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DeMarini Distance Youth Baseball Bat: DXDSL
DeMarini Distance Youth Baseball Bat: DXDSL 2012 DeMarini Distance: DXDSL Youth
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Features

  • 2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • -12 Length to Weight Ratio

  • Free Shipping!

  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

  • DX1 Alloy

  • Rotation Index for Even Break-In

  • One-Piece Aluminum Design

  • Approved for Play in Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, Pony, AABC, and USSSA

  • BPF 1.15

  • Hybrid Performance Grip

  • Shock Diffusion Handle (SDH)

Description

One player and one team at a time, DeMarini has taken over the baseball world. Step on to a diamond anywhere in the country and you're bound to see players of any age swinging DeMarini baseball bats. Ever since its arrival on the scene two years ago, the DeMarini Distance has been one of the bigger surprises in the baseball world. Garnering great reviews and praise, the Distance is ready for an encore performance. The Distance is made from DX1 Alloy which delivers the perfect balance of high KSI strength and fracture toughness for long lasting performance. The Distance also features DeMarini's Shock Diffusion Handle (SDH) which uses an exclusive rubberized coating designed to decrease the shock felt at impact! The handle is wrapped with a Hybrid Performance Grip with provides the optimal amount of comfort and tack that top hitters demand. As with all DeMarini bats, the Distance is marked with a Rotation Index to remind players to rotate their bat every time up. This creates an even break-in and greatly extends the life of the bat. DeMarini: Insane Dedication to Performance! The Distance is approved for play in Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, Pony, AABC, and USSSA. It is backed by a Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty. Free Shipping!

Reviews (28)

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Hatfield

Pros: Tried it once it seems better the easton reflex. It makes nice sound and grip is good. My son likes it

Cons: None so far.

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MikeN

Pros: Good bat for the price. Son is moving up from a 28" Reflex (nice and light) to at 29" Distance. Size and weight differences aside, I think the Demarini provides better pop. He does not complain about sting with the shock system. Eventually plan to get a more expensive composite bat and use the Distance for batting cage use.

Cons: Grip can leave a sticky feel without gloves on.

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Bob

Pros: It's a good bat

Cons: But it dents very easily the first time I used it. It was a terrible bat

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Anonymous

Pros:

Cons: Made dent

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Tarzan

Pros: Has good pop..large sweet spot

Cons: Dents too easily,didn't last a month....may be better for contact hitters.. believe the reviews about dents. my son's is dented even though he rotated each time at plate and cage.

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Anonymous

Pros:

Cons: Dents much too easily. My 10yr old, 80lb son dented 2 of of these bats off pitches in the batting cage rendering them illegal.

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Muckdogs

Pros: Purchased for machine pitch. Good bat no sting in hands and good ball reaction. Nice deal great price.......

Cons: none

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PaulD

Pros: My 10yr old son loves this bat. No sting and good pop. Nice bat for the price

Cons: None

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koki

Pros: not a good bat for older kids but maybe for minors and double aa

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Bulldog

Pros: Great bat with good pop! My little leaguer loves it.

Cons: None that we have seen so far.

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TheArtfulDodger

Pros:

Cons: Large dent on the first at-bat of the first game it was used in, large enough that the bat could not be used again. I'm returning that bat to DeMarini and here looking for a bat that will last more than 1 game.

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Anonymous

Pros: great for contact hitters and DeMARINI is always trustworthy

Cons: not as good as the Easton rampage for home run hitting

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ALEX

Pros: AWESOME

Cons: NON

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Dodgerfan

Pros:

Cons: Horrible bat, dents too easily. First bat dented, I returned it and the second bat the same thing, would expect better from Demarini

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rab

Pros:

Cons: bat dents easy, my 8 year old weighs 48 pounds and has dented his in 4 places

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we are young

Pros: price

Cons: heavy swing weight, not much pop

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JSTEIG14

Pros: GREAT BAT NO SHOCK LOOKS NICE NOT TO MUCH MONEY

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spike

Pros: good grip light weight

Cons: want to steel it

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Jacob

Pros: I am a 9 year old contact hitter that needed a new bat.I got the Distance and now I am a contact/power hitter.the bat is great.

Cons: none so far

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Awesome

Pros: good bat

Cons: none

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Anonymous

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Cons: My son used this thee day he got it at baseball practice that night. He used it once more at his teams practice and then with me when we had batting practice together. With his team practice a large dent developed and while with me a second one developed. The balls we were using were almost new and he is a small 11 year old. Thankfully, Justbats is crediting us upon the return, but the bat was a big dissapointment.

