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Bat #1: Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8

Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
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Bat #2: Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5

Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
Bat Pack Marucci Hex Connect -8 and Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bats: MSBHCX8 and UT8V5
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Bat #1: Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8

Bat #2: Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5

Features

  • Free Shipping!

  • 2 3/4 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • -8 Length to Weight Ratio

  • Individually Handcrafted & Optimized By Size

  • Max Barrel Length For Bigger Sweet Spot & More Confidence

  • Ring-Free Barrel Technology Results In Absolutely No Dead Spots

  • Shock Dissipating Connection (SDX) Technology Offers Solid Feel & Dismisses Vibrations

  • Sting-Free Comfort Knob Improves Comfort & Control

  • Two-Piece, Fully Composite Construction

  • USSSA 1.15 BPF Certification

Description

The Marucci Hex Connect Senior League Baseball Bat allows ball players to connect with confidence. This two-piece, fully composite construction is made up of Marucci's innovative technologies and top of the line materials for supreme performance and all-season durability. Each model is individually optimized by size for maximum performance in every bat. The brand new SDX (Shock Dissipating Connection) Technology conjoins the barrel and the handle to provide a smooth, solid feeling at contact. Additionally, the combination of the SDX and the sting-free knob enhances comfort and control while eliminating any negative vibration in the hands. Furthermore, the tried and true ring-free barrel technology continues to guarantee that your Hex Connect baseball bat will demonstrate greater performance with absolutely NO dead spots. Marucci is sure of this so they are backing the Hex Connect with a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty. Marucci: Honor The Game!

This Marucci Hex Connect Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8) features a -8 length to weight ratio, a 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification. Enhance your game and purchase a Marucci baseball bat today with free shipping right here at JustBats. We're here for you from click to hit!

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This bat is impressive JP17 parent

Pros: My son plays 10 Major. The Marucci Hex Connect -8 has lived up to the hype so far. Once it is fully broken in I expect it to be even better. We have had this bat about 2 weeks and I am impressed on how its has performed. I know the durability is there as we have used Marucci exclusively for the last 3 years......best customer service in the industry.

Cons: None

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outstanding pop Coach coach

Pros: My 12 year old son has been using the bat for the last 2 weeks. He has hit 3 homeruns, 2 doubles and 2 singles.

Cons: none at this point.

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dangerously hot mr coach 24 coach

Pros: ball jumps right of this bat . we have XL1 cat7 917 combat maxum . after this bat breaks in there is no comparison. my 11 year old hit 2 homers first day and many more after .

Cons: scratches up easy . I feel bad for pitchers . someone could get hurt lol . but for real .

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breaks easy eli player

Pros: its got really good pop not much time to break in. also connect part makes it where there is no vibration.

Cons: so the first bat i had it lasted two months before it cracked. used my warranty and got a new one. the one i got from marucci lasted only 1 month before cracking again. very dissapointed

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@prince.2024 Ashton Renfro - @prince.2024 player

Pros: Great composite bat. Has a solid sound and is hot right out of the wrapper. I'm 4'10" and weigh about 85 lbs. Hit a 210' fence using the first tournament. Swung the -8 bat trying to work my way down to a drop -3 before high school. 6th grader now.

Cons: Paint chip marks but overall still looks great after 6 months of use.

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lasted 1 week oly coach

Pros: great pop out of the box. my boy loved the feel

Cons: only lasted 30 pitched and surface cracks . after 2 games and 1 practice the bat is now on its way for a return because the crack grew to 4" and paint is split where its not usable .

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Durability Queationable J. O'Brien parent

Pros: My 12yr old plays Majors used for nearly a month before Barrel broke. Up until then it had excellent pop. He was bouncing the ball off the fence at 300ft easy.

Cons: Hard to get good pop when the Barrel shatters. Only used a handful of times. In the process of getting a replacement. May need to go to a drop -5 for added strength.

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lasted 30 swings oly coach

Pros: has pop for the 1 time it got used

Cons: lasted 30 swings and had to ship it back as it cracked 3inches in the barrel . had to pay to ship it back and still hasnt been replaced .

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okay baseball pro parent

Pros: great pop.

Cons: wont last more than a month. 12yr old 5'11" 145lbs was hitting fence at 300ft but bat shattered after 2 games.

