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Softball Bats
Softball Bats

Get more bang for your buck with a sale softball bat from Eatbay. We have an all-star lineup of sale softball bats for you to choose from. Get cheap softball bats from the top brands in the game such as Worth, Louisville, Combat, Nike, Rawlings, Nakona, Mattingly and Easton. Whether you play fastpitch or slow pitch, we have got a sale softball bat for you. These cheap softball bats do not skimp on the latest technology or innovation. Get high quality softball bats that will not put a large dent in your pocket. Never rebuild your game, reload it with sale softball bats from Eastbay.


Fastpitch Softball Bats

Not all softball bats are created equal. Some are wood, some are composite, some are aluminum. Some are heavy, some are long. Your job is to pick the best bat for your game, but many factors play into that choice.

Is it legal? NFHS and NCAA rules dictate fastpitch softball bats must conform to the American Softball Association (ASA) standard. The ASA has a limit of 98 BBS, which means the "batted-ball speed" can not exceed 98 miles per hour. The reason for the limits is to create a fun and interesting game while keeping the game safe.

All bats sold by Eastbay will indicate which associations approve the bat to help you choose the best bat for you.

Once you're sure which bats you can legally use, choosing the best length and weight is up to you. Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat because they can swing more weight faster. Smaller players should consider lighter bats that are easier to control. The more weight you can swing, the more power you put into the ball; but make sure it's a bat you can handle because you still have to be able to catch up to those faster pitchers. In general, the length of the bat should be based on your height. Shorter players are better suited to shorter bats, while taller players find longer bats easier to handle.

Another consideration is the technologies engineered by the different bat manufacturers. Different vendors have created a variety of special features that claim different grips, better feel and more distance. Most have added modifications that reduce the sting on a poorly hit ball. Many vendors have adjusted the aluminum composition to achieve better performance or a bigger sweet spot. Stiffer handles will usually appeal to players that are strong enough and can generate their own bat speed while more flexible handles appeal more to the average swing. Some softball bats are heavier at the end (end-loaded) while some are more balanced. Some endcaps are curved, some are concave and some have geometric imprints that claim better aerodynamics. Aluminum-barreled softball bats should come out of the wrapper at max efficiency while some composite barreled bats may take some time to break in through batting practice.

The choice is yours. Don't buy based solely on brand, but choose the bat that will reinforce your own playing strengths and help improve your weak points. Get the help of your coach when deciding which bat is right for you. They often see more styles and better understand the size and strength of players who use them. But be assured, you can always get the highest quality and highest performance models at Eastbay.


Slowpitch Softball Bats

Ah, the game of slowpitch softball. Originating in the late 1800s in Chicago, this game was first promoted as indoor baseball. The balls were softer and bigger (originally boxing gloves tied together), and the playing field was much smaller.

Today's game is a little more sophisticated. Softball bats aren't broom handles, and balls aren't bulky balls of padding. The game is engineered down to the atomic level, with modern softball bats often made of innovative carbon fiber composites or metals like aluminum or titanium. How do you stay true to the origins of the game while still remaining competitive?

Many associations have answered that question by creating performance limits on equipment, specifically softball bats. In order to keep metal bats from overtaking the sport, many associations require bats to perform only as well as high-end wood bats.

USSSA and NSA, among others, use a standard called "BPF 1.20." An acronym for Bat Performance Factor, the BPF was invented by Dr. Richard Brandt and measures the ratio of the speed of a pitched ball versus the speed of a batted ball. Basically, a ball's speed after being hit cannot exceed 1.20 times its pitched speed. ASA uses a similar but stricter standard (98 BBS), and dictates that bats must not produce a hit faster than 98 mph.

Two other standards for softball bats include some basic measurements: the length of the bat must not exceed 34" and the diameter of the barrel at the largest point must not exceed 2.25".

All of this information might be overwhelming, but not to worry -- all bats sold by Eastbay will indicate what associations approve the individual bat to help you choose the best bat for you.

Choosing the best length and weight is up to you once you've narrowed down your choices to approved softball bats. Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat because they can swing more weight faster. Smaller players should consider lighter bats that are easier to control and still produce a quick swing. In general, the length of the bat should be chosen based on your own height. Shorter players are better suited to shorter bats, while taller players find longer bats easier to handle.

The last consideration is the technologies engineered by the different bat manufacturers. Different vendors have created a variety of special features that make the bats easier to grip, to swing and to connect. They've added modifications that reduce the sting you feel in your hands when the bat vibrates after a hit. Some vendors have adjusted the alloy composition of the bat to achieve better performance or a bigger sweet spot. Some handles flex, some don't. Some softball bats are heavier at the end (end-loaded) while others are balanced. Some endcaps are curved, some are concave, some have geometric imprints that claim better aerodynamics.

The choice is yours. Don't buy based solely on brand, buy the softball bat that will reinforce your own playing strengths and help you improve your weak points.