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RyanD

Pros: Nice pop.

Cons: Durability a big concern. My 8yr old son dented his 30" model within a week. Company honored warranty but dented the 2nd one just as fast.

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Distance

Pros: Good bat for the price.

Cons: Doesn't have a lot of pop

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Billy

Pros: NONE.

Cons: 10 year old son dented bat second hit...

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Rob

Pros: Excellent bat for the price, My 7 year old son hit his first home run with this bat. Lots of pop and just plain solid sound. Great weight and balance, you can feel it the first time you pick it up. Classic bat prefer it over the composites. Very durable, great beginner bat.

Cons: None at this price, bat will last for years.

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Rob

Pros: Had this bat since last season still no dents, but never taking it to Batting Cage.

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great powerhitter player

Pros: good bat -good weight and pop and nice barrel size,great for price

Cons: dents a little easy

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Great Bat Jimmy O. player

Pros: This bat has an unbelievable amount of pop and it has no sting.

Cons: It's durability is pretty good just not the best.

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Questions and Answers (7)

Have a question about the DeMarini Distance Youth Baseball Bat: DXDSL? Ask our team of experts and they will respond within 24 hours.

Is this BB Cor??
JJ
This bat has the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp, it it not BBCOR. No 2 1/4" barrel will ever be a BBCOR as they are youth bats. BBCOR is only adult size bats.
Linda
what's the difference between last year and this year's model?
sopapia
There really isn't going to be much of a difference between the 2011 and 2012 Distance. DeMarini did work to improve the durability of the bat while maintaing the same performance.
TJ
How come this says USSSA approved but I don't see the stamp? Do I need a certificate to prove to umps this is approved or will they know without the stamp?
paulsmn
Small barrel bats don't have to have the USSSA thumbprint stamp until 2014. Only the USSSA BPF 1.15 mark on the barrel of the bat is required for play in 2012. The 2012 DeMarini Distance is legal in 2012.
Kara
Is this a balanced or end loaded bat? Thanks!
DC
The weight in the 2012 DeMarini Distance is pretty evenly distributed. This will give the bat a pretty balanced feel.
Jennifer
Is this bat legal to play in rookie league 7,8, and 9year olds for 2013? Also, my son is 8 yrs, 65 pounds and 51.5 inches tall, last year he used a 28 inch Easton that was 18 ounces but by the end of the year , he was coming around way to fast on the ball. He is a really good strong hitter. If I get the 29 inch bat, it will be one ounce less then the one he used last year, but would be an inch longer. What bat size do you recommend for him?
Jen
If your son is getting around too fast with the 18 oz. we would not recommend using a lighter bat like the 2012 DeMarini Distance: DXDSL Youth. We recommend a 29" 19 oz. bat for his height and weight. For exact rules in your league we recommend contacting your local league official.
Kara
My son is using a 30/20 bat. He is 5'2". According to charts he should have at least a 31" bat. Is there much difference as far as hitting the ball farther with a 20 oz. bat compared to 21 oz. bat? I'd like to stay at same weight for bat speed, but not if it decreases the hitting power a lot.
sonny
As a player gets older and stronger, it's best to increase the weight of their bat. This is because as kids get stronger and play more ball, they will develop better bat speed and hitting mechanics. If you keep the same bat weight from year to year, the player will not be able to generate as much inertia as the previous year (even though bat speed may be the same). And more inertia will translate in to more power. Another reason you want to increase bat weight with each new bat is because when the player reaches 8th or 9th grade, he will have to start using a much heavier -3 bat. Many players who use the same bat size year after year leading up to 8th or 9th grade, struggle mightily when trying to adapt to a heavier bat.
Tyler
What is the difference in a 31/20 and a 31/21 besides the obvious ounce? If a bat is the same length, where does the extra ounce come in? Thicker aluminum, the barrel getting fatter a hair farther up the bat?
Sonny
Bat weight is typically altered by the addition of epoxy resins within the bat. This is done just before the knob is sealed off and manufacturers can apply these resins anywhere within the walls of the bat.
Tyler
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About the Brand

In 1992, DeMarini Sports had something to celebrate. The three-year-old company had climbed a rung on the proverbial ladder of success, moving its world headquarters from a dirt-floored barn to a slightly larger metal shack. "It was a big move for us," recalled Ray DeMarini from the batting cage of DeMarini Sport’s present-day Bat Industrial Complex. "The new shop was larger, more storm resistant, and -best of all- it had a heater."

