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Features

  • Free Shipping!

  • 100% Composite Handle Offers Maximum Durability & Power

  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • -8 Length To Weight Ratio

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

  • Balanced Swing Weight For The Ultimate Speed & Power Combination

  • Colorway: Red / White / Blue / Black

  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Hot Out Of The Wrapper Performance

  • Maximum Durability & Power On Contact

  • NEW LS Pro Comfort Grip For Perfect Tack & Cushion

  • Recommended For Contact & Power Hitters

  • ST 7U1+ Alloy Barrel Offers Huge Sweet Spot

  • Three-Piece, Hybrid Baseball Bat

  • Updated SBC End Cap For Increased Swing Speed & Maximum Control

  • USA Baseball (USABat) Certified Stamp

  • VCX Technology Creates A Feel Unique To Each Player Type

  • VCX Technology Creates Independent Movement Between Barrel & Handle

Description

Increase your swing speed with this 2019 Louisville Slugger Select Hybrid 719 baseball bat. The 3-piece hybrid construction creates a strong and durable baseball bat with plenty of pop for hitting deep. A solid crack on the bat starts with swing speed, which is why this Louisville Slugger sports a new Speed Ballistic Composite end cap that slices through the air without sacrificing control. The patented VCX technology allows for independent movement between the barrel and the handle that controls vibration and provides unmatched feel on contact. VCXTM technology creates a feel unique to each sport and player type. The balanced swing weight lets the bat do some of the work when you're hitting for power, or when you need that extra swing speed to push your momentum to the max. Louisville Slugger: Others Make Bats, We Make History.

This Louisville Slugger Select Hybrid 719 baseball bat (WTLUBS719B8) features a drop 8 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter, and the USA baseball stamp making this bat approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony baseball. The LS Pro Comfort Grip pairs with a tapered handle for a bat that you can get a real handle on when swinging at fastballs or for slower changeups. Stare down the toughest throwers in the league when you go up to bat holding this Select Hybrid series bat that ships at no cost and comes with a one 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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Great USA bat Dadof3 Parent

Pros: Real good pop, virtual no vibration. My son loves it

Cons: Need 200-300 swings to get it going

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Make sure your player can swing a drop-5 Brian Coach

Pros: Great bat in every. My 11 year old son, 155lbs. 5-7 dominates all pitchers. This 2019 Louisville barrel seems to be more solid than last years— Easton ghost X. Buy it if your player can handle a drop -5.

Cons: Nothing

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Caden’s bat Caden Hopkins Player

Pros: Zero vibration , great pop!

Cons: Sweet spot a little smaller than a zen.

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Amazing bat Perfect A Son Player

Pros: No vibration at all no matter where you hit it. Amazing pop and not even broken in yet. Balance is good could be a little better but it’s not bad. It feels so good every time and just an outstanding bat.

Cons: May need to break in around 150-300 hits. A little tip roate the bat a little every hit it will break it in faster.

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shows sign of wear instantly Brian Parent

Pros: Good swing, good weight balance

Cons: The coating they use comes off with almost every hit. I expect better out of a bat at this price range.

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Excellent Jon Parent

Pros: My 12yo hits this bat extremely well. Almost hit 3 dingers but hit the fence.

Cons: None

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No pop out of the box TJ Long Parent

Pros: Very little vibration I guess.

Cons: No pop. 200-300 swings, not seeing any break in. Disappointed would be an understatement. Demarini USA bat has a lot better pop, couldn’t find -8 tho.

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USA best Keith Stancill Coach

Pros: Got this late in the season , but the big kids have no trouble with it. Good POP. Hit 5 diggers with it and counting.

Cons: All the kids want to hit with it and they just can't get it around.

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Great feel Stefen Parent

Pros: No getting used to. Great feel. Comfortable

Cons: Nothing so far

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great bat david Parent

Pros: my son loves it!!! Now the other kid uses it!!! i guess that could be a good thing..

Cons: None so far..

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Very Solid TH Coach

Pros: No vibration, feels extremely solid when the ball is hit.

Cons: Not a criticism of the bat, but make sure the kid is ready to swing something heavier and end loaded. My kid has trouble getting the 32/24 around, and is popping up a lot more with it. Should have stuck with 31/21 through this season, now he won't go back to his Omaha (which is a great $99 bat.)

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Pros and cons Christian Faulstich Player

Pros: This bat gas so much pop, and has a great feel off the barrel, it fells like a composite bat, when really it’s an alloy barrel

Cons: The grip on the bat wears out fast, don’t let any of you teammates use it

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On FIRE !!!! Scott Owens Parent

Pros: Great Bat My 12u Player Hit 3 Bombs so Far this weekend 2 in one game in The State Semi Finals. The bat is a game changer. The -8 isn't for everyone....You need power! Great Price compared to Sporting goods stores and Batting Cage Stores

Cons: Didn't Buy it sooner....

