Former Division 1 Head Coach and National Pro Fastpitch National Champion, Carie Dever-Boaz has a wealth of experience and knowledge from her years as a player and a coach at the highest levels of Fastpitch Softball. She has been kind enough to visit us at JustBats.com and share with you the ins and outs of recruiting. In these two videos, Carie discusses how to get noticed in the recruiting process and the importance of playing travel ball.
How to Get Noticed
In this video, Carie discusses what you can do to stand out from the competition.
The Importance of Travel Ball
In this video, Carie discusses the benefits that playing travel ball can provide.
Now that you got the inside scoop from Carie, make sure you’re equipped with the hottest Fastpitch Bats on the market for your season. Here are some of most popular Fastpitch Bats:
The fastpitch season is upon us, and we want you to be as prepared as possible. Not only with the best fastpitch bats on the market, but also with helpful tips to aid you this season and beyond. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few more tips from two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith.
The theme of Michele’s videos is quickness and speed. It’s widely accepted in the fastpitch softball and baseball communities that quick hands and a quick bat are key components in a successful hitters swing. Bat speed results in more power and the ability to hit for a higher average. Quick hands also enable you to sit back and see the pitch longer which helps you become a more patient hitter.
In this first video, Michele discusses the best way to grip your bat in order to increase your bat speed.
In the second video, Michele discusses the importance of developing a short/quick swing and shows you the ideal swing path.
Click here to view our previous Michele Smith blog discussing her extraordinary career and tips on how to choose the right fastpitch bat.
Hailing from the birthplace of the modern day baseball bat, Louisville, Kentucky, and featured in Adult BBCOR and -9 & -5 Senior League models, the 2013 Louisville Slugger EXOGRID 3.
Keys to Victory: The EXOGRID 3 is a one-piece alloy design with a balanced swing weight. By incorporating AC21 Scandium Alloy into the design, Louisville Slugger can outfit the EXOGRID 3 with a thinner barrel wall without sacrificing durability. With 1” Flex-Band technology inserts, the EXOGRID 3 has one of the lowest swing weights on the market. The LS-2X composite inserts in the handle create a stiff feel for enhanced control.
Hitting out of Orlando, FL and featured in Adult BBCOR and -10 & -8.5 Senior League models, the 2013 RIP-IT Prototype.
Keys to Victory: The new Prototype from RIP-IT comes ready to hit with its one-piece alloy design and balanced swing weight. The Prototype features a larger sweet spot than its predecessor, the Prototype II, and has been acoustically tuned to feel better and go farther than ever before. RIP-IT’s R1 Alloy creates a thinner wall design while still offering performance and durability. The Contact grip is designed to provide excellent grip with incredible vibration control and extreme durability.
The Prototype features RIP-IT’s 400-day manufacturer’s warranty as well as the unique 30-Day Love It or Return It policy. That means you have 30 days to use the Prototype and make sure its perfect for you. If you don’t absolutely love it, you can return for for a full refund.
There you have it, the specs for two of the baddest one-piece bats currently on the market. So which one do you think is the best? Submit your own written review to email@example.com for a chance to win a $25 JustBats.Com gift card. Are you a budding ESPN announcer in the making? If so, submit a video review and you could win a $300 JustBats.com gift card if we use it on our blog.
RIP-IT’s new AIR technology is now available for baseball players in the Prototype BBCOR AIR and for fastpitch players in the Prototype -10 AIR. Simply put, these two bats will be some of the most balanced bats on the market. This will result in better bat control which can help keep you alive at the plate with two strikes or turn a foul ball into a double in the gap. The extreme balance in the new Prototype AIR will also result in an increase in bat speed allowing you to hit for more power!
First, lets take a look at the technology behind the Prototype AIR BBCOR model. Rather than using rings on the inside of the barrel to meet BBCOR standards, RIP-IT uses Rifle Technology to make the inside of the barrel grooved. The Rifle barrel is responsible for making the bat feel so light. In fact, the Prototype AIR has 7.2% better weight distribution than the Prototype II. The Prototype AIR features RIP-IT’s revolutionary R1 alloy. The R1 alloy produces a stronger and more responsive barrel which allows you to hit for more power. The handle of the Prototype AIR is armed with RIP-IT’s Contact grip which provides an amazing level of comfort and eliminates vibration to the hitter’s hands.
