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2018 Easton Slowpitch Bats Reviews

2018 Easton Slowpitch Softball Bats Reviews

There is nothing like a fun game of slowpitch softball during the warm summer months. However, did
you know that slowpitch softball players use bats specifically designed for the way the pitchers throw
the ball?

Unlike traditional softball or baseball games where balls are usually thrown fast, slowpitch softballs are
usually thrown much slower in an arch. To accommodate slowpitch softballs, many bat brands have
managed to make a name for themselves by excelling at manufacturing and selling reliable,
good-quality slowpitch softball bats.

One such brand is Easton, a company known for providing slowpitch softball players around the
country with quality bats. What makes a slowpitch softball bat different from other types of bats,

For starters, most Easton slowpitch softball bats are 34 inches long and made from composite or wood
materials. In addition, slowpitch softball bats can weigh anywhere between 26 and 30 ounces, and the
diameters aren’t likely to exceed 2.75 inches.

2018 Easton Slowpitch Softball Bats

That’s all well and good, but what are some of the more popular Easton slowpitch softball bats that
players should look for in 2018? What makes them so special?

Before delving into all the most popular Easton slowpitch softball bats for the year, it’s important to
note that players have to be mindful of what type of league they’re playing in before choosing a bat.
Certain rules regarding bats vary from league to league. Then there is personal preference, such as
whether you prefer a wooden bat or aluminum bat.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular Easton slowpitch bats depending on the league,
along with some of Easton’s most popular and quality-made aluminum and wooden slowpitch baseball

ASA Slowpitch Softball Bats

ASA slowpitch softball bats are specifically designed for use in the Amateur Softball Association of
America (ASA). ASA-approved slowpitch softball bats are usually designed so that all players,
regardless of gender, have an equal playing field. The way the bats are constructed offers more safety
for players on the field because they’re specifically designed with a limit on their maximum

Some of Easton’s best ASA-approved slowpitch softball bats include the following:

  • Ghost Double Barrel: A solid piece, the Ghost Double Barrel bat is designed with a double
    barrel with a full-length inner barrel. In addition, the outer barrel of the bat has a low
    compression of 750 PSI, which pairs well with the inner barrel in order to improve a batter’s
    batting performance. It also boasts Easton’s ConneXion+ technology.
  • RONIN FLEX™ 2-piece: Featuring Flex™ Barrel Technology, this bat is designed with TCT™
    Thermo Composite Technology for improved performance. In addition, it has two-piece
    Connexion ZERO™ technology patented by Easton that improves the overall feel of the bat in
    the batter’s hands. As an added bonus, this bat is approved for use in not only ASA leagues
    but also NSA, USSSA, ISA, and ISF.
  • RONIN FLEX™ 1-piece: As another Easton bat that feature’s the brand’s patented TCT™
    Thermo Composite Technology and Flex™ Barrel design, the RONIN FLEX 1-piece slowpitch
    softball bat is designed with the batter in mind. Not only does the bat’s softer compression
    allow for a more comfortable feel when held, but its loaded design helps send the ball flying
    when hit. Additionally, the bat is approved for use in the ASA, as well as the ISA, USSSA, and
    other popular slowpitch softball leagues.

USSSA/NSA Slowpitch Softball Bats

Just like ASA slowpitch softball bats, USSSA and NSA bats are specifically designed for use in the
United States Specialty Sports Association and National Softball Association leagues. A couple of
Easton’s best 2018 slowpitch softball bats include the following:

  • Fire Flex Loaded: If you’re looking for a bat designed for performance, Easton’s Fire Flex
    Loaded slowpitch softball bat kicks the brand’s patented Flex™ Barrel Technology up a notch.
    With its end-loaded design, the bat is durable and can withstand the demands of more than
    one season. In addition, thanks to its carbon composite barrel and two-piece design with
    ConneXion+ technology, batters will enjoy solid hits every time their bat connects with the ball.
    It is approved for use in both NSA and USSSA leagues and offers a 1-year warranty upon
  • Resmondo: A favorite among slowpitch softball batters, Easton’s Resmondo bat is approved
    for NSA and USSSA leagues. It features the latest generation of Flex™ Barrel Technology to
    improve durability. The bat’s end-loaded design also boasts a carbon composite barrel, along
    with two-piece ConneXion+ technology for a smoother feel upon contact.

