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Bat Pack Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 and Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bats: WTLUBS718B5 and US8V5
Bat Pack Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 and Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bats: WTLUBS718B5 and US8V5
Bat Pack Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 and Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bats: WTLUBS718B5 and US8V5
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Features

  • Approved For Play In AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony

  • Free Shipping!

  • -5 Length To Weight Ratio

  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • Colorway: Black | Silver | Blue | Green

  • Custom Lizard Skins Baseball Bat Grip Provides Premium Comfort

  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Hot Out Of The Wrapper Performance

  • Three-Piece, Hybrid Baseball Bat

  • ST 7U1+ Alloy Barrel Provides Maximum Pop & Durability

  • 100% Composite Handle Helps Reduce Vibration In Hands

  • Lightweight Speed Ballistic Composite (SBC) End Cap Enhances Swing Speed

  • Slightly End Loaded Swing Weight

  • TRU3 Technology Decreases Vibration & Guarantees A Smooth Feel On Contact

Description

Louisville Slugger baseball bats are now available for USA Baseball! The Select 718 series is set to deliver unmatched power through a two-piece, hybrid design with a slightly end loaded swing weight. An indestructible ST 7U1+ alloy barrel combines with a 100% composite handle and the new Speed Ballistic end cap to provide premium power, faster swing speeds, and less sting in the hands than ever before. Between the barrel and the handle, Louisville Slugger has brought back the redesigned TRU3 technology that allows for independent movement which eliminates negative vibration and provides an elite feel during every at-bat. If you're looking for reliable power, championship level performance, and an increase in your batting average, the Select 718 baseball bat is exactly what you need. As an added bonus, a custom Lizard Skins grip comes equipped for superior comfort and an increase in control through the zone. Louisville Slugger: Make every swing count and find your bat from the most trusted lineup in the game!

This Louisville Slugger Select 718 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) features a drop 5 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter, and the new USA Baseball (USABat) certification. With that stamp, this model is approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony baseball. Ready to up your game? Then pick up one of these Select 718 baseball bats today with free shipping and a full one (1) year manufacturer's warranty. Don't forget, with our 24/7 customer service, we'll be here for you from click to hit!

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Best Bat of 2018 USA IMHO Smith parent

Pros: We have tried all of the top USA 2018 bats and this bat by far is the best choice for power hitters. If your child can not handle the largest and heaviest bats this may not be the best choice for him, but for those that can it is the closest thing to the old bats and a great step in transition to drop 3 BBCOR bats for high school.

Cons: We have none

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unsure about weight 12u baseball dude player

Pros: Was unsure of going from $350. brand "E" 32 inch drop 10 To a shorter 30" drop 5. The swing speed has decreased from 74 to 69 but the control, inertia, and pop of this bat more then make up for the speed. The pop is much closer to last year's bat then anything we've tried. Of course going to shorter bat a few balls have been hit off the end with very little vibration. A great bat for stronger kids or 12 and up. Or a great step on the way to bbcor. It does swing very smooth, and can feel the barrel all the way thru finish.

Cons: Not sure about durability but it's a slugger!

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Weight Balance Joseph coach

Pros: Bat seems durable, and not too shabby for a USA bat.

Cons: Weight balance isn't as nice as the DeMarini. Too much weight at the end of the bat.

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718 Select Ethan Simmons Player

Pros: Good feel

Cons: None

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Amazing bat Brantly Player

Pros: Very good pop and hitting homers

Cons: None

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Players reviews Michael Francesconi Coach

Pros: Good Pop, balanced, doesn't sting your hands! It is a well made bat with a great tapered grip!

Cons: It is heavy for the smaller kids on the team to swing with good bat speed.

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Louisville slugger 718 -5 USA Bat James Coach

Pros: Solid pop off the bat, no vibrations, my 12 yr old uses a 31/26 bat, he says it feels good and solid.

Cons: None so far.

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Louisville Slugger A+ Dan Parent

Pros: Good price. Great feel.

Cons: None yet.

