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Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst Senior League Baseball Bat: SL12C

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  • awsome pop into it

    like bats
  • Pretty good pop out of the wrapper

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Pros:  Best bat for 2012. If you are a power hitter or on a travel team for the fall or Spring 2012, please take advantage of this new technology.

Cons:  None!

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Pros:  Skeptical at first b/c -11 seemed too light for big barrel, and worried barrel/sweet spot too small. After my 10U (about 4 ft tall/65 lbs) hit with it, all doubts gone. This bat is solid with lots of pop. No stories here about monster HRs from my smallist 10U player, but the line drives definitely have some nasty top spin on them. He previously used 28/18 Speed II, which was good, but the ball seems to jump off this bat more.

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Pros:  Well balanced bat with a lot of pop. Bought this bat, 29/18, to replace last years 29/19 easton omen w/o 1.15 stamp. The -11 really helped eliminating bat drag with evem more pop than the omen. After trying for 1 week, we now have 5 players with this bat. Cant wait to see it after it gets broken in.

Cons:  Price, but are getting what you pay for. Most of our kids have also swung the easton S1 and majority like the catalyst better for $100 less

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Pros:  Quality, highly recommend this bat for 10U+

Cons:  none

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Pros:  Ball rockets off the bat! Light! Very cool design

Cons:  NONE!!!

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Pros:  Great bat speed for my 10 yr old AAU player. Huge sweet spot, great grafics. A "HOMERUN" for the $$. Well done Louisville Slugger.

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Pros:  Son who is 7 1/2 used the Worth Lithium last year and hit the ball well. After about 50 balls in cage today, this bat does not have quite the same pop, but close. If the Catalyst after the "break-in" period does what the experts say it will, I will be very pleased! Pretty good for first 50 balls out of wrapper.

Cons:  None yet, waiting till broke-in. I will share thoughts after that.

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Pros:  Son hit first bomb last night. So far he loves this bat.

Cons:  haven't noticed any

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Pros:  This bat has the best length to weight ratio of any "big barrel" bat on the market. It's 100% composite and not a two-piece bonded design which eliminates the braking problem found in the Slugger H2 and others. I bought it (28/17) for my 8 yr old son who's 4'3" and about 55 lbs. He was using an Easton Reflex 28/15 2 1/4" before this. We've used it in one batting cage session and 1 game so far and the difference between the SL12C and the Easton is remarkable. The sound coming off the bat is great and the ball really jumps off. We tried a 2 3/4" 27/17 Composite/alloy bat borrowed from a teammate for comparison, and the Catalyst noticeably outperformed it and it hasn't even been broken in yet! This bat is going to be very hot after about 500 swings.

Cons:  Price maybe, but great deal considering performance. Is a new, thin, composite so cracking/durability may be an issue long term, but this is no coach pitch bat so hopefully we get 2-3 years out of it.

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Pros:  I ordered the 28/17 version of this bat last week for my 9 year (62 lbs & average height). Too early to comment on the bat itself given the required break in time, but the length/weight ratio seems perfect for my son. Just wanted to state how happy I was with the shipping process. Requested overnight delivery - ordered Thursday afternoon and received Friday afternoon in California. Needed bat with Pony compliant stamp for busy 3 game weekend. Thanks!

Cons:  Price but all the good bats with a big drop (-10 or more)are expensive.

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Pros:  You will hit far, it has great pop!!! love it

Cons:  Nothing!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pros:  Good bat. At first didnt think that the -11 would b good on a big barrel but i was proved wrong. Great pop. really good price also

Cons:  None. Get this bat

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Pros:  Just out of the wrap and took this bat to a one-day tournament. Not even broken in, and out of 5 at bats, 3 doubles and 2 singles. Light enough to generate good bat speed

Cons:  None so far.

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Pros:  Great Balance and large sweet spot. I bought this for my son, and he's crushing the ball with it.

Cons:  None.

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Pros:  very hot bat

Cons:  broke in two months snapped right abouve usssa stamp.. they replaced no problems but still a hassle.

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Pros:  -11 Says it all. My boy switched from his -13.5 Omaha w/ ease. Pop is great. Noticable increase in distance and ball speed from bat.