Aluminum and Wooden Easton 2018 Slowpitch Softball Bats

So, we’ve covered some of Easton’s more popular slowpitch bats in 2018 based on leagues, but what
about the material a bat is made from? What are the best aluminum bats and the best wooden ones?
For starters, a few of the best aluminum bats include:

  • Ronin Atac Alloy 1-piece: Aluminum bats are popular for their durability, and the Ronin Atac
    Alloy bat from Easton is no exception. As a one-piece bat with a 12-inch barrel, the Ronin Atac
    Alloy is designed with thinly walled alloy, which happens to be extremely strong, yet
    lightweight. That means this bat can withstand the test of time and allows for improved
    performance. The bat is approved for use in the ASA, USSSA, NSA, and other slowpitch
    softball leagues.
  • Rebel 1-Piece: Constructed from military-grade aluminum alloy, Easton’s Rebel 1-piece is
    designed for fast swings and powerful connections between the bat and ball. It is approved for
    the ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISF, and ISA leagues.

The best wooden bats include:

  • Pro 110 Maple Comp: Easton’s maple softball bat is crafted from extremely durable maple
    and a resin-covered handle made from composite materials for improved swing speed and

These are only a few of Easton’s 2018 slowpitch bats on the market, and they are sure to be a big hit
among slowpitch softball players throughout the 2018 season. No matter what style of bat you’re
looking for or what league you’re playing in, Easton offers something for everyone.

Shop for Easton Softball Bats

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The History of Slow Pitch Softball Reviews

The History of Slow Pitch Softball Reviews


The earliest known softball game was played in Chicago, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day, 1887. It took place at the Farragut Boat Club at a gathering to hear the outcome of the Yale University and Harvard University football game.When the score was announced and bets were settled, a Yale alumnus threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter. The Harvard fan grabbed a stick and swung at the rolled up glove. George Hancock called out “Play ball!” and the game began, with the boxing glove tightened into a ball, a broom handle serving as a bat. This first contest ended with a score of 41–40. The ball, being soft, was fielded barehanded.

George Hancock is credited as the game’s inventor for his development of ball and an undersized bat in the next week. The Farragut Club soon set rules for the game, which spread quickly to outsiders. Envisioned as a way for baseball players to maintain their skills during the winter, the sport was called “Indoor Baseball”  Under the name of “Indoor-Outdoor”, the game moved outside in the next year, and the first rules were published in 1889.

In 1895 Lewis Rober, Sr. of Minneapolis organized outdoor games as exercise for firefighters; this game was known as kitten ball (after the first team to play it), lemon ball, or diamond ball  Rober’s version of the game used a ball 12 inches (30 cm) in circumference, rather than the 16-inch (41 cm) ball used by the Farragut club, and eventually the Minneapolis ball prevailed, although the dimensions of the Minneapolis diamond were passed over in favor of the dimensions of the Chicago one. Rober may not have been familiar with the Farragut Club rules. Fire Station No. 19 in Minneapolis, Rober’s post from 1896 to 1906, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in part for its association with the sport’s development.  The first softball league outside the United States was organized in Toronto in 1897.

USA Softball was founded in 1933 as the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) with a tournament held in Chicago that was organized by Leo Fischer and Michael J. Pauley. The following year, the 1934 National Recreation Congress recognized the ASA.  Shortly afterward, USA Softball was located in Newark, New Jersey. A world amateur softball tournament was held by USA Softball at Chicago’s Soldier Field that started on September 7, 1939. USA Softball relocated to its new headquarters in Oklahoma City on January 1, 1966.