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Best USA Bat I have seen Kevin Parent

Pros: Closest bat to a mako

Cons: None

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USA Bat James Phillips Coach

Pros: Good pop for USA bat, definitely end loaded, but balance is good, for Cal Ripken play good as advertised. Not much if any vibration, sweet spot is barrel up, grip is better than most!

Cons: No cons!

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Not good Cash Player

Pros: It is safe

Cons: It doesnt hit hard at all and overall feel not godd

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my little league bat Dean Collins Player

Pros: it is really good has a lot of pop compared to all of the other bats like all bats when you hit it bad there is not that much vibration. there is still vibration though. when you hit it good you don't feel anything.

Cons: the barrel is tapered though that is one thing i don't like.

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2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 Shawn Morris Parent

Pros: Son loves the bat.

Cons: Nothing

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The Bomb Tom Parent

Pros: Great bat for youth!

Cons: N/A

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Excellent Bat Tom Parent

Pros: Much better pop from this bat

Cons: None

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Is the barrel made of composite or aluminum material?
Charlie
This 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) will feature a barrel that is built of aluminum material.
Ben
I understand that the USA stamp is legal for certain leagues and that a USSSA stamped bat may not be legal. What I am unclear about is if there is a difference in the "pop" of either certification. For instance, would a travel ball kid who plays in tourneys that accept bats with the USSSA certification be putting himself at a disadvantage by choosing a USA stamped bat?
Douglas
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 will have lower performance capabilities when compared to the same type of bat in a USSSA model. The reason for this is USA stamped bats have thicker barrel walls and thus the trampoline effect will be less resulting in slower exit velocities off the bat. If a player can use a USSSA model then it would be better to use those types of bats.
Cameron
Does it help to roll a aluminum bat?
Hendo
No, rolling an aluminum bat like this 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) would not improve performance. We would not recommend rolling a composite bat either as it is illegal in most leagues and typically voids that bat's warranty.
Taylor
Is there a break in period on hybrid bats with aluminum barrels such as these, or is it "hot" out of the wrapper?
Rob
There is no break in required on bats such as the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5. Any bat featuring an alloy barrel will be hot out of the wrapper.
Cameron
My son's team is playing in a tournament that requires bats to be BPF 1.15 or BBCOR with a max drop of 5. Would this bat qualify?
KC
This 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) would be allowed per the league rules listed in your question. However, this bat has USA certification. All bats that are USA certified will perform lower than the BPF 1.15 bats (USA rated bats will perform pretty parallel to BBCOR bats). In my opinion, a BBCOR bat would be more attractive than buying one of these USA bats because even though the BBCOR bat performs at a similar level as the USA bat, the BBCOR bat will help prep your player for high school baseball. If you purchased a -5 USA Bat, you would be buying a lesser performing bat (in comparison to the 1.15 rated bats) that your player would not be able to use once he got to high school. My suggestion would be to get a USSSA 1.15 BPF bat in the -5 length-to-weight ratio or a BBCOR -3 bat.
Ben
Is it a big barrel?
ldog
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 is a 2 5/8'' barrel. This the middle barrel size.
Tori
In the title it says it is a USA bat, but there is no stamp on the bat. Any comment?
pierson Dengah
On the black colored taper of this 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5), there will be a USA Stamp certification present. You can look at the "Images" section of the bat page to see the picture of the "USA" stamp.
Ben
In Minnesota at the beginning of the season some of the games can be kind of cold outside. If the temperature falls below a certain temp, can it damage the bat?
JR
The common misconception is that the cold weather effects the bat. What happens when it gets cold is that the baseball actually hardens up and that's what can damage the bat. You will want to limit how many swings you take in the cold weather with the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 and all other bats. Try to only use it for live at-bats during those colder games.
Dan
Which bat would have more pop? The 718 select -5 or the Prime 917 BBCOR? My son's travel league requires USSSA stamp -5 or BBCOR and middle school requires BBCOR. He seems to swing BBCOR well but not sure if there will be an advantage with -5 select.
pc
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 is approved for leagues like AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony. This bat will feature a BPF similar to the BBCOR BPF of .50. I would consider swinging the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 for travel ball since the BPF on this bat will be much higher resulting in a hotter bat. To summarize; USA Bats are for League Play, Senior League Bats are for Travel Play, and BBCOR Bats are for High School and Collegiate Play.
Dan
My 13 year old son is pretty small for his age and is swinging a 2018 32"/29 oz Maxum BBCOR, and has no problem hitting line drives over the four and six holes but can't quite reach the outfield gaps. Do the new USA bats have the same pop as their BBCOR counterparts? Would this -5 USA bat give him a little more distance than his -3 BBCOR?
Terry
The new USA standard was designed to try and bring bats more to the performance of a wood bat, just like BBCOR was intended to do. The pop should be very similar between the two certifications, yes. A -5 bat would provide a little better bat speed due to the lighter weight, but obviously you have less weight at the point of contact. You may see better power if the added bat speed can overcome the loss in weight.
Kyle J.
Is it okay to use this bat in cages with pitching machines throwing yellow dimpled balls?
Nilesh
We don't recommend using any bat you intend to use in a game, like the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5, in cages throwing rubber dimple balls. These type of balls are more dense than regular baseballs, therefore making them more damaging to bats.
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About the Brand

