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Kid’s Sports Safety

09-04-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (1) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. The brain is made of soft tissue and is cushioned by spinal fluid. It is encased in the hard, protective skull. The brain can move around inside the skull and even bang against it. If the brain bangs against the skull — for example, due to a fall on a playground or a whiplash-type of injury — blood vessels can be torn and the nerves inside the brain can be injured. These injuries can cause a concussion.


Common Types of Sports Injuries

08-28-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Three common types of sports injuries in kids and teens are acute injuries, overuse injuries, and reinjuries:

Acute Injuries

Acute injuries happen suddenly and are usually associated with some form of trauma. In younger children, acute injuries often include minor bruises, sprains, and strains. Teen athletes are more likely to sustain more severe injuries, including broken bones and torn ligaments.


Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

08-20-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Participation in any sport, whether it's recreational bike riding or Pee-Wee football, can teach kids to stretch their limits and learn sportsmanship and discipline. But any sport also carries the potential for injury.

By knowing the causes of sports injuries and how to prevent them, you can help make athletics a positive experience for your child.


Kid-Friendly Stress Management

08-10-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Teach kids to use these relaxation techniques when the demands of competition start to heat up:

  • Deep breathing: Find a quiet place to sit down and inhale slowly through the nose, drawing air deep into the lungs. Hold the breath there for about 5 seconds, then release it slowly. Repeat the exercise five times.

How to Help kids deal with stress in sports (continued)

08-04-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Parents can probably spot the difference between their child's good and bad stress simply by noticing kids' game-time interactions. For example, is your child focused and ready for action or is nervous energy getting the best of him or her? How does your child handle mistakes? Is he or she a good sport or do emotions get out of control? Of course, some of this has to do with your child's personality. Like adults, some kids are naturally able to stay calm under pressure.

Youth Baseball and Softball Safety

07-27-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Sports are a great way for kids to have fun, stay fit, improve skills, and make friends.

But it's not always fun and games out on the field or court. The pressure to succeed can be overwhelming — and that can lead to a lot of frustration and tears.

In some cases, sports pressure is self-inflicted. Some kids are natural perfectionists and are just too hard on themselves when things don't go their way. But more often than not, the pressure is external: Kids try to satisfy the demands of a parent, coach, or other authority figure and end up feeling like winning is the only way to gain the approval of the adults they respect.


Youth Baseball Safety (continued)

07-23-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Pitching, particularly for adolescent arms that are still growing, puts an enormous amount of strain on joints and tendons. Injuries to wrists, elbows, rotator cuffs, ligaments, and tendons can result from excessive pitching but can be largely avoided if players and coaches follow a few simple guidelines:

Youth Baseball and Softball Safety

07-16-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

We at X Bats are great believers and supporters of youth sports. We believe it teaches young people great life lessons with which they can build a foundation for a lifetime of success in any of their endeavors. 

Athletes have unique skill sets developed over their entire lives starting at a very early age.



07-12-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »


  • Spalding's League Ball
  • Spalding's Association Ball
  • Spalding's Boy's League Ball
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, white
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, white

Wood Bat Training Program

07-07-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
X Bats has been making professional grade wood bats for Adult League players to Major Leaguers to Youth League players for over 15 years. One of the challenges that top players face is the transition from metal bats to wood bats. The chief problem is that no matter how light a wood bat is, it can’t feel lighter than a bat with a hollow barrel. The balance point in a solid wood bat is dramatically different than metal and composite bats. 


07-06-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »


A.G. Spalding & Bros. - 1876 - 1978

Factory in Hastings, MI



06-30-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
In 1860 the dimensions agreed upon during the yearly convention were changed and the new playing rules stated that the weight of the ball should be between five and three-fourths ounces and between nine and three-fourths to ten inches in circumference. The ball was still to be made of india-rubber, wrapped in yarn and covered in leather. The leather was still brown and the shade varied depending upon what leather was available to the craftsman. John Van Horn, second baseman for the Baltic Club of New York, in the 1850's, was the leading produce of baseballs in the early 1860's. Van Horn, who was a shoemaker, was located at 33 Second Avenue in New York and used rubber from old shoes to comprise the core of his baseballs. He used between 2 and 2½ ounces of rubber in baseball, which translated in to a "lively" ball and used sheepskin for the cover. He supplied the Knickerbocker Club and has been dubbed the "greatest ball maker of the 19th century."


06-27-2015  |  By: ERIC MIKLICH |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The baseball was a very important part of the development of the early game of baseball. The hand-made baseball allowed their makers to become identified as making a "live," "medium" or "dead" ball and added to the strategy employed by visiting teams. The size and weight of the baseball changed radically in 1857, continued to change in the 1860's and in 1872 became the same as the ball used today.

Irwin`s Gloves

06-19-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »



06-15-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club introduced the first "uniform" on April 24, 1849. The uniforms consisted of long blue woolen trousers, leather belts, white flannel shirts with a full collar and straw hats. At the end of the 1850's, many teams adopted the flannel shirt with the button on shield style, which contained the team's emblem, name or both. The full length "pantaloon" pants were in vogue throughout the 1860s but presented a problem of having players getting their feet caught on the legs of the pants when running. Players used to wrap them tight to their shins and use tape or a small belt to hold them flush. The 1868 Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first team to wear knickers. These "cricket-style" pants were less restrictive, and as a result their stockings or socks were now visible. Their red stockings became their trademark.