Since 2005, it has run the World Cup of Softball. USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium also hosts the NCAA Women’s College World Series and the Big 12 Conference softball championship.

Team USA

In 1978, the United States Olympic Committee named USA Softball the national governing body of softball in the United States. Due to this designation, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping, and promoting the six USA softball national teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. In 1996, the USA softball women’s national team became the first American softball team to compete in the Olympics.

Amateur programs

The USA softball youth program began in 1974. Over 80,000 teams, 1.3 million players, and 300,000 coaches participate in USA Softball’s youth division on an annual basis.

The USA Softball adult program began in 1934. With over 170,000 teams, 2.5 millions players, and 500,000 coaches involved on an annual basis, the adult program is the largest USA Softball program. USA Softball provides programs of competition for adults including fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch for men and women.

National Softball Hall of Fame and museum

The National Softball Hall of Fame was dedicated May 26, 1973, in Oklahoma City. It has 337 members with 125 deceased,  including players, managers, umpires, and other suitable individuals.


United States Specialty Sports Association

“USSSA” redirects here. For the government agency, see United States Social Security

Administration.The USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) is a volunteer, sports governing body, non-profit organization based in Kissimmee, Florida. It was founded in 1968, originally in Petersburg, Virginia. It was announced at the 2015 National Conference that USSSA would be moving to a new headquarters in 2017. Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL will become the new headquarters on Florida’s Space Coast beginning in the spring of 2017. USSSA will be taking over the Space Coast Stadium complex from the Washington Nationals baseball club. An additional 8 multi-purpose all turf fields will join the existing 7 fields to bring to a total of 15 fields plus the stadium. The new facility will feature an 18,000 square foot building next to the quad that will host the USSSA National Hall of Fame and Sports Museum.

Originally USSSA stood for United States Slow-pitch Softball Association. However, in 1998 USSSA rebranded the name to United States Specialty Sports Association and expanded into other sports including youth girls fast-pitch and boys baseball. Currently USSSA governs 13 sports across the US, Puerto Rico, various US Military bases, and Canada and has a membership of over 3.7 million.


The USSSA organization was formed in the spring of 1968 after the founder’s ideas were turned down at a different national softball association’s national meeting. The founders of the organization are Robert Mueller, James DiOrio, Ray Ernst, Frank Ciaccia and Ted Mazza. They used their newly formed organization to implement new developments. These developments include longer fences, 65 foot base paths, a smaller batter’s box, widened media coverage, and encouraged greater financial support. Their experimental world tournament in 1968 was a success. There were 50 different teams from 15 states.

That first decade was a turbulent one. As teams flocked to the new association with progressive ideas, the older organization enacted policies designed to keep teams from participating in USSSA sanctioned events. The battle ended up in a Federal courtroom in Nashville, TN where USSSA prevailed but not until after a long and expensive ordeal.

By 1971, USSSA was struggling in debt and directors began resigning. In the fall of that year, a historic meeting was held in Petersburg, Va for discussions on whether or not to abandon their efforts. The decision was made to move forward and the Executive Board elected 40 year old Al Ramsey of Petersburg,Va as Chief Executive Officer. The constitution was completely overhauled and Ramsey instructed the board to pledge itself to operate on a sound business basis and launch an all-out campaign for new qualified personnel. The USSSA National Headquarters was incorporated in the state of Virginia as a non-profit organization.

The following year, 30 new directors were replaced and 60 new directors were appointed. In less than a year, the association was completely out of debt and operating on a sound financial basis. Team and umpire registrations began to show considerable increases. The 1972 National Meeting was held in Rochester, NY and some 75 directors attended.