In 1842, J. Frederick Hillerich emigrated with his family from Baden-Baden, Germany to the United States. Eight years before, the 1834 Book of Sports had made its debut as the nation's first publication covering baseball. But when he arrived in Baltimore, J. Frederick Hillerich would never have dreamed of the future impact his family would have on America's favorite pastime.

After a short while, the Hillerichs moved to Louisville, where J. Fred started a woodworking shop in 1856. Two of his sons, Adam and John Andrew "Bud" were born in the United States and would later join their father in his business. By 1864 "J.F. Hillerich, Job Turning" was in operation and filled orders for businesses by custom-turning everything from balusters to bedposts.

The firm thrived, and by 1875 the little woodworking shop employed about 20 people. In 1880 Bud Hillerich, who was an amateur baseball player, became an apprentice in his father's shop. Young Bud made his own baseball bats along with bats for several of his teammates.

The debate over the origins of the first bat continues to generate controversy among baseball enthusiasts, but the younger Hillerich was most certainly involved in getting his father's business involved with what would become the company's signature item. According to company legend, the first bat was turned by Bud for Pete "The Old Gladiator" Browning in 1884. Browning was a star on Louisville's professional American Association team - the Eclipse. On a spring afternoon Bud, then seventeen, witnessed Browning break his favorite bat. Bud offered to make a bat for his hero, and Browning accepted. After the young wood shop apprentice lathed a quality stick from white ash, according to the story, Browning got three hits with it in the next game.

Louisville Slugger gloves are worn by more pitchers in Major League Baseball than any other glove.

Bat Properties

Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5
Approved For USA Bat
Barrel Diameter 2 5/8"
Baseball Bats Youth Big Barrel Youth
Bat Construction Three-Piece
Bat Type Baseball
Color Grey
Deals Personalization Eligible Closeout Bats Bundle and Save Used
Length to Weight Ratio - 5
Material Half and Half
Price $100 - $199.99
Series Select
Swing Weight Slightly End-Loaded
Vendor Louisville Slugger

Features

  • Free Shipping!