In the early days, DeMarini Sports hardly made a blip on the radar screen of softball. With no retailers and virtually no advertising budget, DeMarini grew steadily by selling high-performance bats directly to customers. While established companies made "juiced" bats for the pros and ordinary bats for the public, DeMarini focused on making one line of high-performance bats for pros and amateurs alike. This approach, combined with a passion for the sport, led to the greatest innovation in softball history - the world’s first multi-wall bat: the DeMarini Doublewall.

Released in 1993, the DeMarini Doublewall was the world’s first multi-wall bat. Like a modern golf driver or oversized tennis racket, the Doublewall had a giant "sweetspot," which allowed average players to hit like pros. DeMarini’s sales exploded, and before long opposing bat manufacturers to notice. DeMarini - a homegrown company led by a softball fanatic - had shaken the establishment silly.

To understand the rise of the DeMarini Dynasty, you need to know Ray DeMarini. A cult hero among avid players, Ray DeMarini emerged on the professional softball scene at the age of 40, a veritable geriatric among younger players. With a scientific approach to training, a batting speed of 96 miles-per-hour and a bombastic attitude, DeMarini fast earned a reputation as a savage competitor.

In June of 1987, ESPN launched a nationwide search for a hardcore player to advise on a series of instructional softball videos. When approached by producer Erich Lytle, the biggest boys in softball repeatedly spoke of a five-foot-seven softball giant—Ray DeMarini. DeMarini had mastered reflex hitting, a technique that drops the ball squarely between the infield and outfield. Impressed with DeMarini's knowledge and scientific approach to training, Lytle not only hired Ray as an advisor—he hired him as the host. Together, they produced Ray DeMarini's Reflex Hitting System, ESPN's most successful home video to date.

Having garnered national recognition through ESPN, Ray turned his efforts toward designing a high-performance bat for the masses. To accomplish this, he needed an engineer. "Not just an engineer," he said, "but a boot-strapping rocket scientist who could build an empire with pocket change." Ray's call was answered by Mike Eggiman. Having grown up on a farm, Eggiman was adept at making the most of a situation. Case in point: the company's first piece of automated bat-making equipment had the heart of an abandoned washing machine.

With Eggiman as Chief Engineer, DeMarini Sports delivered a series of industry firsts: the first multi-wall bat (Doublewall Distance), the first high-performance bat for massive players (Fatboy) and the first high-performance youth bat (Black Coyote).

In 2000, DeMarini joined forces with Wilson Sporting Goods to develop the next generation of hitting technology. Ray believed it was a perfect fit, as both companies shared a vision of developing game-enhancing equipment for avid players. What’s more, the companies had complimentary products: Wilson was the leader in gloves, balls and protective gear, while DeMarini made the world’s finest bats. According to Chris Considine, Vice President/General Manager of Wilson Sporting Goods: "The thing that struck me most about DeMarini was their passion for sports and their true competitiveness.

Within a year, DeMarini unveiled the industry’s first concept bat, the $35,000 F1. Secured under lock and key at the DeMarini Bat Industrial Complex in Hillsboro, Oregon, the F1 served as a technological storehouse for future products, including DeMarini’s landmark Half & Half system.

In December 2001, 12 years after the genesis of DeMarini Sports, Ray DeMarini died of cancer in his Northwest Portland home. He was 55. The next summer, the Portland Metro Softball Association paid homage to the “King of Softball” with the dedication of Ray DeMarini Field. Formerly known as Delta #1, the field was DeMarini’s favorite place to test bats during the early days of business. Ray DeMarini—bat maker and player extraordinaire—was remembered for his high-performance softball bats and unwavering encouragement of everyday players. Today, a 40-foot sign announcing RAY DEMARINI FIELD graces the outfield, and an interpretive display chronicling Ray’s life greets players as they register for games.

More "Insane Dedication to Performance" is in store for tomorrow.

Demarini Customer Service

Bat Properties

DeMarini Distance Youth Baseball Bat: DXDSL
Barrel Diameter 2 1/4"
Baseball Bats Youth
Bat Type Baseball
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Length to Weight Ratio -12
Material Aluminum
Vendor DeMarini
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