USSSA grew by leaps and bounds throughout the 1970s and ’80s, adding new programs such as Church, Corporate, Women’s, Mixed and multi levels of Men’s play, along with structured Divisions such as Central, Southern, and Midwest. In 1981, USSSA purchased a 24,000 square foot building in Petersburg for its National Headquarters and Hall of Fame Museum. The support of fund raising campaigns throughout the entire association made the purchase a realty. The Divisional Meeting concept was introduced and the Masters program was added. By 1987, USSSA passed 100,000 teams in total membership and the association voted to expand to eight divisions directed by four regions, with a major realignment plan to meet future growth needs.

In 1997, the USSSA became the first multi-sports governing body  Currently the USSSA is the largest multi-sport governing body in the World. USSSA offers programs and tournaments in Baseball, Basketball, Fastpitch, Flag Football, Golf, Martial Arts, Lacrosse, Soccer, Slow-Pitch, and Volleyball. Visit the USSSA homepage for more details.


National Softball Association

The National Softball Association (NSA) “is a sporting governing body. The NSA gives softball teams the opportunity to play in qualifying tournaments for State, National – Regional and World Series Tournament play. Also in certain NSA qualifying tournaments, teams are able to win a berth into the NSA Super-World Series. The NSA Super-World  series features teams from all over the country. Some municipal park district leagues and corporate leagues follow NSA guidelines to some extent, especially in what bats are not allowed in play, however most competitive leagues require bats with ASA 2004 Certification.



Hugh Cantrell is the Founder, CEO and President of the NSA. It all started, “in 1982 around his kitchen table in Lexington, Kentucky, he announced his plans for The National Softball Association to his son Eddie Ray, Don Moore, Ernie Browning, eventual board members Jim Miles and Bernie Livers”. Cantrell was a former player, coach, sponsor and tournament organizer for over 25 years. He stated that he saw that there was a need for an organization where it would put the teams and players first and do it better than the rest.

In the autumn of 1982, the plans were set in motion for Hugh and his fledgling National Softball Association to get off the ground as incorporation papers were filed in Lexington”.  The official conference took place in November of the same year and it discussed the framework and groundwork for the construction in the spring of 1983.

In January 1983, Hugh appointed the first six Board of Directors that would serve as the decision making body of the NSA”. Hugh was the seventh board member and he handled the everyday business and his six board members acted as the Rules Committee. “Six original board members are still with the NSA in some capacity as of November 2002”.This means a lot about what kind of people that Hugh selected. In 1983, the NSA sanctioned 638 teams in three states. In 2002, the NSA does or has done business in all 50 states, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Mexico, The Bahamas, Russia and Holland”.[1]

In 1985, The Presidential Award of Excellence was awarded to Hugh Cantrell, which is the NSA’s highest honor”.

In 1992, Hugh Cantrell, “fittingly became the first person inducted into the NSA Hall of Fame”.

In its most recent activity in the “Chattanooga Times Free Press”, its states that the National Softball Association is bringing its girl’s fast-pitch Class B World Series for the Eastern half of North America to Chattanooga next summer. It also states that this event will not only feature lots of attendees, but their average stay is five nights, and with girls’ events you have parents, siblings and grandparents attending in many cases.

Independent Softball Association


International Softball Association
Formation 1984
Type Softball league
Headquarters Bartow, Florida
CEO Don Stratton
Website The Independent Softball Association (ISA) is one of four governing bodies for softball in North America. The ISA was founded by Larry Nash with the help of his wife Connie, in 1984 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The headquarters moved to Winter Haven, Florida in 1997 and to Bartow, Florida in 2007



First introduced to softball in 1967, Nash was hooked from his first game. After years of playing, Nash decided that although he may have lost a step or two in the game, he still had much to offer the game of softball in the form of coaching and organizing teams. He managed a local team for a while and also became a director for one of Tennessee’s existing softball organizations. Then after many years of enjoying the sport, Nash decided he had ideas to help make softball even more fun and enjoyable and formed the Independent Softball Association.

