Trends in Maple Bats
Using wooden bats in youth, high school, and college is trending in an upward direction. More communities than ever before are offering wooden bat tournaments, even at the Little League level of play. Higher level coaches appreciate the fact that more students are swinging wooden bats and learning that there is a reason this classic piece of baseball gear has been around for over 100 years. Young ball players are learning that there is more to swinging a wooden bat than a metal bat.
Maple Baseball Bats Tops the Choice
The most popular wooden baseball bat tournaments are loaded with top notch young players who are looking to the pros to find the perfect wooden baseball bat. These young players are experimenting with wooden bats made of maple, ash, birch, and hickory. All of the different woods have pros and cons, but the most commonly used wood in the MLB is maple. Elite young players who want to get the full effect of the wooden bat, from the quickness of the swing and the sound the ball makes coming off of it, find that maple bats really do get the job done.
There are plenty of classic bat manufacturers who have been outfitting the professional players for decades, but there are also several new manufacturers who are quickly making in roads with young players. In order for a bat to make it into the Big League, Major League Baseball has to approve the products and register them. This insures that bats meet the requirements set forth in the rules of the League. At this time, fewer than 40 companies have products approved by the MLB. Outside of those companies, over 100 companies make bats that youth players can use when they approach the plate.
The companies that are approved by the League include the classics like Louisville Slugger, Marucci, and X-Bats. Despite the popularity of those manufacturers, there are plenty of new ones, like M^Powered. Many of the wooden bat manufacturers who create bats for youth players rather than the pros stick to their regional area for distribution. Some companies only supply local school districts or local baseball regions. Most of these small regional bat manufacturers are so busy that they cannot keep up with the orders they are receiving on a regular basis. For many of them, maple bats are the favorites with young players and amateurs in their areas.
There are a handful of companies that manufacture wooden bats that are available all over the country. These companies, like us at M^Powered, offer wooden bats from online sales and brick-and-mortar stores. In fact, bats like our wooden, maple baseball bats can be found in store like Dick’s Sporting Goods. Our bats are being found on more and more diamonds in communities all over the country. The popular of our wooden bats is being spread through word of mouth channels as our customers enjoy the pop and distance they get from the variety of wooden bats we offer.
Interestingly, major manufacturers are trying to help youth players’ transition from composite bats to wooden bats. Some companies have designed a composite-wood bat that is designed with a fiberglass sleeve to get children used to swinging the heavier wooden bats without having to commit to the full weight. Since wooden bats are usually not returnable, it is helpful for young players to be able to have successful swings.
Now that baseball season has come to a close, unless players live in warm weather or they can play indoors, it is time to start looking at wooden, maple bats. If your organization has batting cages and demo bats, give the maple bat a try. Then give us a call so we can customize a wooden bat to meet your needs.
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