Cons:  none

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Pros:  My 80lb 9 yr old is hitting the 30" 19oz. Very comfortable feeling and great pop. He hit a MIKEN 17oz last year. Great length without suffering increased oz.... Great bat for big 8 yr olds and 9-10 yr olds at the 30" 19oz

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Pros:  Bought this for my 10 yr old, he is on the smaller side so need a bat with good weight distribution and good pop. This one fits perfectly! hitting great with it, I definitely see a change in ball speed coming off this bat. Jury is still out on durability but so far so good

Cons:  none as of review, been using for two months.

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Pros:  This cat has incredible pop. My son is 13 years old 5'4" and 100 lbs. I've never bought a composite bat before so I didn't know what to expect. He hit some of the deepest shots I've ever seen him hit this year. Most convincing though is that 4 other players whose parents spent way more on other bats were using it by the state tournament. At under $200 it was a bargain.

Cons:  Scratches easily and all of the other kids want to use it.

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Pros:  great pop. very light through the zone. great for power hitters.

Cons:  had 2 of these bats both have cracked

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Pros:  Bat looks sharp and swings smooth. 10U son drives the ball right out of the box! Using 31/20.

Cons:  Slight sting on miss hit.

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Pros:  Good pop out of the wrapper. My son used this past weekend and hit well with it. I was also surprised to see at least 6 other kids using same bat on other teams. Great price!!

Cons:  Paint chipped already after 40 swings.

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Pros:  Nice bat and helped my son to drive the ball..

Cons:  Not legal for Junior's... Even with the USSSA stamp because it is a full-composite bat. I guess that is my fault for not fully reading-up on this years rules :(

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Pros:  good pop.very balanced

Cons:  broke in half with 9year old pitching.

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Pros:  nice pop great bat for the price

Cons:  none

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Pros:  awsome pop into it

Cons:  none

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Pros:  very balanced alot of popcand power hit aout thirty homerns since january

Cons:  long time to breakcin

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Pros:  this bat has awesome bat speed its so light and long you can get around to the outside pitch. once i got this bat in bp i hit 17 homeruns in a row and the fences are 210 and im 13 its pop is great just an amazing bat all around

Cons:  none at all

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Pros:  Great bat. Used by my 10 year old son. He has hit 10 homeruns with this bat.

Cons:  This is our second bat. First one broke in 1month.

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Pros:  If you hit on sweet spot it goes

Cons:  Kinda hand stinger

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Pros:  Good balance, look, and sound. 9 year old son hit the ball well with it. Have only used it for one tournament so I'm hoping it will gain some more pop once broken in more. Very pleased, especially for the price.

Cons:  None right now, but only minimal use so far.

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Pros:  Bat has been a good purchase, especially for the price. My son has hit the ball well with it and he really likes the graphics. No complaints.

Cons:  None

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Pros:  Great bat for a big just turned 9 year old power hitter.

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Pros:  The bat is very light, great big barrel for a smaller kid. The bat grip is amazing and the balance of the weight to swing ratio is phenomenal. Definitely will recommend.

Cons:  None.

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Pros:  best bat in the world

Cons:  nothing

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Pros:  First double header of season. First at bat HR. Second at bat HR then a walk. Game winning double second game. Great pop no sting.

Cons:  no way Jose

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Pros:  this bat is bad news i has alot of pop my 7 year old son was useing this bat and everytime he hit the ball it went about 20 feet into grass area in the out field we love this bat and will be buying more

Cons:  NONE AT THIS TIME

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Pros:  I hit my 1st HR with this bat, at age 10. It has amazing pop. I hope the 2013 Catalyst is this good!

Cons:  Other kids on the team uses it too:(

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Pros:  This bat was hot right out of the box. still breaking in but great so far.

Cons:  non yet

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Pros:  This bat has amazing pop! With the minus 11 and this years minus 12 it allow the chance to hit the ball on the outside corners of the plate without giving up bat speed because the bat is too heavy. I have owned and played with all the top bats on the market (5+) but this one has the best pop.

Cons:  If you are on a competitive travel team playing 60 + games a season this bat may not last. I buys these bats for the amazing pop but also understand it is a one season bat. Keep your receipt.

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Pros:  Has lots of pop.

Cons:  Broke twice in same spot.

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Pros:  The bat has pop right out of the wrapper.

Cons:  None right now.

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Pros:  Luckily Just bats has great customer service and is helping us resolve the issue!