From the first tournament with sixty-four teams and the association’s first national tournament in Conyers, Georgia that saw sixteen teams, the growth began. Nash worked around the clock balancing an insurance agency, a life, a home and a growing softball association for ten years until 1994 when Nash’s health came into play. That’s when long time softball player, enthusiasts, sponsor and businessman Bill Ruth of Washington State University stepped in. Ruth had come across the possible sale of the ISA and figured with his love of the sport and his knowledge of business, this could work and actually acquired the association amidst some other business dealings.

Late in the 1990s the association expanded into Youth Fast Pitch and followed that expansion with the addition of Modified Pitch. In 2007 the association began its new baseball program. In October 2007, Don Stratton of Florida was named the new CEO. The ISA also has guidelines for what equipment, especially bats, are allowed in play. These guidelines are often used by municipal park district and corporate leagues who do not wish to conform to the much more restricted guidelines of the Amateur Softball Association.


Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts international softball tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Senior Softball-USA
Our mission is to provide every senior in America
who wants to play softball with the opportunity.

How it all started
Invented by Minneapolis Fire Captain Louis Rober in 1895, the game of softball was originally played with a 16-inch ball to help the members of the fire station keep fit. He called the sport Kittenball.Senior Softball dates to the 1930s, when Eveyln Brown Rittenhouse, a retired stage actress from New York, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, to manage a retirement community.She was asked to recommend a way to keep older people active. Her idea: Softball. In those days, the players walked the bases. That practice has long since changed.

The sport has evolved since that time. The ball is smaller and harder. The slow-pitch softball game organized by Senior Softball-USA is a fast-paced and vigorous sport. The teams play with a 12-inch ball in a game that’s heavy into hitting, running and fielding. The 25,000 Senior Softball-USA players make up the best and most competitive of the 1.5 million seniors playing softball in America today.

One thing that remains unchanged, however, is the spirit of fun, competition and camaraderie inspired by the sport. Senior Softball-USA remains the leading organization of Senior Softball. “We are dedicated to informing and uniting the senior softball players of America and the world,” said founder Bob Mitchell.

Senior softball today
There are more than 1.5 million active senior softball players and that number is growing as baby boomers come into the market.

Softball is the number one men’s team sport in America with approximately 21 percent of the male populace participating.

Softball is one of the few sports in America which has achieved near parity in the numbers of men and women participating.

Senior Softball-USA
Bob Mitchell founded Senior Softball-USA, the world’s largest organization of senior softball players, in Sacramento, California, in the Spring of 1988. Since then, the organization has mushroomed in size, growing by an average of 500 players a quarter. Today Senior Softball-USA players are on 1,500 teams in every state and in Canada.Men must be 50+ and women 45+ to play and everyone is welcome. “This is a sport that doesn’t discriminate,” said founder Bob Mitchell. “Not by age, not by sex, not by race and not by religion. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for any senior to play softball.”Regulations SSUSA provides a national governing body for senior softball
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Senior Softball Bat Reviews

Senior Softball Bat Reviews

If you are looking for a good senior softball bat, you may be quickly lost in the fray of the available options. Some years back the choice wasn’t as wide as it is now. So when it comes to the purchase of a decent bat, the task turns out to be a real challenge. Because it’s important to keep in mind a lot of things: your playing style, individual preferences, your league rules and limitations etc.

However, all the rules are made with an intention to protect the older players from injuries. Let’s take a glance at Bat Performance Factor, i.e. BPF to see the difference between bats for various age groups. The maximum limit for softball senior bats is 1.21 BPF, while USSSA allows merely 1.20. Simply put, senior softball bats perform better because the standards are higher. It includes power, distance, exit speed etc.


Adidas Melee 2 Reloaded End Loaded Senior Softball Bat Reviews

You must have noted the spectacular success of the previous Melee model. Be sure that the newly-designed Melee 2 from Adidas will be off the charts as well. This bat has taken all the best features from its forerunner and lashed them together with the top-notch technologies for getting high-yield composites.