  • -5 Length To Weight Ratio

  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • Acoustic Alloy Delivers The Loudest Ping In The Game

  • Balanced Swing Weight

  • Colorway: Black / Gray / Blue

  • Comp-Lite End Cap Enhances Balance & Increases Swing Speeds

  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

  • High-Performance Straight Wall Barrel Optimizes Exit Speed

  • One-Piece, Hybrid Baseball Bat

  • Precision Laser pOp 2.0 Increases Barrel Flex For Superior Pop

  • Tackified, Synthetic Bat Grip Delivers More Control

  • Tru-View Technology Reveals 100% Aluminum Alloy Composition

  • Approved For Play In AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony

  • New USA Baseball Certification Stamp

Description

New for the season! Rawlings baseball bats have been pushing the limits of perfection for many years and it doesn't look like they are going to stop anytime soon. No matter what league you're in, you can always count on the fact that Rawlings bats are above the standard. With the VELO, you can step into the batter's box knowing that you have one of the loudest and most balanced bats in the business. It all starts with the Acoustic alloy where the proof is in the ping! This model is intended for your top of the lineup hitter. If you've mastered the art of hitting to the gaps and getting on base, there is no better option than the Rawlings VELO. Thanks in large part to the Comp-Lite end cap, this baseball bat offers insane balance while generating faster swing speeds than ever before. With the Precision pOp 2.0 technology, Rawlings utilizes a lasered groove through the sweet spot that helps increase barrel flexibility for superior pop. This one-piece, hybrid design is bound to be a favorite in the dugout for those who want to catch up to faster pitch speeds. Rawlings: Above The Standard!

This Rawlings VELO USA Baseball Bat (US8V5) features a drop 5 length to weight ratio, a standard 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter, and the new USA Bat stamp. With that new stamp, this model is approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony. Step up to the plate with one of the most balanced sticks in baseball and buy one of these VELO baseball bats today with free shipping and a full one (1) year manufacturer's warranty. Remember, we're here for you from click to hit!

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Rawlings Velo -5 Joe H. player

Pros: a bat rep held a demo at our local little league complex. he brought Rawlings, Demarini, Easton. Prior to the demo, I had already settled on a new Ghost X -10 for my 11 yr old who will be 12 in 2018 LL season. He hit with all of them, he preferred the Rawlings Velo -5. Most everyone in our area is all Easton. We have had 5 different Mako's and loved them all but he said the Rawlings felt the best, so that's what I got. As far as lack of pop, he was still able to drive the ball 200 ft, same as he could with the Easton 32/20 mako that he has now. This bat makes a huge "ping". Reminds you of the good old days before composites.

Cons: None so far, bat was demo'd only.

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Great bat Mike S player

Pros: large sweet spot

Cons: vibration can be a problem

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I've seen the word "Hybrid" associated with some of the new USA bats like this VELO -5. Does having a composite end cap make it a Hybrid or is there composite somewhere in the barrel?
ACRod
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5 is considered a "hybrid bat" due to the composite end cap. The rest of the bat, including the barrel, is made from alloy.
Cameron
Is this bat approved for 13U teams playing USSSA tournaments?
Don Totten
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5 is approved for USSSA tournaments at the 13U level.
Cameron
Will this bat have more pop than the Easton Ghost or Beast X?
JT
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5 will have a similar amount of pop compared to the Ghost and Beast X. However, both the Ghost and Beast X will be more end loaded than the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5.
Dan
What is the value of the composite end cap?
Gerald Abbott
The composite end cap on the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5 helps take weight away from the end of the bat to make it more balanced and lighter swinging.
Jason
If your son was 12 yrs old, 5'5'', 160lbs, solid, strong and quick hands, like my son. Would you buy your son this Rawlings Velo -5 or the Slugger 718 -5?
houstonastrosfan1970
Both are great bats. If your son like end loaded bats, the Slugger Select 718 is perfect for him. It is slightly end loaded with a three piece design to allow for sting reduction. If he prefers balanced, the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat (US8V5) would be the bat for him. The Velo is a hybrid as well, and will have nice sting reduction, but not as much as the Select 718.
Mick
My son is 5'8" 160lbs 13 years old. He is in Babe ruth and must have a USA stamped bat or BBCOR.50. I was looking at this bat or was wondering if another would be a better fit. He has excellent hand/eye coordination and was wondering what length/weight would be good for him.
my sons nickname is "PeanutButter"
Based on your sons height and weight the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5 in the 32"/27 ounce size would be a great option for him.
Carter
My son is turning 13yo in May. He will be playing up in Juniors this year but playing on a U12 tournament team. He's about 5' and 105lbs. Last year he used an Easton 31" -13 in league games but used a 31" -11 2 5/8 in tournaments. He tried out a -8 Ghost in the cages and seemed fine at that weight but the -5 seemed ok too. Is trying the Velo -5 unreasonable at his size? I was trying to move up in weight in anticipation of high school ball.
Dan
It is definitely going to be a big jump from a -11 but soon he will be using BBCOR bats and have to make the jump so I think that it is a good idea to get a start on that now. Based on his height and weight we would recommend a 30"/25 ounce 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5.
Carter
What is different between the Rawlings VELO and Rawlings 5150?
JW
The main difference is the Comp-Lite end cap that improves the balance of the bat for better swing speed.
Kyle J.
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Rawlings is a major manufacturer of competitive team sports equipment and apparel for baseball, basketball, and football, as well as licensed MLB, NFL, and NCAA retail products. Rawlings is a major supplier to professional, collegiate, interscholastic and amateur organizations worldwide, including the Official Baseball Supplier to Major League Baseball.

