference from the length of the bat. Minimum bat length is 29 inches.
All BBCOR bats will incorporate a logo mark, once certification approval is granted. This mark will be consistent across every approved bat design so umpires will easily identify approved bats. The logo is below:
To purchase our BBCOR bats or for more information, please visit our home page or the official Louisville Slugger Facebook page. We also have a Youtube channel – Slugger Nation– featuring videos of various players using and explaining our BBCOR bats.
A: The new USSSA baseball bat marks and grandfathering rules are effective January 1, 2012. USSSA baseball bat mark and rules below:
Big Barrel Bat Rules (2⅝" or 2¾") – 14U & Below
Effective January 1, 2012
ALL of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee. This applies to ALL Big Barrel Bats, including Coach Pitch bats.Big Barrel Bat Rules (2⅝" or 2¾") – 15U & Above
Both of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee.Small Barrel Baseball Bat Rules (2¼" or less) For 2012 and 2013
Both of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee
*A qualified BBCOR bat is a Big Barrel bat (2⅝”) that is made by a USSSA approved bat licensee, has a BBCOR mark permanently attached to the bat that is recognized by NFHS as a legal bat for NFHS sanctioned play and has no more than a minus 3 ounces difference from the length of the bat. Minimum bat length is 29 inches.
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Pound for pound, ash is the STRONGEST TIMBER available. In addition to strength, ash has FLEXIBILITY that is not found in other timbers, so it tends to flex rather than break. This gives you a larger, more forgiving sweet spot in terms of breakage. When an ash bat does break, it usually will simply splinter and remain in one piece. Maple, on the other hand, has a tendency to snap into two pieces.
There is one more important benefit of ash. Because ash is a lighter timber than maple, it allows you to choose from a WIDER RANGE OF BAT MODELS. For example, with ash you can specify a large, long barrel and still end up with a bat that isn’t too heavy for your swing. One down side of ash is that the timber may flake or delaminate after extensive use.
Maple is a very dense timber that has a slightly greater SURFACE HARDNESS than ash. Some players believe this hardness gives them better performance. It is a matter of physics: the harder the surface, the quicker and further the ball may rebound. This perceived performance is one of the reasons why maple is becoming so popular with today’s hitters.
Maple is a closed-grain timber, which makes the bat less prone to flake than an ash bat and allows for maple bats to be MORE DURABLE. However, the structure that gives maple its strength also leads to a weakness: when a maple bat breaks, it tends to snap in half rather than just splinter like ash. Additionally, maple may have a smaller sweet spot than ash. If you get outside that sweet spot, the bat could break.
One issue with maple is weight. Since it is heavier, its weight may make a large barreled bat too heavy for some players. As such, most players who choose maple use a model with a smaller barrel to get the bat weight they desire.
A: The Louisville Slugger trademark is stamped on each and every one of our wooden bats. The stamp is always placed on the less sturdy side of the bat (this is the flat grain side). After a bat is produced, you can tell on which side the Louisville Slugger logo should be stamped by examining the wood grain surface of the bat. Typically, the further apart the wood grain lines are spaced on each section of the bat, the weaker that portion of the bat is. You do not want to hit the ball in this area. Not only does placing the Louisville Slugger trademark on our bats help to distinguish our products, it also aides in helping the hitter to realize where the sweet spot of the bat is located. When using a wooden bat, it is important to swing the bat with the Louisville Slugger trademark facing either up or down in order to maximize both the durability of the bat as well as the performance of the hitter.
When standing at the plate, have the bat logo facing directly up toward the sky, or facing the ground. Bring the bat back as though you are preparing to swing. When you slowly bring the bat back around to where it would hit the ball, the logo should still be facing directly up or directly down. This will allow you to hit the ball with the bat in the area where the spring and summer growth are… the strongest part of the bat. We hope this information will help when using your Louisville Slugger bat! Good luck with your season!