Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Softball Team Bag: Points to Consider When Purchasing One

ByJay Merritt

A softball team bag definitely reflects a positive and professional image for any squad, youth to senior players!

A softball team bag serves the main purpose of carrying player equipment including shin guards, helmets, gloves and other personal items. Equipment bags come in various shapes and sizes, for various age groups and levels of play from youth to adult.

It is extremely important that you choose a softball team bag that is of good quality and which will last many seasons. The material should be very durable and have reinforced stitching to avoid tearing. The best materials tend to be stain and tear resistant, for easy maintenance.

A nylon bag is highly water resistant and is recommended if the bag will be brought to the playing field.

So, when you go to buy your equipment bag, consider these factors: cost, style, carrying comfort, and durability. It should complement the players by proudly displaying the team logo and player number. It should be comfortable to carry either by hand straps or over the shoulder. The bag should be large enough too comfortable carry all the players equipment including player shoes.

A common problem with softball team equipment bags are zippers that fail. Be sure that the zippers installed on your bags are 2 way metal to reduce zipper problems.

Order your softball team bag custom made in your team colors - with your logo on both sides of the bag and player numbers on both ends of the bag and watch team moral increase!

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Softball Drills - The Basics of Sliding

ByBecky Wittenburg

Sliding is a crucial move that players are very hesitant to learn. Often, this hesitation is based on a fear of getting hurt. Because players will never get over this fear until they actually start practicing sliding, coaches should do everything they can to make learning to slide as easy as possible. The following softball drills teach the basics of sliding in a way that will soon make players comfortable performing this base running move as often as necessary.

Sliding Stance

The first thing players should learn in their sliding lesson is the basic sliding stance. Players should start by sitting on the ground with both legs extended straight in front of them. Then, they should practice folding one knee under to see which position is more natural and comfortable for them.

When they assume the stance, they should have one leg extended with the foot pointed toward the base, the other leg bent at the knee with the foot pointed behind them, and both hands raised in the air. Players will be tempted to put their hands down to break their fall as they go into the slide, but lowering their hands will only increase their risk of injury. They should slide down onto their thighs and buttocks.

Learning to Slide

Coaches can make the first attempts at sliding easier by practicing on a wet field after it has rained or with the help of a hose or sprinkler. Before holding a sliding practice, instruct players to wear grungy clothes. Players will be better prepared to slide properly on a wet surface than a hard one. Starting out the practice by sliding on the wet grass can be very helpful.

If a coach is feeling adventurous, he or she could bring a slip & slide to practice. Wet down a long piece of plastic by placing a water hose on top. On a hot day, players will be more than willing to practice their slide on a slippery plastic surface.

Scrambled Eggs Drill

If players have learned the basic sliding position but are still having trouble keeping their hands in the air, the scrambled eggs drill is the best way to correct their stance. To run this drill, coaches will have to bring a couple dozen raw eggs to practice. Have the players practice sliding into bases while holding one raw egg in each hand. In order to keep the eggs from breaking, the players will have to hold them high in the air. To make the drill more challenging, have players get real low during the slide, or have them slide into one base and then immediately hop up to run to the next one.

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Becky Wittenburg is a kids softball coach, and the owner and publisher of, the web's #1 resource for fastpitch softball drills, tips, and practice ideas for youth and high school coaches.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

How to Build a Bat Rolling Machine

ByDave Manly

One of the most searched areas in bat rolling is .

There are several factors that go into building a bat roller. I will break this article out so you can make a n enlightened decision to whether you want to take on such an endeavor.

Here are some questions that need to be answered before you start a project.

How the machine worksParts and MaterialsCostTime

How the Machine Works:

Before any of these can be answered you will first need to decide on what type of a machine you are looking at.

PerpendicularThe bat is inserted 90 degrees to the rollers and can only roll 1 way.
The bat is inserted from the sides along the plane of the rollers and the entire sweet spot can be rolled at once.

Most parallel machines can roll both ways, but a perpendicular machine can only roll 1. Also a perpendicular machine will leave flat spots in the bat and not roll the entire sweet spot.

We highly recommend a parallel machine.

The machines work by compressing the carbon fibers and laminates between rollers and then rolling the bat between the rollers. Primarily the sweet spot of the bats are the section you are targeting during the roll.