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LIKE IT ALAN parent

Pros: GOT THIS BAT FOR MY SON TO SERVE AS A SPEED BAT FOR THOSE HIGHER VELOCITY PITCHERS HE IS FACING. ITS LIGHTER SO HE CAN GET AROUND FASTER THAN HE COULD WITH HIS -5 BAT. GOOD POP, FEELS GOOD IN THE HANDS, NICE GRIP, WELL BALANCED

Cons: NOTHING YET

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Great drop 8 composite bat! T14 parent

Pros: This is a true drop 8. Swings easy and very little vibration on miss hits. Looks cool and holds up well.

Cons: not as much pop as a the Demarini CF's, but more inline with the Voodoo

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Great Bat Baseball Dad parent

Pros: My Son is 11 and had been swinging a 29 drop 8 2018 CF Zen. We got this bat and he felt it was very similar to the Zen out the wrapper. We have a marucci Cat 5 29/21 and have loved its durability and pop, I placed a 4 on durability as we have only had it for 2 weeks, but not issues at all.

Cons: None yet. Too soon

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Great bat for the money Josh coach

Pros: Plenty of pop, feels good when hitting the ball. Kids love it.

Cons: None

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Great Bat Eddie coach

Pros: My 12 year old loves this bat! He moved from a drop 10 to this drop 8 and i can see the difference. Balls coming of the bat are a lot harder. This bat has good balance and incredible pop. Other kids on the team are now using it with similar results.

Cons: Every ball mark is seen on the white barrel and the lettering is flaking away after a few weeks of play.

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Kids love it baseball fam parent

Pros: doesnt feel like a -8, kid has confidence with it, loves the feel of it, great pop after break in

Cons: no biggie, but grip tape started to peel off good pop out of the wrapper, but not an im provement from his old bat (mako 2 piece 2014) until broken in fully

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Great Bat For Price Jose Flores Coach

Pros: Hot after break in period. Experience the normal 2 pc composite vibration. Overall great bat for set price range.

Cons: N/A

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Great bat Rick Parent

Pros: Great pop,my son is 10years old and he has hit many homeruns with this bat. Very nice bat.

Cons: None

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Not worth the money craig Coach

Pros: none

Cons: Bought the bat to for use in USSA tournament play. Hit approx. 400-500 balls off the tee and soft toss before using it for live pitches. The bat is still dead. Our biggest kids still do not get any distance with this bat. We use several different brands of bats that are far less expensive with way better results. Save your money and buy Combat, Easton, or Rawlings. More durabler bats with more pop. Waste of my money.

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great ashlea Parent

Pros: great pop and feel!

Cons: none yet

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Have a question about the Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8? Ask our team of experts and they will respond within 24 hours.