Cons:  Bat snapped in half at the handle in less than a month! May be to light of a bat for the length

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Pros:  its more of a contact bat amd not a bat well known for power.. used one of the kids on my teams ans hit a double and a three run homerun but barely gone about 270 maybe but this is bat for contact not power

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Pros:  My son is 10yrs old and 92lbs,he is 11/12 this year the bat has delivered so far!I still want to hear the pop of his composite bat from last year!I noticed even balls not hit in the sweet spot still make it to the outfield!

Cons:  Waiting for the break in and that pop!

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Pros:  supper light and lets you have a great swing.

Cons:  i was using my freinds and i hit it write in the middle were the stem hits the barrel and it snaped in half! no joke..... still got to first base

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Pros:  cons took away any/all pros

Cons:  After less than 3 mos play ours was the 1st of 3 bats to crack in the same weekend of play!!!

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Pros:  Pretty good pop out of the wrapper.

Cons:  Bat just got broken in, then someone else on my team hit the ball on the handle and it broke in half.

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Pros:  best bat for power hitters

Cons:  none

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Pros:  awesome bat almost hit a hr on 295 fence and im only 12 and also hit 11 homeruns on the year

Cons:  cracked once but they gave me a new onw

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Pros:  Good pop and well balanced

Cons:  Not very durable. Second one that has cracked on the handle in 5 months. The last one lasted 3 months.

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Pros:  Very nice feel, solid performance, well balanced, would definitely recommend.

Cons:  Wish it was made in America.

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Pros:  good bat if you hit on sweet spot its gone

Cons:  4 a composite bat not as much pop but still a good bat for the price

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Pros:  Very nice bat for the price. I had been searching for a -11 drop at a reasonable price.

Cons:  None.

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Pros:  My son loved the bat from the first swing. It has a lot of pop to it.

Cons:  My son really did not like the grip so I changed it for him.

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Pros:  this is the most amazing bat ever, at first it was a little heavy but i got used to it and after i got this bat iv'e been hitting more and more balls over the fence with my T-Ball swing and get this bat now.

Cons:  its awesome

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Pros:  Awesome pop. Great sound! Great looks. I bought the 28" 19oz for my 9 yo son. He loves it. He has been hitting bombs and laser shots. Also if you don't like the high pitch sound some metal bats have you will like the sound off of this bat.

Cons:  None

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Cons:  Good bat until it broke after only two months. Using it with 10 year olds. Snapped and spiral fractured at the USSSA sticker. Now trying to start the process if getting it replaced. UGH!!!

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Pros:  Good pop

Cons:  Not durable, our team broke three of the 30/19 in less than a month.

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Pros:  Nice bat. My son love the graphics. He is ready to get his new bat in the mail.

Cons:  Almost made it the whole seasos with out any problems... After 14 games this season this bat had enough and cracked. I have sent it back to Louisville Slugger. They are shiping me a new one.. I hope just in time for the post season tournament

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Pros:  Light weight but not much pop

Cons:  Not near the bat the old Catalyst were. Broke half way through the season. Will probably get a different make and model

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Pros:  good if it doesnt brake in half

Cons:  This bat is a waste of money!!! My 10 year son used his for about five games and the bat broke in half. We returned the bat and we got another one. Well during a allstar tournament the bat broke again. The bat was onlt used for a few months and we did not used it in a batting cage.

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Pros:  Unsure...see cons

Cons:  Never really got a chance to test it out - first game, first at bat, the bat cracked and broke in half! Now we are waiting for a new one to be delivered. Will be without a bat for this weekend's tournamnet. Am very concerned whether this will be a repeat problem in the future. Very disappointed.

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Pros:  this is a good bat

Cons:  none

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Pros:  First composite bat, for a 5'1" tall a 31 inch/20 oz is the perfect solution and a transition to a full adult bat. It is still being broken in, and in my opinion composite outshines metal alloys. Excellent bat for the price.

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Questions and Answers for the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst Senior League Baseball Bat: SL12C

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Is this bat approved for Babe Ruth?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League is not approved for any division of Babe Ruth baseball. The 13-15 year old division allows the use of 2 5/8" barrel diameters, which this bat has, but all bats with composite barrels must be BBCOR certified. This Catalyst is a Youth Big Barrel model and is not BBCOR certified.

Mac Expert
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I am 5' 1" and 93 pounds. Is a 31" 20 oz. good for me?