Material List

The ShellTypically made of steel or aluminumHolds the guts of the machineWelded or screwed together
Upper Carriage
Holds the upper rollersMoves up and downTolerances are tight
Rollers BearingsThrust BearingsBushings
Made of plastic, steel, wood, otherTolerances are very tightThe center hole through the roller must be fairly exactRollers are machined on a metal lathe


The cost of building a machine can greatly very... but you can figure the minimum will be $200 plus, depending on your bearings and roller materials. It will be more for the state of the art plastics that are being used in the better bat rolling machines.


Building a machine will take some time as you will have to draw out the design and then cut and machine the parts and gather the bearings etc.

Bottom line is this is a project that can be taken on if you are a do it yourself person who has proper equipment and time and some designing knowledge. A machining background or a friend who has one would help here.

Another viable option is to purchase a Bat Rolling Machine directly from a reputable manufacturer. Here are a few things to look for when choosing that manufacturer.

ReputationWhat type of machines are the offeringDo they have multiple models to fit you individual needsWe recommend parallel machines as they give you the best of both worlds and are not limited to partial break in as the perpendicular machines are.
What plastics are they using in their bat rolling machines

You need to stay away from a plastic called Acetal with a trade name of Delrin. It is really hard and has zero forgiveness.

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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Softball Practice Drills - Improve Vision With These Training Drills

ByBecky Wittenburg

In softball, vision refers to more than just eye sight. Vision involves the ability to accurately perceive factors such as motion, location, and rotation on the field or at the plate. Even players who have perfect 20/20 eye sight can improve their softball vision by using these exercises as part of their softball practice drills.

Softball and Vision

Softball players rely on accurate vision for every aspect of the game. Athletes are constantly making decisions, and their vision will affect their ability to succeed on the field. Consider the role good vision has on the following choices:

When batting, the hitter must decide how or whether to swing based on the location, speed, and rotation of the pitch.When base running, the player must choose whether to run or stay and when she can successfully steal.When fielding grounders or fly balls, the outfielder must determine where to meet the ball and decide where to throw the ball once she has it.

Good vision can make an average player a great player, and bad vision can keep a great player from truly excelling. The following drills will help players at any level improve their softball vision.

Color/Number Drill

Use a permanent marker to write the numbers zero through nine on hitting practice balls. Use a black marker for some balls and a red marker for other balls (or add even more colors - just remember to change up the colors and numbers so players can't remember). As they practice hitting, have them identify the balls before they take a swing. Progress through these drills, which start easy and then get more difficult:

Identify just the color.Identify just the number.Say both the color and the number.For an additional challenge, increase the speed of the pitches.

Colored Ball Drill

Use different colors to mark balls used for hitting practice. Players will swing based on the action designated for each color. For example:

Black mark - hit awayRed mark - do not swingBlue mark - bunt

Additional Exercises

Players can also work on improving their vision at home. Simple exercises like training their eyes to switch from focusing on a computer screen or a book to focusing on a specific object in the distance (like a photo across the room or a tree across the street) will help increase focus time and vision accuracy. Also, when players are driving, they should practice moving their eyes from focusing on the dashboard to looking at license plates of other cars on the road. If a player has access to a record player, she can improve her dynamic visual acuity by placing small letters from a magazine on the record and practice identifying them as it revolves.

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Becky Wittenburg is a kids softball coach, and the owner and publisher of, the web's #1 resource for fastpitch softball drills, tips, and practice ideas for youth and high school coaches.

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Cost Effective Sports Wear for Your Team

ByCatherine M

When it comes to sports, all teams wear their specifically designed outfits as this makes them easily identifiable. You can also choose from a plethora of new designs and colors that complements the style of your team.

Every sport has its own different style, whether it is soccer, baseball, softball or basketball, players are dressed to make a style statement. Sportswear may differ on the basis of the design, color, fitting or simply the style and appearance of the material. Sports uniforms should be comfortable and supportive so that you can perform at the highest level possible. The selection of these uniforms, gloves, cleats and others should be done with suitable care as they should be top notch in performance, quality and durability. Uniforms must come with excellent quality, should be high in durability and low in pricing. You can even have your uniforms personalized in a variety of sublimated designs.