As a result, the new bat for seniors delivers brisk, seamless performance needed to increase distance with 44 cor 375 compression balls. It takes minimum time to get comfortable with the Melee 2, so you can just take it out of the wrapper and start enjoying its easy swings and great performance. There’s no need to risk your following plays with the last year’s bat. This bat will easily turn you from a common hitter into a superior one.


Miken Ultra II SSUSA Bat Senior Softball Bat Reviews

This bat produced in the USA by Miken will definitely give senior players an advantage over
their competitors. By the way, its usage is allowed only for senior softball leagues.

The Ultra II goes with a 13.5’’ barrel and a huge sweet spot. Its thin handle is the most
popular among the vast majority of players.

Nevertheless this bat does not have a warranty, it has SSUSA, LVSSA, and SPA
certification stamps.


Dudley Lightning Legend Series Senior Softball Bat Reviews

If you want to get one of the best possible senior softball bats, turn attention to Lightning Legend Series by Dudley. They produce good-looking high performing bats with the use of extraordinary technologies. This is why so many players use these bats.

One of the signature features of the Slowpitch Softball Bat is GripSpin Tech that makes the ball fly higher and keeps it in the air longer and thus resulting in some jaw-dropping distances.



Selecting an appropriate senior softball bat doesn’t have to be difficult. Just decide whether you’re a power hitter or contact hitter and start selecting. Plus, equip yourself with enough information about the top brands in the market so to be confident of getting a first-grade quality softball bat.

The three overviews above are an excellent starting point for your search.

All Miken, Dudley, Adidas, Easton and  Worth Senior Softball Bats

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Slowpitch Bat Survey

SlowPitch Bat Survey

Who doesn’t enjoy a rousing game of slowpitch softball? However, did you know that slowpitch softball requires a different type of bat than regular softball? It’s true.

Because pitches in slowpitch softball are thrown much lower and at more of an arch than a traditional fastball or curveball, batters in slowpitch softball leagues know that to hit the ball well, their bats must have certain qualities that aren’t exactly as important in traditional softball bats.

Easton Ghost Double Barrel Slowpitch Bat Survey

Some basic qualities important for softball bats don’t typically vary much. First of all, it’s their size, as most of the bats out there are about 34”, and have a barrel of 2.25” in diameter. Secondly, it’s the weight that is 26-30 oz. And lastly, the material which is not too varied – most bats are made from composite materials, you can find some examples of aluminium, and just a couple of wooden bats on the market at the moment.

When in search for a slowpitch bat, it’s important to remember just how many different kinds are on the market, especially considering that men and women can play in a single slowpitch softball league team. That means there is a wide selection of bats available to accommodate a wide diversity in batters. Additionally, certain guidelines concerning bats tend to vary depending on the league.

Miken Freak 23 Slowpitch Bat Survey

You’ll find two options of this bat on the market – ASA only approved, and USSSA, ISA and NSA approved.

The first one – ASA approved – is a three-piece bat made of composite materials. Thanks to the Tetra-Core technology used for inside and outside construction pieces the bat is to give your the perfect hit place and ensure the durability at the same time. The Flex 2 Power technology for the barrel-handle joining piece optimizes the loading and increases the speed through the hitting zone.

Worth Ryan Harvey Legit Slowpitch Bat Survey

This bat will offer you a combination of a 13.5” barrel and a ½ oz end load. Add to it the Flex 50 Technology of the handle, and you’ll get a strong sweet spot, top-notch performance and endurance. The Legit comes in 26, 27, and 28 oz options, and ASA, USSSA, NSA and ISA approve it for the games.

All these features make this bat perfect for players who look for a responsive barrel and distance and pop boost. If that’s you then give it a try, and you’ll be amazed by the thinnest feel of the handle and impressive whip of the zone giving the most efficient edge.