Based on results from our Bat Coach tool (http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/), the 31" model of the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C would be the recommended size for you.

Mac Expert
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Does this bat still come with warranty even though it's last year's model?

Yes, all new bats, including the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League, come with their manufacturer's warranty.

Kevin Expert
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Can this bat lose its pop?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C, like all bats, will eventually show a decrease in performance. The performance life of the bat will depend on how much it is used and how it is stored.

Mac Expert
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My son is 95 lbs. and 49" tall. Would this be a good bat for him?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League might be a little too big for him.I would recommend going with a 29" 18 oz. bat like the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MYBB20 Youth.

Marcus Expert
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Is this bat USSSA certified?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League is USSSA certified.

Marcus Expert
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Is this legal in Babe Ruth for 2013? The rules state that a composite barrel bat needs to be marked BBCOR .50

No, according to the rules the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League would not be legal.

Chad M. Expert
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How would you compare this bat to the Easton S3? Just want to know difference in performance and balance. My son plays on 9 year old travel that plays about 60 games.

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst and the Easton S3 will be high performing bats. Both bats will be very balanced and fast swinging. The difference will be the Catalyst will be 2 oz. lighter in the same length as the S3. Also, the Easton S3 will be an alloy bat and the Catalyst is a composite bat.

Justin R. Expert
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Do you offer this in a 28"?

Due to the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League being a closeout product we are out of stock in the 28" and will no longer offer that size.

Robert C Expert
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I am torn between the 2013 Easton S1: SL13S110 Senior League bat or the TPX Catalyst. My 8U son is used to a 29" 17oz. bat, but Easton does not make a bat it that series with those dimensions. Is the Catalyst fairly comparable? Thanks for your help! Ken

It's always recommend that a player stick with the same type of bat they have used in the past with the most success. In doing so, the player is much, much more likely to have continued success at the plate. The Catalyst is a one-piece bat, where the S1 is a two-piece bat. The S1 will be a little more evenly balanced than the Catalyst.

Tyler Expert
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The description says that this bat is legal for use in 2012. Will it be legal in 2013?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League bat features the new USSSA stamp and is legal in 2013 and beyond.

Tyler Expert
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My son is 9yrs, 4'9", 90lbs plays select ball. Is currently playing with a 28" 18oz 2"3/4" Omaha.. which would you recommend (Omaha or Catalyst) and what size?

It's always recommend that a player stick with the same type of bat they have used in the past with the most success. In doing so, the player is much, much more likely to have continued success at the plate. Thus, the Omaha would be recommended. A 30" model would be recommended.

Tyler Expert
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Sorry several questions. I purchased two TPX Catalyst for my boys (8 and 10). Is it true you should not use the composite bats in batting cages? Explain the "break in" period to me (length of time, number of hits). Do you recommend a tuff sleeve or similar product for use during practice to extend bat life ? Will that effect the break ii? Thanks

You should not use any bat in batting cages that use those yellow dimpled balls. These pitching machine balls are very dense and can cause damage to any bat whether it's composite or alloy. Composite bats require 150-200 hits off a tee or soft toss to break-in. You'll need to have your boys start at about 40% power, gradually increasing, while rotating the bat a half inch in their hands between each hit. A Tuff sleeve is not proven to extend the lifespan of bats. If you use one, I would increase the break-in by 50-75 hits.

Tyler Expert
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My son is 10 years old, 4'10" and 90 pounds. What would be the recommended bat size and weight?

The recommended bat length for him would be 30". At ten years old, with a 30" bat I would recommend anywhere between an 18 oz. and a 20 oz. bat depending upon his strength and reaction time at the plate.

Jeff Expert
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Is the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League baseball bat as good as the other Catalysts?

Yes, the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C Senior League baseball bat has the same performance and quality as every bat in the Catalyst series.

Jeff Expert
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Legal for middle school baseball?

You will have to contact your coach or athletic director as middle school baseball rules vary by district.

Tyler Expert
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My 8yr old son 4'5" 70lbs is currently using a reflex 30" 2 1/4 barrel 17oz bat. He is hitting decent with this but would like to get an upgrade since everyone else is using big barrel bats on his team. Am wondering if going to 29" length is ok in this bat to keep the jump in weight down and to also be more in line with other kids his age and also inline with the "Bat Coach" recommendations on this site.