The Jersey is the essence of a team as it distinguishes them from another team. It is a shirt worn by each member of a team, depicting the name of the player along with a number as well as the logo of the team. Jerseys are usually made of micro fiber material to help absorb sweat from the body and allow it to evaporate. These fabrics are mainly cotton, nylon or polyester which are light in weight and allow proper movement to make them comfortable and stylish. These are available in various designs, patterns and colors, usually with a single dominant color. A Soccer jersey has an accent stripe on the sleeves and sides. These short sleeved jerseys have the neck either rounded or v shaped. Some of the soccer uniforms have a flashy look because of certain knitting on the fabric. Jerseys should be light in weight, stable, durable, breathable and be able to hold their color without fading. Softball jerseys sometimes exhibit a buttoned up round neck. The shoulders of many jerseys are reinforced with cotton tape to add stability and prevent stretching.

Sports shorts should have loose weaves offering the player good support without curbing the motion. Shorts should be manufactured with great caution and be a perfect fit, allowing sufficient airflow. These shorts are either woven or knit and usually made of polyester, determining the durability and flexibility of the uniform. The basic inseam of youth sizes is 3 to 4 inches which allows players to run around actively and freely. The high quality fabric used in shorts provides a more comfortable and richer look. The binding around the leg holes is set on with a machine to help stretch without cracking the stitches.

Sport shoes, generally known as cleats, are an integral part of a soccer uniform. While choosing cleats, just ensure that they are well fitted and comfortable, allowing perfect movement of the feet and assisting in rapid changes of direction. Poor fitting of the cleats may lead to sprained ankles and falls. They should fit comfortably even with the shin guards in place and be able to provide additional traction to the players on a soft surface. Cleats generally must have large studs on the bottom to assist in gripping the surface and preventing sliding. You can choose shoes from various styles like madrid, roma, classic, cope turf and many more that give you comfort and enhance your performance. Cleats should be teamed up with a good pair of socks. As insignificant as it may sound, but socks manufactured with quality fabric are useful in keeping the player's feet dry and warm. Socks can make cleats more comfortable and protect the feet from the damages which might be caused by running constantly.

If you are looking for sports wear which will help you create a distinguished look for your team, you can search the Internet and find a few companies providing a variety of cost effective softball uniforms to keep up with the changing pace.

This article has been written by an expert associated with Shop 4 teams, a company providing a wide range of high quality soccer uniforms at competent prices.

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Friday, 8 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machines - Are They Legal?

ByDave Manly

Is Bat Rolling Legal?

This is a question I hear a lot and the debate goes on.

The short answer is yes and no.

There really are a couple areas to cover when answering this question.
The integrity of enhancing a natural break-in of a bat by compressing and rolling it in a machine.The legality of rolling a bat

The Integrity:

This is a debate that has been going on for years and there is not a clear cut answer to it. With that being said, because it does not allow any bat to be broken in past a natural break in period, it is this author's opinion that integrity and honor are not a real issue here.

I would take this one step further and say that since many of these bats cost well in excess of $300, the owner owes it to him or herself to get the maximum potential out of the bat from the first swing. Since the new bats are toned down to around 92 - 93 mph out of the wrapper and only hit in the 98 mph range once fully broken in, it is of even more importance to break these bats in quickly.

The glues and laminates that are being used in the new bats are stiffer and harder, so it is now taking even longer in the natural break in process.

The Legality of Rolling:

Rolling any bat is 100% legal. The issue comes into play about where these bats are used.

Some leagues have no rules against using a rolled bat, while others specifically say they can not be used. This is an area that each individual user needs to search out for his or herself. I am not suggesting or implying that it is legal to use a rolled bat in leagues. I am also not suggesting or implying that you should go against any league rules.

I can say however that at the present time, a bat that has been correctly rolled will not be detectable. Rolling does not change the appearance or feel to these bats.

Are Bat Rolling Machines Legal?

Yes, these machines are legal and you have a right to roll any bat with them. Again the usage of the bat becomes the responsibility of the owner of the bat.

Again though, as mentioned above, these bat companies are offering bats on the market that come out of the package in the low 90's mph with the understanding that they will top out at 98 mph once fully broken in.

In Conclusion:
Rolling Bats is legalBat Rolling Machines are legalThe usage and responsibility of a fully broken in bat that does not exceed the 98 mph mark intended for the bat, is up to the owner.

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machines - What You Should Know About the Plastics Being Used

ByDave Manly

I have referred to the plastics being used in a couple of articles I have written. This subject is so important that I have decided to write an article that addresses this area exclusively.