Is this bat legal for a Babe Ruth Baseball league?
Jeff
This bat would be legal for the 13-15 year old division and older. Cal Ripken requires 2 1/4" barrel bats, so this would not be legal for that league.
Kyle J.
Will this bat be pretty hot out the wrapper like the Combat Vigor and Maxum? Usually drop 8 is 2 5/8". Why is this one 2 3/4"?
Q
The 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 features a 2 3/4" barrel to allow players a heavier option, while maintaining the larger barrel diameter. The bat will benefit from a break in period, usually about 150-200 swings off a tee or soft toss, rotating the bat in between swings before hitting off live pitching.
Logan
How will the -8, 2 3/4" version compare to the -10? Should you expect more pop with the heavier bat if you can generate plenty of bat speed? Just trying to decide between the 2 bats and the 2 5/8" CF Zen.
bigbbats
If bat speed is equal, the heavier bat will always produce more power. We always recommend swinging the heaviest bat that you can handle with good bat speed which will allow for best power results. Both the Marucci Hex Connect and the DeMarini CF Zen will be high performing bats.
Kyle J.
Of the Hex line and the Cat line, which bat generally receives higher marks for balance, power, and durability?
Chad
Since the Cat line of bat has been around for more years than the Hex Connect line of bat, I would typically suggest the Cat bats over the Hex Connects. However, the Hex Connect bats have gotten great reviews so far and if you want the -8 length-to-weight ratio combined with a 2 3/4" barrel diameter, I would recommend this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8) very highly. Both the Cat 7 (-8) and this Hex Connect (-8) are well balanced, have shown decent durability and can create power.
Ben
Is this bat legal for 2018 USSSA standards, 11 year olds?
Burke
Yes, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is legal for play in USSSA for 2018. It will work well for an 11 year old.
Jason
Is this bat available as a 2 5/8" barrel?
Kelly
Unfortunately, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is only available in a 2 3/4 barrel. However, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCY5 will feature a 2 5/8 inch barrel, but it will be 3 ounces heavier.
Dan
When will Marucci release their 2018 models?
5d
Marucci will not be releasing a 2018 version of this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8). The next Hex Connect model that will be released is going to be a part of the 2019 release. That release should come out in the summer/fall of 2018.
Ben
Would this be a good bat for a smaller (4"11', 90 lb) 13 year old who plays travel/select ball? He is not a power hitter but does hit well. He really wants the VOODOO -10, but we are thinking he needs to start using a -8 since he is only 2 seasons away from high school. He really likes the 2 piece bats as well.
Bat Boys
The 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 in a 30 inch model would be best for your player. This bat is a two-piece fully composite design with a balanced swing weight and would be an excellent bat for a smaller 13 year old. Would certainly recommend a -8 model for a 13 year old as this will help him transition to BBCOR bats that are required in high school (-3 length to weight ratio).
Cameron
Can this bat be used in cold weather? Is a break in period necessary before using in a game?
Dag
There is no hard rule about using bats in cold weather, but we here at JustBats generally recommend about 45-50 degrees as the cutoff to where you would probably want to use a practice bat or secondary bat if you could. This bat is a composite model so it will require a break-in period of about 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss before game use.
Kyle J.
My son plays 10U tournament ball, and he's 4'10" tall, 100 lbs. Does he need a -10 or a -8?
craig
Weight is difficult for us to recommend as their are other factors such as strength, hand placement on the bat, swing efficiency, etc that all affect that. We do recommend swinging the heaviest bat you can while still maintaining good bat speed, as that will provide the best power. I would probably lean towards a -10 model since that is the most common for 10 years old.
Kyle J.
I have a U11 that is 5', 120 lbs and is swinging the -10 Hex Connect and crushing it. I want to get another one and wonder if I should get a -8 at the same 30" or go to 31" -8.
ScrapDad
Whether or not to move up in size on the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 for your 11U player would ultimately come down to whether you feel your son's bat speed will be negatively impacted by the added weight. Generally, a player of that age would benefit more from a -10 model but if you feel he can handle an additional 2-3 ounces then there is nothing wrong with going that route.
Cameron
My 12 year old is in 6th grade and weighs 128lbs and stands 5'8''. Would the 32'' 24oz be a good fit for him now and into next year playing 13U?
Dolan
Our sizing chart has your 12 year old right at the 32'' for his size in the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8. It would be a great bat for 13 and under for your son.
Max
Which bat is better Hex Connect 30 - 8 or the CAT 7 30 - 8?
CS
The main difference between this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 and the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBYC78 is that the Connect is a multi-piece fully composite bat while the Cat 7 is a one-piece alloy model. The Connect will be more comfortable on contact, but require a break-in period before reaching a peak performance threshold. Both are held to the same USSSA standards and therefore there really will not be a noticeable performance difference between the two.
Tyler
Is this bat legal for 10 and under Cal Ripken?
alekhine
The Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 will not be legal for Cal Ripken. You will need a USA approved bat for Cal Ripken, the Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 will be USSSA certified.
Max
Is it legal to use in a 12 to 13 year old league?
Chris
It will depend on the league rules that are followed. For example, Little League requires USA. A lot of travel leagues require USSSA. You will want to check with a coach or official to be sure what is required. The Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is approved for USSSA.
Tori
It will depend on the league rules that are followed. For example, Little League requires USA. A lot of travel leagues require USSSA. You will want to check with a coach or official to be sure what is required. The Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is approved for USSSA.
Tori
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About the Brand