Now lets look at the Fastpitch model of the Prototype AIR. The new Prototype AIR will deliver nearly twice the performance as the Reaper and Force bats of old. The main difference between the baseball and fastpitch models of the Prototype AIR is the fastpitch model features R1 composite rather than alloy. The R1 composite is thinner, which allows for more layers, and stronger, which makes for a higher performing bat. The Harmonic barrel not only gives players a larger sweet spot, but creates the sound of a perfect hit. The Ridge grip on the handle is composed of Advanced Memory Foam for added comfort and is designed to eliminate vibration. The elimination of the fear of bad vibration will result in a more confident hitter at the plate.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the reviews from some very satisfied customers.
“Wow…. just wow, if you thought the first rip-it bat was sweet. you need to get this bat. larger sweetspot, more comfortable grip. most balance bat i’ve ever held. this new technology they were talking about is legit.” – Kballer
“swings really fast, giant sweet spot, and amazing pop. Favorite FP bat ever!” – Tracey
To make the deal even sweeter these bats are made in the U.S.A. and come with RIP-IT’s 30-day “Love It or Return It” performance guarantee. Check out RIP-IT’s full line of high performing baseball and softball bats and use our Bat Comparison tool on JustBats.com to compare these bats with all of our other fantastic options. If you need help figuring out which bat is right for you, be sure to utilize our Bat Coach and Bat Resource Guide.
In a baseball and softball bat market of ever increasing technology the recurring questions always come back to one-piece bats vs. two-piece bats. Which is better for a power hitter? Which is better for a contact hitter? What are the benefits to one over the other? Unfortunately there are no black and white answers to these questions because every hitter has their own preferences, but there is a clear difference in constructions and technology between one-piece bats and two-piece bats. We at JustBats.com are here to provide you with the facts to allow you to make the most informed decision possible. Here are the facts.
First we should lay the groundwork starting with the basic difference in construction of the two bats. A one-piece bat is developed as one continuous piece of metal. A two-piece bat is created in two sections, the barrel and the handle, which are bonded together. Now that we know how they are constructed we can move onto the science behind the two construction methods.
One-piece bats provide little or no give and have a stiff feel when contact is made with the ball. Due to the fact that one-piece bats have a very minimal amount of flex at contact, little or no energy is lost which results in more power. For this reason, one-piece bats are preferred by stronger players with above average bat speed such as a power hitter.
Two-piece bats provide more flex at contact with the ball. The two-piece construction creates a “whip” effect that results in an increase in bat speed. An increase in bat speed results in an increase in power. For this reason players with average or below average bat speed such as a contact hitter, prefer two-piece bats .
JustBats.com was privileged to host one of the best female fastpitch pitchers of all-time, Michele Smith. The two-time Olympic gold medalist took time out of her hectic schedule and stepped in front of our cameras to shoot an array of videos that’ll soon be released on JustBats.com.
Among those videos, Michele Smith touches upon a variety of topics that include the new RIP-IT Prototype and Prototype Air, proper swing mechanics, and how to select the perfect bat. Michele Smith even demonstrates an assortment of training tips she teaches at her popular fastpitch camps and clinics. As a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the first female sports analyst to commentate a full MLB game, Michele Smith is more than inspiration, she’s a legend, and we can’t wait to share her baseball and softball knowledge with you.
Well, don’t worry everyone, you can stop searching for that perfectly balanced bat and come pick up the new RIP-IT BBCOR AIR. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. The team over at RIP-IT has been busy trying to develop a really balanced bat at the BBCOR level and they have proven themselves with the BBCOR AIR. The bat uses a new Rifle Barrel Technology which helps you swing faster and hit more powerfully. For more information on what this means, check out the RIP-IT video above and as always, stop by JustBats.com today to pick one up!
We all know reading a well thought out review of a bat can be very helpful, but actually hearing from another player just how good a bat really is can be even better! So, today we are featuring the 2013 RIP-IT Prototype: B1385 Senior League. This bat features a new and improved design from last year’s model for increased durability and performance. Are you looking for a more comfortable bat? Well, look no further, because this bat is top of the line when it comes to comfort because it sports a Memory Foam grip. I won’t say too much more because the video above speaks for itself, but go ahead and stop by JustBats.com today to pick one up!
New for 2013 and built right here in the U.S.A. is the RIP-IT Prototype AIR BBCOR. This bat is loaded with awesome features which include a construction made from RIP-IT’s high-performance R1 Alloy with an Acoustic Barrel which is tuned for an increase in bat speed. With RIP-IT’s new AIR Technology behind the Rifle Barrel, you will have BBCOR bat speeds like never before. This bat also has 7.2% better weight distribution than the Prototype II helping you swing faster and hit the ball with way more power. The Prototype AIR sports a great feeling grip around the handle making this bat one of the most comfortable bats on the market. Be sure to check out the video above for proof of just how awesome this bat is and after you’re convinced you have to have one, stop by JustBats.com to pick one up today!