We recommend the 29" 18 oz Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst. A 30" bat is normally used for 10 or 11 year old players and the 2 oz. drop would be too much of a jump for a young player.

Kara Expert
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Is this bat better than the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX catalyst: sl13c Senior League?

Both the 2012 and 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst are going to perform the same. The only difference is the drop of the two bats.

Noah Expert
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When will there be a new stamp?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst has the new USSSA BPF 1.15 stamp.

Kara Expert
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Any chance that the 28" 17 oz. option of this bat will be available again this fall?

The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst will be released in November and it will come in a -12 length to weight ratio. It will be offered in a 28" 16 oz.

Nick Expert
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When do you restock the 30" 19oz bat?

We wont be receiving any TPX Catalyst bats in that size until Louisville releases their new line around mid-November.

Tyler Expert
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Do you think the 31 20 would be too big for my son? He is about 4' 6" and 70 lbs. He is currently using a 30 18 vendetta but would like to switch to a full composite big barrel. I'm worried about the length.

The 31" might be a little on the big size for your son. You could consider the Louisville Slugger TPX Triton II is a fully composite bat with a -12 length to weight ratio like his Vendetta. Here is a link. http://www.justbats.com/product/louisville-slugger-tpx-triton-ii--sl12t-senior-league/14247/?pa_source=justbats&pa_content=was&pa_medium=badges&pa_content=louisville-slugger-tpx-triton-ii--sl12t-senior-league

Tom Expert
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Can you comment on the durability of this bat compared to the Combat B3 SL1?

Based on customer feedback and return rates, the TPX Catalyst has a very slight advantage over the COMBAT B3SL1 in terms of durability.

Tyler Expert
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Can you use this bat in 13U AAU in MA?

We advise to check with local league officials for exact requirements in your league.

Kara Expert
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Do you anticipate any availability for 29" 18oz?

The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL12C is a discontinued model so we will not be receiving anymore of those in until the fall when Louisville Slugger releases their 2013 line.

Tom Expert
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Is a 18.5oz to heavy for 10U?

No that shouldn't be too big, but it depends on the players height, weight, and most importantly bat speed.

Tom Expert
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Do you have a 31" 19 oz in stock?

No. We are currently out of stock of the 30" 19 oz. Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst. The sizes we show on the web site are the ones we have in inventory.

Damon Expert
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Is this bat legal for Babe Ruth?

The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst is not legal for Babe Ruth.

Kara Expert
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Will you be getting any more 30/19 bats?

The Louisville Slugger SL12C is now a discontinued item and is no longer being manufactured. We will soon have the new model in all sizes. Once we have the new model we will have it listed online.

Kris Expert
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Why is the 27/16 no longer avaliable?

We are currently out of stock of the Catalyst 27" 16oz. That is why it's no longer available for selection.

Ryan Expert
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Z1000 vs Catalyst vs Triton senior league bats. Z1000 has the disks inserted in the barrel to not allow the bat to over perform. The Triton and Catalyst do not. Does that mean the Triton and the Catalyst will out perform the Z1000? Also since the Triton is made of more durable composite than the Catalyst, the Catalyst would be the hottest of the 3?

Disks or no disks, the Louisville Slugger Z-1000, Louisville Slugger Catalyst and Louisville Slugger TPX Triton II will perform on the same level. The discs allow bats to perform at their best form day one. Composite bats without the discs will require a break in period and will take some time before they reach the same performance level as bats with the discs. Based on customer feedback, I would give the Catalyst an edge on the Triton in terms of pop. However, I think the Catalyst and Z-1000 will be on equal playing fields when it comes to pop.

Tyler Expert
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Does this bat come in any of your bat packs?

Thank you for your question. The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst is not currently included in our bat packs.

Nick Expert
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My son has been using the Prodigy (29/19) SLP102 with great results. Is batting over .600 in USSSA, AAU ball in central Florida with his first home run in our last tournament. Was looking for a bat for next season and keep coming back to this bat. He is 4'8" and 70 pounds. Would you suggest the Catalyst 30/19 or go back with the Legit? Looking for good pop and balance. Great bat speed and contact type hitter that drives the ball. Please suggest other bats you feel would fit the bill. Have also been looking at the Vertex.