There are several plastics on the market today. The one most machines are using is a plastic called UHMW. This is a plastic that has been used for years and does a fairly good job during the bat rolling process. Most manufacturers like the cost of this product and simply are not willing to put out the expense to go beyond the qualities of this product.

This is a good choice but is a slick and slippage can be a problem. Adding texture to the rollers helps eliminate the slippage problem with this material. I only know of one company that machines and textures this plastic.

At least one bat rolling manufacturer is using this plastic and referring to it as nylon. Since it looks like nylon, your average consumer will never know the difference.

Another plastic that is being used in bat rolling machines is Acetal. This particular plastic is very, very hard. It does roll bats well as far as compression, but this plastic has some major drawbacks. It is also referred to as Delrin, which is actually the trade mark name. Acetal and Delrin are two different names for the same plastic.

Delrin - Acetal has some phenomenal qualities which work great in industry, but not so good in bat rollers, or bat rolling machines. The plastic rollers will last forever... but you are in danger of bat damage. Unless you are a professional roller who has rolled hundreds of bats... I would stay away from any machines that are using this product. This product is just too hard to make a good choice. There is no forgiveness. Also it too is very slick and unless textured, you can expect slippage problems with the harder and stiffer bats.

There is a third plastic which is now showing up on the market and it is being marketed as a proprietary plastic. The qualities being mentioned with this plastic are that it not too hard, has recall memory, and solves the slippage problem. Since the plastic being used in this machine is not being mentioned because of proprietary reasons, I can not include the exact type of this plastic. What I can say is that these are the qualities that should be looked for when purchasing a high-end Bat Rolling Machine.

The most important thing is that you choose a machine that rolls bats well but also grips and has forgiving qualities too it. I am not suggestion that rolling is difficult or even rocket science. What I am saying is that it is important to do your homework so you are able to choose your Bat Rolling Machine and Company from an educated and enlightened position.


1. Too hard of a plastic has zero tolerance for forgiveness
2. Too slick of a plastic will result in bat slippage on stiff and some new bats.
3. Do your homework and choose a machine that serves you needs and experience.

By following this outline you will be able to choose the right machine for you and will have years of happy rolling. There truly are some great Bat Rolling Machines on the market today.

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machine - Steel Verses Aluminum

ByDave Manly

Bat Rolling Machines today are constructed of several different types of materials, steel, aluminum, wood and even plastic. They come in many shapes and sizes and designs. The two most common are steel and aluminum. Steel being the predominate choice for manufactures and users.

In addition the machines can be welded, bolted, screwed, or glued together. The choice and ways of construction seem to be endless.

By far steel is the number 1 choice of construction. This is followed by aluminum, which covers about 3% of the market. I am going to discuss both of these materials and construction procedures.

How each machine is constructed and the type of material and thickness of material being used all need to come into play when choosing a machine. Also important is just what your needs are after purchase.

Steel Constructed:

The lion share of the bat rolling machines on the market today, around 95% are made out of steel. The main reason is that welded steel is very strong and enduring and if constructed correctly, will last forever.

A steel constructed bat rolling machine that is welded together will be stronger than one that is screwed or bolted together. The nature of welding itself is the reason. The entire body of the machine is fused together. If the bat rolling machine is made of the correct thickness and type of steel, then you could run over them with a tank (virtually speaking) and still not damage them. This is taking into consideration that the welding is done by a professional welder.

A steel constructed, welded machine is by far the most durable bat rolling machine on the market. A reputable manufacturer will easily be able to replace any parts and or rollers on these machines. The parts and plastics that are being used today make a need for such warranty work all but obsolete.

Aluminum Constructed:

Since all of the aluminum machines I have seen are screwed together, they are not as strong. Screws often times loosen and come out. A welded aluminum bat rolling machine would be stronger than a screwed one if the metal being used was thick enough. The key on a welded machine would be the welder. Welding aluminum is quite difficult and only a highly skilled welder can perform this task.

One argument that has been made by a manufacturer of screwed machines is that parts are more easily replaceable. Since any roller that has to be replaced needs to be replaced by a manufacture anyway, this would seem to be a moot point. Rollers must be correctly machined and tuned. In addition the rollers are pressed on, so the machine needs to be sent back to the manufacturer to get this correctly accomplished.