The first real innovation in glove making occurred in 1912 when Rawlings Sporting Goods Company introduced the "Sure Catch" glove, which was "endorsed by leading players all over the country." The Sure Catch was a one-piece glove with sewn-in finger channels and looked better suited for a duck's foot than a man's hand. Catchers' mitts used at the time were large and bulky with a single leather thong passing for a web.

In 1920, Bill Doak, a journeyman pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, approached Rawlings with an idea for improving the baseball glove from a mere protective device to a genuine aid in fielding. The "Bill Doak" model was so revolutionary that it stayed in Rawlings' line until 1953. Its key feature was a multi-thong web laced into the first finger and thumb, which created for the first time in baseball's young life, a natural pocket.

In 1925, Rawlings unveiled a three-fingered fielder's glove, and ten years later improved the Bill Doak model with a two-piece leather web. At the same time, the "T" web became a rage for first basemen's mitts. The pocket underwent a pronounced change in 1941 when the Trapper Mitt, also known as the Claw, appeared. The "Deep Well" pocket was so unique that Rawlings quickly patented it. The design was improved in 1950 by adding a leather piece across the top. Another significant creation occurred in 1948 with the three-fingered Playmaker. A five-fingered fielder's model, with all fingers laced together, provided greater pocket control.

The six-fingered Trap-Eze evolved in the 1960's. In more recent years, Rawlings produced the Fastback design, which gives a glove a snugger fit, greater extension, and overall control. The Holdster is a slot through which a finger can be extended for additional protection from impacts on the pocket. Then, there is the Edge-U-Cated Heel with its extended U-shaped lacing and the Pro H Web and much-copied Basket Web.

Some of Rawlings more recent glove innovations also include the unique Spin-Stopper design which reduces ball spin when the ball hits the glove, and the Cantilever glove design feature that provides a cushioned area between the hand and the glove's palm area. In all, Rawlings has produced and patented more functionally innovative glove features and designs than that of any other glove manufacturer. The result is that the modern baseball glove is much larger, more comfortable, better padded and made to last far longer than its ancestors. It is not uncommon to see today's Major League players wearing the same Rawlings' glove they wore during their college playing days. In fact, Rawlings is the #1 glove in the major leagues. Rawlings maintains about 65 models of baseball and softball mitts and gloves in its line. The prototypes of virtually all of them have been field tested by professionals before entering a sporting goods dealer's inventory.

Bat Properties

Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5
Approved For USA Bat
Barrel Diameter 2 5/8"
Baseball Bats Youth Big Barrel Youth
Bat Construction One-Piece
Bat Type Baseball
Color Black Blue Grey
Deals Closeout Bats Personalization Eligible Bundle and Save
Length to Weight Ratio - 5
Material Aluminum Half and Half
Price $100 - $199.99
Series Velo
Swing Weight Balanced
Vendor Rawlings

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