First of all, based on your son's height and weight, a 30" bat would be recommended with a weight around 19 or 20 ounces. It's generally a good idea to move up an ounce or two in weight every time you purchase a new bat (but at 8 or 9 years old, this isn't as pertinent). I always recommend sticking with what the player has had success with in the past (or at least something similar). The Louisville Slugger Catalyst would be a great option. It has great pop and good balance. Sticking with the Worth Prodigy is another option, but that means he would be using a 30" 20oz model, which shouldn't be a problem for him. Another bat I would recommend would be the Easton S3. It is a very balanced bat and has similar pop to the Prodigy. All would be great choices, but I really think he'd like the Catalyst.

Tyler Expert
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is this bat approved for Junior league play?

No. The SL12C is a composite Youth Big Barrel bat and it is not approved for the Junior Division in Little League.

Tyler Expert
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Is this bat approved for 11U USSSA? Thanks.

Yes, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst is approved for USSSA.

Kara Expert
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Is it OK to use this bat in a batting cage with cage balls and not real baseballs?

You can, but it's not recommended. Dimpled pitching machine balls are very dense and are known to decrease the lifespan of any bat. If the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst is your game bat, I recommend not using it in the cage unless it uses real baseballs.

Tyler Expert
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We need a bat that has IPF stamp or USSSA. Is this bat legal for this year?

The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst does feature the new USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp. This makes the bat legal for use this year and beyond.

Jennifer Expert
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This bat is not BBCOR labeled?

Correct, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst is BBCOR certified. Only adult -3 bats will have the BBCOR certification.

Jennifer Expert
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How many swings do you think it will take to break in this bat ?

Normally, the break in time is 150-200 swings off of a tee or soft toss with real baseballs, rotating the bat 1/4" after each swing before using it in a game.

KB Expert
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Is this bat approved for Junior League baseball 2012?

Composite barrels must be BBCOR certified for Junior League Baseball. The SL12C is not legal in this division.

Kara Expert
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What is the lowest temperature this bat can safely be used in?

We suggest to use composite bats in 55 degrees or above. For cooler than 55 degrees we suggest to use aluminum barreled bats.

Shelbe Expert
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Why is this bat $100 less than the Z-1000?

The Z-1000 and the Catalyst are made from different composite materials. With that being said, the Z1000 is made out of a higher grade material and will typically be more durable. Other than that, since they are both one piece composite bats, they will perform about the same.

Jennifer Expert
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Is this a good bat to get for a coach pitch 8u team?

The Sl12C is constructed to withstand a greater velocity of pitching than coach pitch. For more options for coach pitch bats you can also see the Junior Big Barrel search filter at Justbats.com.

Shelbe Expert
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My son is anxious to start breaking in his new bat. How will the bat be affected if he uses it on his Hit Away?

Using the Hit Away is an acceptable way to break in a composite bat. This should not effect the integrity of the bat.

KB Expert
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Is the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp on this bat protected in any way? ie. under the finished coat.

There is a clear coat over the USSSA BPF 1.15 stamp. We have not had any issues with the stamp rubbing off the bat with Louisville Sluggers bats.

John Expert
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Being a composite bat, will this bat be legal for Senior League in 2013? I have heard rumors that the new bat rules effective January 1, 2012 will soon change again and rumor has it that composite bats will be banned because once broken in, they will no longer meet the 1.15 BPF regulation. Is there any truth to this?

As far as we've been told or can find out thus far, there is no planned changes to the Senior League Rules for 2013.

Robb Expert
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Is this bat all composite and how many hits does it take to break in?

Yes this bat is full composite. For any composite bat it takes roughly 150 to 200 hits to fully break in.

Brad Expert
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Is this bat legal for Dizzy Dean?

Please check with your league official on your bat rules. This bat does have the USSSA stamp that some leagues require.

KG Expert
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My son plays 11U tournament ball. He is 4'11 and 83lbs, last year he used 28"/18oz he is looking at the 30"/19oz for the 2012 year. What do you think.

Moving him up in weight and length is always a good thing to do as they get older and bigger. Make sure that he is comfortable with a 2" increase in length. I think that he should be fine moving up though

Ryan Expert
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Does this bat say approved for Pony League play?

Yes, it is approved for Pony League.