A wood constructed machine is also a choice. If they are glued and screwed then they are built stronger than an aluminum, screwed together machine. I only have seen a few of these on the market


If you are looking for the strongest built Bat Rolling Machine, then your choice would be steel constructed, welded machine. Most important in this choice is choosing a reputable manufacturer or sales representative who stands behind their machines and warranties. By doing your homework and correctly choosing your machine, you will enjoy years of happy rolling.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machine - 10 Reasons to Purchase One - No, Eleven Reasons

ByDave Manly

Bat Rolling is a process that enhances the distance that a composite softball or baseball bat hits a ball. It really can be the difference between an out and a base hit, or even a home-run.

10 Reasons to Purchase a Bat Rolling Machine:
Not knowing or being familiar with the person or company that is doing the rolling on your $300 or $400 bat.The cost of sending out and having others roll your bats.Wanting to make sure your bat is rolled and done correctlyNot wishing that others know that you are using a bat that has this advantageNot wishing to take the time to ship your bat.Wanting instant break-in of the batWishing to use the Bat Rolling Machine to make some extra incomeWishing to roll your entire teams bats.Wishing to roll your sons or daughters bats.Start your own bat rolling companyBecause you want one. Number eleven... so it does not count.

There are of course, many more reasons why you would purchase a bat rolling machine. I could go on and on, but I will expound a little on these.

By purchasing your own bat rolling machine, you will have 100% peace of mind that your bat is rolled correctly. I have heard stories many times of bats being sent to a bat rolling company and when it came back it appeared that nothing had been done to it. Then once it was taken to the ball park, it seemed to have no increase in power or distance. There are a few reputable bat rolling companies around that I would trust with my bat, just not many.

The cost of sending your bats in to be rolled needs to also be considered. Once you have sent in 8 -10 bats or so, you have paid for the lion share of the cost of owning your own machine. There is also a time factor involved as you have to package and send it in. In addition to the cost of the rolling, you also need to consider the cost of shipment, which is around $12 to send it priority mail and or ups ground. So the cost of sending in 8 bats times around $40 once you include shipping, comes to $320.

The time factor also comes into play in your determination of whether you should purchase a new machine. Most of the time you purchase your new bat, you are wishing to go our and swing it in the next game or tournament, or at practice to see how it performs. By purchasing your own Bat Rolling Machine you will be able to do this immediately.

Once you own your own machine, the advantages become obvious. You now are able to roll your bats instantly along with any others. Often times a team will want to go together and purchase one so all can enjoy the benefits. The advantage of being able to roll bats without others knowing is obvious.

Many are buying machines to take to the ball parks or use out of their homes to make extra money. I have heard countless stories of how their machine paid for itself in the first week or first month.

Finally you can buy a bat rolling machine because you want one. When you do not get what you want for Christmas or a birthday, why not purchase a machine for yourself. Once you have purchased your new machine, you can roll bats in the peace of your own home when you want. You will have many years of happy rolling.

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machine - In Search of the Truth

ByDave Manly

There are many articles out today on bat rolling and bat rolling machines. This article is going to make bold statements and try to cut to the chase in order to arrive to this authors' opinion of the truth. The facts I present will help you to come to your own conclusion in several areas.

Bat rolling is a process that came into existence around 1999 and really started showing up around 2003. It has taken off in the last 3 or so years. It is a process of expediting the break in period of a composite bat.

The bats are placed between rollers and then the rollers are squeezed together at increased intervals. This loosens the fibers, with the results being a trampoline effect. It increases performance of a bat and the ability to hit balls further. The science and studies surrounding bat rolling has been around since 2004 and it is well know in baseball and softball circles that it works. Increasing ball flight from 20 to 50 feet on a well hit ball will be the result of a correctly rolled bat.

Articles have been written on parallel machines being better, also larger shafts, types of bearings, companies and manufacturers, and which machines are best. The list goes on and on and can become very confusing to the average consumer who is wishing to get his or her bat rolled and or purchase a bat rolling machine. Much of what is written is a sales pitch and not much more.

However, by carefully deciphering, common sense, should prevail. I hope to help in this area where I can.


Which is better, a parallel or perpendicular machine?

The truth is a parallel machine. Most of these machines will also roll perpendicular and for this reason alone they are a better purchase. In addition to being able to roll both parallel and perpendicular, they also give you the ability to roll the entire sweet spot of a bat. If you only roll parallel then you also can roll a bat much quicker.