At Marucci, we make our products the same way you play baseball: Hard work, determination, and attention to detail. This product is handcrafted. We are committed to never releasing a product before it meets the standard set forth by our wood bat. Our process is proven. The only way to achieve perfection is to accept nothing else. We first have gloves to Big Leaguers in our inner circle to break in and critique - knowing the extreme situations they would be put in. Players like Chase Utley allowed us to comprehend what a player needs and looks for in an ideal fielding glove. The Marucci player advisory board was integral in testing, tweaking, and ulitmatley perfecting the glove line to have the feel and features that matter to players. Understanding this professional standard of perfection has allowed us to handcraft a performance product that will last consistently maximize your game. Handcrafted, one by one, with the highest quality materials, for superior quality and feel, these gloves will require a gradual break-in period which provides a longer lasting form and shape. Professionally Inspired. Precision Crafted. Marucci: Honor the Game.

Bat Properties

Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8
Approved For USSSA
Barrel Diameter 2 3/4"
Baseball Bats Youth Big Barrel
Bat Construction Two-Piece
Bat Type Baseball
Color White
Deals Closeout Bats Personalization Eligible Bundle and Save
Length to Weight Ratio - 8
Material Composite
Price $100 - $199.99
Swing Weight Balanced
Vendor Marucci

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: White / 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

  • USSSA 1.15 BPF Certified 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 Senior League Baseball Bat (UT8V5) features a drop 5 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter and the USSSA 1.15 BPF thumbprint located on the taper. Not to mention, a high-performance, straight wall barrel optimizes exit speed for a noticeable increase in ball flight. Get one of these VELO baseball bats today with free shipping and a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty right here at JustBats.com. Never forget, we'll be here for you from click to hit!

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Great Value Paul Parent

Pros: Great pop and has a good size sweet spot. Balanced well.

Cons: None seen yet

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So far, so good Korey Nicholson Parent

Pros: Rawlings is the best value in youth baseball!

Cons: not yet

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Great balance Lane Parent

Pros: I bought this bat for my smallish 13 yr old still getting used to his first season with -5 bats. After looking all over and not being able to find a 29" -5(not wood) - this was what I settled with. 30" 25 -5. This one is by far the most balanced we've found - and has great pop. It feels like a smaller -10 bat, but has the same power as the heavier(feeling) -5 bats he's used. Very happy with it.

Cons: None so far

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A steal fot $69 on sale Jayden amir Player

Pros: Great bat,pop snd feel light swing

Cons: None so far

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Have a question about the Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5? Ask our team of experts and they will respond within 24 hours.

Good for Babe Ruth league also?
roger
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5 does not feature USABat or BBCOR certification, so it is not legal for play in Babe Ruth.
Logan
Is this bat certified for little league 60/90?
David
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (UT8V5) is legal for junior league, but not senior league. Senior league has to use BBCOR
Mick
What is the difference between the USA -5 VELO, and this one?
ZBOMB
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5 features the USSSA stamp and is up to USSSA standards of 1.15 BPF. The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat: US8V5 is up to USA certification. The model you get would depend on what league you are playing in. If your league does not have any rules you would want the USSSA version, as it will have higher performance.
Carter
The grip is too fat for my son. Will it cause any difference in performance if I re-grip to a thinner layer?
T-Bone
No, the performance of the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5 will not change if you re-grip it.
Tori
My son is 57' and 80lbs and is going to be playing 14u in the spring. Is this the lightest swing weight with good pop or is the Cat 8 better?
JP
The 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5 and Cat 8 are very similar bats in that they both will be one-piece alloy bats with a balanced swing weight. Given your players specifications, I do not believe you can go wrong with either of these models.
Tyler
The comparison shows the material as "aluminum, half and half" -what does that exactly mean? Our league requires one piece aluminum bats.
Mike
Rawlings states the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5 is a hybrid bat due to the incorporation of composite material to construct the end cap, which is the only portion of the bat that is composite. For all intents and purposes, the 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5 is a one piece aluminum bat.
Logan
Is it illegal to have a metal bat in California?
Kevin Ybarra
We have not heard anything about an alloy/composite bat ban in California.
Kyle
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About the Brand

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 Senior League Baseball Bat: UT8V5
Approved For USSSA
Barrel Diameter 2 5/8"
Baseball Bats Youth Big Barrel
Bat Construction One-Piece
Bat Type Baseball
Color Blue White
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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