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Coach's review Jr Coach

Pros: Love the end load and pop that comes off this bat

Cons: No at this time

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Still Great!! Peter Moon Parent

Pros: Great feel and balanced swing. Looking forward to using this bat during this fall season

Cons: None

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No pop out of the box - disappointing Paul LaBelle Parent

Pros: Nice looking bat, durability seems good.

Cons: My 11 year old son got this bat for 7th grade school ball and is completely disappointed with the performance out of the box and it doesn’t seem like it will get any better with a break in. Sweet spot hits don’t go very far into the outfield. Hits not on the sweet spot barely leave the infield on the ground.

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Great potential! Jasen Myers Coach

Pros: Solid feel. No vibration. Great price, and quick delivery! Just off-season cage sessions for my 8u travel baller now. Building strength/bat speed for next spring with the -8.

Cons: None yet

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Money well spent Josh Boskie Other

Pros: My son has been crushing the ball with his new bat

Cons: I didn’t buy the bat in the spring

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Should I go with this or the Rawlings Quatro?
Brett
Both the 2019 Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8 and the Rawlings Quatro will be balanced bats with good performance. It will just come down to the personal preference of liking alloy or composite barrels. The Louisville Slugger 719 has an alloy barrel and the Rawlings Quatro has a composite barrel.
Tori
Between Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 and the Rawlings Quatro, which one has more power / distance?
Simon
The USA certification puts a strict performance guidelines on all of the USA models that will make the 2019 Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8 and the 2019 Rawlings Quatro the same in power or distance.
Max
Do you have any feedback on the bat yet?
Ed MCLEOD
Unfortunately, we have not had any customer feedback on the 2019 Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8.
Max
Does this bat have a break in period?
Tom Rhodes
No, the Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8 will not require a break-in period. A bat that features an alloy barrel, like this LS Select 719, will be hot out of the wrapper.
Cameron
I have read on the Louisville Slugger website that the LS 719 -8 USA bat is “the most end loaded bat in the 2019 Louisville Slugger lineup.” However, I have read on other sites (including yours) that the LS 719 -8 USA bat is a balanced bat. Can you tell me whether it is a balanced or end loaded bat? Also, have you guys measured it’s swing weight? Thanks
Rick McBride
We have not measured the swing weight, as those are done by the manufacturers and each typically has their own methods and way to rate the swing weight of their products. This bat is the most end loaded model in the Louisville Slugger lineup, but it is not a true end load. Balanced vs end load is more of a scale rather than a strict yes or no. Basically this bat is still considered balanced, but not quite as balanced as the other models they currently offer in the 2019 lineup.
Kyle
Is this bat the replacement for the 718 select from last year?
Justin
Yes, the 2019 Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8 is the new version/replacement for the 718.
Tori
Can I use this bat for USSSA?
Jackson
Some USSSA leagues will allow the use of USA bats like this Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA, but USA bats will not have the same pop and performance of a USSSA bat. I would contact a coach or league official for more information on the bat rules for your league.
Kyle
Is this a USSSA approved bat?
Tiffany Clark
The Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8 is a USA approved bat. Although this bat is lower performing than a USSSA bat it certainly could be used in a USSSA league/game.
Cameron
I'm looking for a transition bat for my son who will be 13 next year, playing in Pony League. He is a high average hitter, but hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and doesn't rely on power. I'm more concerned with bat speed right now and do not think he will be ready for a -3 BBCOR. What are your thoughts on this bat for kids in this period, as there aren't a lot of -8 USA bats on the market.
Andy Hershberger
The Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8 is a great option to consider for a player seeking a balanced bat to help assist with great bat speed and control. The -8 length to weigth ratio is a good weight for a player who is 13 years of age.
Cameron
How does this compare to the 2020 version? Is it the same bat with a different paint job? How true is it to its sticker weight?
The Legendary Deuce
The only change to the Louisville Slugger Select -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS7B820, when comparing it to the previous year's Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8, is the colorway. As for actual weight of the bat, we have not had a chance to weigh a model to get a better idea of this.
Cameron
Can this LS Select 719 be used in colder weather since it has an alloy barrel? Meaning like the LS Prime you recommend not using it under 55 degrees since it is a composite barrel.
Bryan
An alloy barrel bat, like the Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8, would make a better option in colder weather compared to a composite bat (Prime).
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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

2019 Louisville Slugger Select 719 -8 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS719B8
Approved For USA Bat
Barrel Diameter 2 5/8"
Baseball Bats Youth Youth Big Barrel
Bat Construction Three-Piece
Bat Type Baseball
Color Black
Deals Personalization Eligible Closeout Bats Bundle and Save Used
Length to Weight Ratio - 8
Material Half and Half
Price $100 - $199.99 $0 - $99.99
Series Select
Swing Weight Balanced
Vendor Louisville Slugger

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.
Logan
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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

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