Does the plastic of the rollers matter?

Yes, absolutely. This perhaps is the most important question you can answer. Too hard and bat breakage and spider webbing follows. Too slick and slippage follows. Too soft and it does not properly break in a bat. Bottom line is harder is better... but too hard and you have major issues on your hand.

There is one plastic on the market that really concerns me. It is Acetal and also known under the trade name Delrin. Its' main properties are its hardness and how slick it is. It is extremely hard and slick. Neither of these makes for a good bat rolling machine. I would advise any consumer to look into the plastic before purchasing a machine. Personally I would stay away from this plastic and any machine that is using it.

What is the best plastic to use?

Research has been done by some, but such a statement can not be made as 100% factual as new plastics are coming out and cost also has to be taken into consideration. I can say that at least one manufacturer is using a duo-core plastic that has all the properties needed to make a great Bat Rolling Machine. The inner core has hardness and the outer layer grips the bats well to eliminate slippage. It is not hard to understand that this is the best of both worlds.

What is the most important question to answer before purchasing a machine?

In my mind there really are two. One is the plastics and construction of the machine and the second is the customer service of the manufacturer or sales rep. Reputation and standing behind their machines is huge.

In Conclusion:

The most important thing to remember is to do your research before you purchase your next machine. Purchase a machine from a reputable company and above all, make sure the plastic rollers are not too hard. Too soft is not good, but too hard can be disastrous

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The Panther Series from Panther Machines is leading industry by allowing you to roll both perpendicular and or parallel on the same machine. These are the best machines on the market. Please visit Panther Machines at

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machine - Extremely Hard Rollers Break Bats

ByDave Manly

In the quest for lifetime warranties and easy rolling, there are Bat Rolling Machines that are using extremely hard rollers. Honestly, I can not figure out how such rollers have evolved. It is an example of research and development that has gone bad.

There have been several areas that needed to be addressed. The machines being built need to solve these problems.

Here is a short list of the areas that needed to be addressed.

Bat SlippageEase of RollingLong lastingBat Damage

However, the most important area is the protection of the bats that are being rolled. While no manufacturer can offer 100% guarantees of the bats themselves, do too many factors, it is my professional opinion that all areas of research should center on the needs of the consumer. A broken bat will quickly ruin your day and it only takes one.

Acetal Plastic which is also known as Delrin is a material that solved 1 of these problem areas. This plastic will last. Where it fails is in the other 3.

This plastic replaces steel in many applications of industrial usage. You will see it used in areas such as pulleys and gears. Bull gears and pinion gears are often made of this material. Hardness and lack of friction are its 2 main properties. It is nearly as hard as steel.

Bat Slippage:

Bat slippage also can be an issue in the bat rolling industry. This is when a bat slips on the rollers during the rolling process. This can occur at higher levels of pressure. This can not be solved by using a material that is low in friction. The plastic needs to grip the bat well to solve the slippage problem. Teflon is another plastic that has great properties, but should be stayed away from in the bat rolling industry.

Ease of Rolling:

A couple of areas need to be taken into consideration in this category. You need a material that solves the slippage problem and also compresses the bat well. Both are equally important.

Long Lasting:

The ability to put a good warranty on a machine is extremely important, but it should not be the only deciding factor when selecting a material to use in the rollers of a machine. The other factors should be taken into consideration.

Bat Breakage:

I have seen articles written on this subject, and one statement suggests that harder is better when it comes to the rollers in bat rolling machines. I also have heard of and seen bat damage from these extremely hard rollers and even bat breakage.

The Solution:

There are plastics available that solve all of the problems that were mentioned in this article. There are solid core plastics that bridge the gap. There is even at least one Bat Rolling Machine that utilizes a duo-core plastic. This plastic has hardness in its center core and gripping ability and memory recall on its outer shell.

In Conclusion:

Too hard of a plastic will last forever, but you have a high risk of damaging and or breaking an expensive bat. There are plastic rollers on the market that bridge the gap and will give you the professional result that you deserve. You just need to do a little research and you will have many years of happy rolling.