Kara Expert
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My son is a 10yr old power hitter. He used 29"/20oz Miken Torch and 30"/18oz TPX Omaha XT Stiff last year. He is 5ft tall and 100lbs. Will Catalyst provide the pop like his Miken and the durability of his TPX XT Stiff? Would you recommend 30" or 31"? Thank you!

He could go with either one and be within the range for his height and weight.

Linda Expert
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Is this bat balanced or end loaded?

This bat is a balanced bat.

Linda Expert
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Does this bat have a stamp saying it is approved for pony league play?

The only one that lists the Pony league approval is the youth small barrel. It is not imprinted into the big barrel. So I would check with your league to make sure big barrel bats are allowed.

Linda Expert
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Just bought this bat for my 12u son. Just wondering other than cage time, what maybe can we do to break this bat in?

To be honest, if you do use it in a cage, make sure the machine only throws real baseballs. If they use those yellow dimpled, compressed rubber balls, I would not use that bat in the cage. Those balls are horrible on composite bats. Best way to do it is regular BP on the field, or a soft toss. Rotating the bat every few hits, for an even break in.

Linda Expert
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How does the TPX Catalyst compare to the Easton S-3? I know that the Catalyst is fully composite and the S-3 is metal alloy. I'm looking for the bat with the most pop and durability. Thanks.

Catalyst is a 1 piece all composite, and the S3 is 1 piece all alloy.

Linda Expert
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Hello, my son plays travel ball. he is in an 11U team. He is 5'1" and 120 pounds. Does this is a good bat for him or I should consider the worth 2013 that you have? What size I should get for him?

This is a very good bat with tons of pop. A good size for him would be the 31/20oz bat. This bat has a composite barrel and will give him more power than an alloy barrel bat.

Kris Expert
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Does this bat meet the new USSSA Baseball bat requirements. Is it a qualified BBCORE bat?

This bat does have the USSSA stamp. This is not a BBCOR bat as those are only -3 Adult bats.

Kris Expert
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My son is 9 (4'6', 75lbs) and plays for a 9u travel team. I need to get him a new bat because the league now requires the USSSA stamp. He has been using a 27in, 17oz easton. He tried a 28in, 18 oz yesterday at batting practice but felt it was to heavy. He is a contact hitter with not a lot of "pop". I was considering this bat at the 28in, 17oz (I like the -11). What do you think, any suggestions.

The Catalyst is a one piece all composite bat. It will require a little break in, but it is the -11, and has great pop, once broken in.

Linda Expert
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Is this BBCOR certified?

BBCOR bats will be -3 Adult only. Senior League bats will not be BBCOR.

Kris Expert
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My 8 year old has been using a 29"(-12) 2 1/4" bat but wants a 2 5/8" for travel ball this spring. His coach recommends finding a 29"(-12), though I'm weary of the Triton pricewise and the Omaha on the other end looks to be too heavy. Seems the Catalyst would be a good compromise, would there be a big difference between -11 and -12? He is 4'7" but skinny/60 lbs. Thanks.

No, one ounce should not be that noticable for him. I like the pop of the Catalyst.

Linda Expert
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My 10-year-old is a lightweight travel baseball player who really wants a big barrel (that meets the USSSA 1.15 criteria). Is this a good bat for him? At roughly 5 feet, 70 pounds, what is the ideal length/weight of the bat? And what are the pros AND cons of a big barrel that is -12 compared to a 2 1/4 bat with the same weight diff? Thanks!

First, does the travel ball league he plays in allow big barrel? If so, then The Catalyst would be a good choice. For his size I would go with a 30 or 31 inch bat.

Linda Expert
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HI my son is 8 yrs old he is swinging a TPX omaha 28in 18oz -10 bat and its alittle heavy should i go with the catalyst 28 17 -11 or a 27in 17 oz bat? Thank You

I would go with the 28 17, it will still have the same length as the bat he used but it will have a lighter feel

Sean Expert
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Would this bat be good for a 9u that is 5" 106 lbs that when makes contact, crushes the ball. But, he is often late on pitches. I was hoping the bigger barrel and lighter bat would help him get around quicker.

The lighter weight would help with his bat speed. Based on his height and weight I would suggest getting him the 31 inch 20 oz bat.

Kara Expert
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How does this compare to the Marucci Black for a 10U 65 lbs contact hitter?

I would lean towards the Marucci Black. It is a two-piece bat with a slightly lower MOI which is better suited for contact hitters in my opinion.

