Hmmmm….I wonder where that August tournament will be?
We are very excited to announce another partnership with a like-minded organization: Stinger Sports Gear (AKA Stinger Bat Co.)!
Stinger uses the best “pro” grade wood while making an affordable wood bat for young baseball players – like your Falls Aces. Stinger also makes batting and fielding gloves for players at all age levels.
Using promo code #ACESFAM you can take a total of 15% off your order, dropping the price of a high quality youth wood bat to just over $55! What a steal!
If you are still looking for sweet batting gloves, Stinger has some great stars and stripes versions that will pair very well with your Falls Aces uniforms. With the promo code above, your total cost is under $25 per pair. Might as well order two pairs at that price! You can order these slick looking gloves here.
If you represent a team looking for a great deal, Stinger offers tremendous team packages at incredible prices!
Don’t forget to use promo code #ACESFAM on all orders to save BIG!
You can follow Team Stinger on Twitter (@stingerbats), Facebook or Instagram (@bestwoodbats).
Picking out bats for your young baseball player isn’t as easy as it should be. There are approximately seven katrillion bats to choose from, and all of them seem to be 1) completely different and 2) exactly the same after spending a few hours looking, swinging and researching them. We’re going to try to make things a little easier for you with this short guide.
First off, let’s understand the basics. All bats have a number on the knob. For wood bats that number usually is the “drop” weight – which we will get to shortly. Other bats typically have the bat length on the knob, such as “30”.
The length is just that, how many inches long the bat is. Younger players will have shorter bats and once kids enter their high school years they typically will have graduated to a bat around 33″ in length.
Another detail to understand is your league’s requirements for bat material. Bats are made from wood, or aluminum, or composite materials, or a hybrid mix of two of these materials. Wood bats are typically allowed in all leagues, while some leagues do not allow the use of hybrid or composite bats. Check with your league on this requirement before committing to a bat.
A common point of confusion is the barrel size, and here things get a little tricky depending on what league rules your son plays by. It is best for you to understand that before going further. Most leagues allow a barrel diameter up to 2 5/8″. Again, check with your local league before buying.
The last main detail to understand is what the “-” number means on the bat. This is the “drop”, or the difference between the length and the weight (in ounces) of the bat. For example, a 31″ “-5” bat will weigh 26 oz.
An area where most kids lead their parents astray is with the bat weight. Kids like to be able to swing bats really fast, which helps generate bat speed, which they think in turn helps to generate power. Kids think that in order to hit for power, they need very light bats. This is not true.
Bats that are appropriately weighted will generate more power than “toothpick” bats, simply because they generate more momentum towards the ball. Bats may seem too heavy at first, however once an appropriate acclimation period has set in, hitters will see a tremendous increase in power.
We’re providing our recommendations for the bat sizing below, based on the average sized youth player at that level. If you son is stronger, or smaller than the average youth player at the age below you should adjust the guidance accordingly.
- U9/10 = -10 (28″/18 oz as an example)
- U11/12 = -8 (30″/22 oz as an example)
- U13/14 = -5 (31″/26 oz as an example)
- U15 and beyond = -3 at the most (33″/30 oz as an example)
While we have tried our best to provide concise, simple bat purchasing instructions, we realize that parents can be overwhelmed when trying to choose the “right” bat. It’s always a good idea to talk with your Coach about recommendations, but if you like you can also ask for recommendations by commenting below. Good luck on your hunt!
Oh, if you want to save some serious cash on your online order, check out Easton’s full range of bats by clicking here.
2018 Falls Aces players will be able to size for uniforms starting on Monday, February 12th through Saturday, February 17th at Burghardt’s Sporting Goods in Brookfield. Sizing is needed for jerseys, pants, socks, belts, hats, and helmets.
Once complete, email your Head Coach with the details – including uniform number if you have not done so – and we will take care of the rest.
Uniform pickup will be at The Garcade on Sunday, March 25th from 1-3 PM. You can come earlier and stay later – enjoy the experience of playing old school video games! All admission for Aces is $10, a 33% savings from normal admission.
Come for the threads, stay for the fun! Bring the whole family!
This is not a fundraising event. We partnered with The Garcade to offer a discounted admission as a token of our appreciation for the kid’s work over Winter and your support. THANK YOU!
One of the founding principles of Falls Aces is to provide athletes and families with a value-based program that hits on the total experience of being an athlete in today’s highly competitive youth sports environment. In doing so, we strategically align our program with other businesses that are like-minded and offer a value proposition to our program.
Team Rehabilitation is the latest local business that we are partnering with to provide our Aces with an outpatient rehab and physical therapy avenue should they become injured while in our program. Benefits to our athletes include:
- Guaranteed same day consultative appointments to diagnose issues (just mention you are with the Falls Aces when calling)
- Jaeger Bands for our athletes to use to improve overall arm care
- Professional, high-caliber, sport-specific care for unique baseball injuries
To learn more about Colin O’Brien, Clinic Director at Team Rehab – Menomonee Falls, and his team visit their website or continue reading below.
Colin has studied at the James Andrews Sports Medicine Institute of Birmingham, Alabama, working with athletes from high school to professional ranks. Colin works to empower his patients utilizing a collaborative approach, combining education relating to the patient’s condition and the proposed course of therapies. Colin’s focus is to get his patients back to their desired level of activity and provide the tools to stay there.
The Falls Aces Baseball program now provides a full spectrum of arm care unique in our area. Our partnership with BRX Performance provides the best sport-specific training to strengthen and condition athletes, our internal arm care program builds up stamina and strength, and our partnership with Team Rehabilitation provides immediate care for when things go wrong.
Welcome to the program Colin and team!