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Panther 250

Panther 500

Panther 750 (Proprietary Rollers)

Panther Xtreme (Duo-Core Proprietary Rollers)

The Panther Series from Panther Machines is leading industry by allowing you to roll both perpendicular and or parallel on the same machine. These are the best machines on the market. Please visit Panther Machines at

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machine - Reviewing the New Duo-Core Plastics

ByDave Manly

There have been many articles written on Bat Rolling Machines

The Duo Core Plastic Rollers that have recently hit the market is one area that has not been discussed.

In constant search for a better bat rolling machine, the duo-core plastic roller has emerged. What is it and what is the need for it?

To answer this question, I need to answer the last part of the question first.

There are many rollers out today, and many variations of each. Each can serve a purpose or niche, if you will. What has transpired in the bat rolling machine revolution is the need to solve some problem areas.

Bat damage is one problem; bat slippage during the transaction of rolling is another. Still another is the longevity of the plastic rollers themselves. There have been many attempts on making a machine that solves all of these areas. It is this author's professional opinion that the duo-core plastic roller is the best solution to date.

The reason for this is the perception of the problem and then coming up with the best solution that covers all problem areas and how to best deal with them.

Duo-Core Plastic:

A duo-core plastic is a plastic made up of an inner core and an outer shell. By going with 2 different plastics, a machine can solve multiple problems. The inner core can solve the problem of hardness, which helps with the compression of the bats. The outer shell can be made out of a plastic with properties that can correctly grip the bat to eliminate slippage problems.

There are many good machines on the market today, and again your selection of your next Bat Rolling Machine depends on your needs and usage. That being said, I would recommend that you look into the duo-core bat rolling machines. They truly are the best the market has to offer.

The top bat rollers in the country have tested these new machines and the reviews are excellent.

In Conclusion:

A Duo-Core Bat Rolling Machine is a machine that uses plastics with an inner core and an outer shell. This gives the capability of solving multiple problem areas. If you are wishing to look at the best bat rolling machines on the market, then check out the new duo-core machines.

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About the Author Dave is the owner of Panther Machines. Panther Machines is the leader in the industry in both the production and sales of Bat Rolling Machines

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Friday, 1 March 2013

How to Improve Your Bat Speed in Fastpitch Softball

There's little doubt there are men reading this who are either macho, muscle bound jocks, or beer bellied want to be athletes, who will scoff at the idea a player, most likely female, needs to know how to increase their bat speed for fastpitch softball.

All I can say is that just shows their ignorance of the sport. Obviously, they don't realize that female fastpitch hurlers, such as Jenny Finch, have struck major league batters out in pitching exhibitions. They don't have a clue that a softball pitcher can throw a rise, drop and curve ball, as well as a screaming fastball which rival any baseball pitcher when pitching distance is factored in.

So we won't bother addressing issues with these types of people, let's address methods of increasing our bat speed through the hitting zone. In actuality producing bat speed for softball hitters differs very little for the same desired goal in baseball.

Physical strength, like it or not, is the initial step in increasing our bat speed through the hitting zone. The Core of the body, the legs, hips, fingers and arms are the muscles of the body directly utilized to create the explosive energy required to swing the bat. Weak core strength equals a slow bat.

Therefore, the initial building block to increasing bat speed is increasing core body strength, of which the legs are first. Squats and lunges are old fashioned, yet still the undisputed best and quickest method to increase leg strength. The squats can be performed with or without weights. Should you decide to use weights, reps are more important than the amount of weight lifted, as reps builds endurance as well as muscle mass.

Lunges are an excellent method for not only increasing leg strength, but hip strength as well, which is imperative to being able to quickly open the body and create the explosive speed required to effectively hit the ball hard.

The fingers are the next body part we strengthen. No, I did not say hands, I said fingers. The hands essentially consists of two parts, the fingers and the palms. Palms have no strength, they are only there to affect holding an object, while the fingers squeeze the object. Squeezing a tennis or racquetball will increase the finger strength and there are balls designed for specifically squeezing which will also work.

Now that we have strengthened our core body, let's look at some drills you can perform which will also help increase bat speed as well as hitting in general.

Balance is a huge factor in maintaining body control which is essential to a good quick bat swing.

Here's a very simple drill for training hitters to not over stride. A rule of thumb is the hitter's stride should not exceed the length of his bat. Have two players working together, each with the same length bat.

The hitter takes a stride and swing as if he were hitting a pitch. He stops before his follow through. The second player lays his bat down between the hitters feet. If the stride is

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