TJ Expert
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Will this bat be legal to use in 2013 and 2014?

Yes. It will be legal in 2013 & 2014 for ages 14U and below.

Kara Expert
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Which is better a this one piece composite or a half and half?

Both are good options, the one piece composite is just going to be stiffer than a half and half model

Sean Expert
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Is this bat approved for Pony League play?

This bat does have the newest USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp required, so yes it will be.

Linda Expert
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How does this bat compare to the Demarini Vendetta?

The Vendetta is a two piece bat with a composite handle and an alloy barrel. The Catalyst is a one piece all composite bat. Both are good bats.

K.B. Expert
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Do you have this bat in a 27/16?

No, we do not have that size. When I looked at the Louisville website, I didn't see that they had it either. Will post more when I get additional info.

Linda Expert
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Would you suggest using this bat is cold weather? We have always used allow bats and have been told the composite bats don't perform well in the cold and are easily damaged when cold.

We suggest trying not to use composite bats in weather under 50 degrees. The bat has a higher chance of breaking in that weather.

Sean Expert
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Does this bat have a good sized sweetspot

Yes, it will have a good size sweetspot.

K.B. Expert
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Hello, my son used a TPX GEN X last year and was very happy with the performance. I know this is different because of the stamp but I am curious if the bats are made with the same material and if the performance would be similar?

The Catalyst SL12C would be very close to the Gen X model. 1 piece all composite, once broken in, has awesome pop.

LKH Expert
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Can you get a catalyst in 2 3/4" minus 10 or 11? USSSA approved?

The Catalyst only comes in a 2 5/8" barrel with a -11 drop. It will though have the new required USSSA stamp on the bat.

John Expert
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My son is a small kid. 4'4" and 70lbs and plays for a 9U travel team. Last year he used the lithium and had decent results. 380 avg. He's a contact hitter and I was thinking about this bat for him. His bat speed is already good and with the -11 on this bat i think he might get some more power. Thoughts?

I would suggest he stay with the same drop as he was previosly using since he already has great bat speed. I would suggest the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha: SL126XL or 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha: SL126 in the -10 if you want an all alloy bat.

K.B. Expert
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Will this bat crack when facing 11, 12 year old pitchers?

This bat is designed to face live pitching and will have a durable barrel. The Catalyst has a composite barrel which will give the batter very good pop.

Kris Expert
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How does the Catalyst compare to the Exo grid and the Easton Omen? I don't know which one to try1

The main difference is that the SL12C is a -11 so it is a little lighter bat than the Omen and the Exo. All three are very high performing models.

Mark Expert
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Which bat would you say is better? This one or Triton II

They are both 1 piece all composite bats. Both have the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp on it. The only real difference is the type of composite material that is used. Both will have great pop on them once broken in.

llbean Expert
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Hi my son is 8 yrs old and playing on a 10u travel team. I wanted to know if this would be a good bat for him, he needs more bat speed. i was thinking of the the 29"/18oz. He's using a 28"/20oz old tpx. he is 49" tall and 49 lbs what size do you think is good for him. Thank you for your time.

This is a great link that we have the helps pick out the best bat and the best length and weight; http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/

Todd Expert
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  • -11 Length to Weight Ratio
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The SL12C features the USSSA 1.15 stamp and is legal for use in 2012 and beyond! Since 1884, Louisville Slugger has been producing high-quality baseball equipment for all ages and skill levels. When players are serious about winning, they reach for the brand that has won more national college championships than any other: Louisville Slugger TPX. After a few years away from the game of baseball, Louisville Slugger reintroduces the TPX Catalyst! With one of the most remarkable designs of any bat on the market, the Catalyst will undoubtedly be one of the hottest bats to own this season. Made from C1C Composite and featuring winged graphics, the one-piece Catalyst is designed to send the ball flying! The C1C Composite is precisely layered with toughened epoxy resin to make it not only high performing, but insanely durable for a mid-level priced bat! The Catalyst is topped off with the patented Louisville Slugger End Cap that dampens vibration and traps that energy in the barrel to create explosive bat to ball contact! With a 7/8 inch tapered handle and a synthetic leather grip, the Catalyst will feel amazing in your hands as you prepare to hit your next homer! Louisville Slugger: Intimidate at the Plate! The Catalyst is backed by a Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty. Free Shipping!
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