Questions and Answers for 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League
Do you need to break this bat in?
Yes, the composite in the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat will need to be broken in. On average about 150-200 soft toss hits should do it. I recommend giving the bat a 1/4 turn rotation every couple of hits to promote even break in.
Why has this bat been discontinued? Is it defective, or prone to breaking or chipping so much that it has to be returned often?
COMbat has not announced their reason for discontinuing the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat. They did release the 2013 COMbat B4 Portent: B4SL1 Senior League bat, which is very comparable to the B3 and may be part of the reason for discontinuing that bat.
When will you have the 31" bat in stock?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League is discontinued. We will not be receiving more inventory.
Can this bat be used with hard balls or is it for soft strike balls in Coach Pitch ?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League is for kid's pitch. Senior League bats are for live pitching. Junior Big Barrel bats will be for Coach Pitch.
How end loaded is this bat?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 is a balanced bat.
Do you have a COMbat B3 in a 30" 22 oz. model?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 Senior League bat is a -12 length to weight ratio, therefore a 30" model would be 18 oz.
My son is 6 and 45 lbs and is playing in the Little League pitching machine league. Is the Combat B3 legal? And what size a 26 or 27 inch? Would you recommend the B3 or 27 inch Pure Gear?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League is not legal in Little League. A 2 1/4" barrel is required for Little League play. The B3 is not available in a small barrel bat. We recommend a 27" COMbat Pure Gear: PUREYB1.
I cannot find this bat in a 31" 19 oz. but another player on my son's team has it in a 31" 19 oz?
We are currently out of stock in the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat in a 31" 19 oz. model. They will be listed as an option when they do come back in stock.
My 7 year old (57 lbs. and 51" tall) uses a 2 1/4" barrel and a 28" 15 oz. currently. His coach said that his swing is well controlled and that he can use a big barrel. Will the 27" 15 oz. be the correct size for him? Also, out of your 3 choices, will the B3 the best one?
Yes, 28" is the correct recommended size for him. The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat is a great option. I think you would be very happy with it.
MY SON IS 4'4 AND 70 POUNDS WHICH BAT WOULD U RECOMMEND FOR HIM THE B3 DROP 12 OR THE B4 PORTENT?
I love the 2013 COMbat B3 -12 is a great bat. I love it and at his height and weight this bat would be perfect for him to add bat speed.
Which is a more balanced big barrel bat, the new 2013 Combat B3, or the 2013 TPX Catalyst?
The Catalyst will be just a little more evenly balanced with a lighter swing weight compared to the Combat B3.
Also, which bat has the largest sweet spot/barrel length, the B3 or B4?
Both the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League and the 2013 COMbat B4 Portent will have similar sweet spots. The B4 wll be more balanced than the B3.
Younger son following big bro into travel ball and wants a COMbat. Looking for a big barrel. 9U, swings a 29/16 Omaha now. Avg. size for age. Which one do you recommend?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League would be a good option for your son, as the -12 is going to be the closest to the -13 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha that he is swinging now. The other COMbat options in the Youth Big Barrel: B4 Portent: B4SL1 and Pure: PURESL1 are both going to be -10.
Is this a coach pitch bat or can it be used with real baseballs...?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 is designed for use with real baseballs in kid pitch. If you need a bat for coach pitch, you need to look in the Coach Pitch or Junior Big Barrel section.
Is this bat legal in PONY?
If you are old enough to use the 2 5/8 barrel, then the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League is legal for PONY league play.
Besides being a -12 compared to a -10, what is the difference between the 2012 B3 and the 2013 B3?
The length to weight ratio and color of the bats are the only differences.
Is there any difference between this bat and the 2013 Combat B4 other then the drop weight ratio? Is one better then the other?
The COMbat B4 Portent is more balanced than the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1. Both use the same high quality composite material.
Is this bat legal for Little league Junior division?
According to the Little League International website all composite-barreled baseball bats in this division, regardless of barrel size, must meet BBCOR (Batted Ball Co-Efficient of Restitution) standards, and must be so labeled. So, unfortunately this bat would not meet the standards for Junior League baseball.
Would this be appropriate for an 8yr old who's a good hitter?
Yes. The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat would be a good choice for an 8 year old who is a good hitter.
When the paint chips, is it bad for the bat?
Paint chips on the bat does not effect performance of the bat.
Is this bat recommended for 9U players?
Yes. With a -12 length to weight ratio, the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 is a great option for players in that age group.
Any difference/improvement between the 2012 and 2013 model?
The 2013 COMbat B3 uses the same technology as the 2012 model. The only difference is it is a -12 drop.
Does it say Coach Pitch anywhere on the bat?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat does not say Coach Pitch anywhere on the bat. This bat is a one-piece fully composite design with a 2 5/8" barrel. It also features the Extra Long Barrel design to extend its hitting surface.
What is the minimum temperature this bat should be used in?
We recommend not using a composite bat below 45 degrees.
After a very short time (5 games total), a lot of paint has chipped off of the bat. In many places, you can see the underlying material. According to USSSA rules, the bat is no longer usable, and it was removed from our dugout by an umpire last game. Will the manufacturer replace it because of this? We only had the bat for about 2 and 1/2 weeks.
Yes. Your bat is eligible for a warranty replacement from Combat. Their phone number is 1-866-266-2287.
Have seen these online with white handle also, is there a difference in these bats?
Unfortunately, we've never carried the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 bat with a white handle. We would be unable to attest to any differences, but if the other bat you seen has the same model number and length to weight ratio, I assume both are the exact same.
Are you allowed to use this in Little League?
The 2013 COMbat B3 is not legal in Little League.
I got a 28" 18oz. my dad said is too heavy. Would this be a good bat for me?
Yes, the 2013 COMbat B3 would be 16oz. if you got the 28", which would be two ounces lighter than the bat you currently use.
My son just moved up to a 29" 19 oz. Senior League bat and we think it is a little too heavy as his swing has slowed. We are trying to choose between the Combat B3 -12 and the Louisville Slugger SL12T Triton II Senior League Bat -12 29" 17 oz. Do you have opinion on which is better?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Triton II and the COMbat B3 will be very similar as far as performance and swing goes. They are both one-piece bats that are fully composite and both have a ton of pop. You really can't go wrong either one.
What is the diffence with the combat b3 with the white handle and the one with the black handle?
The Combat B3 with the white handle is an Adult BBCOR model. The Combat B3 with the black handle is a Youth Big Barrel bat.
Does a drop 12 have a smaller sweet spot and other performance negatives compared to a drop 10 or drop 8?
No, they will not have a smaller sweet spot. The thing to keep in mind about bats with a -12 length to weight ratio is if they are too light then there wont be much mass behind the ball at contact and you may not get much pop off the bat.
Does this bat come in a 30" 18oz.?
Yes the 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 is manufactured in a 30" 18oz. We do not currently have them in stock but we will be getting them in soon.
Does the COMbat B3 have a long barrel?
The 2013 COMbat B3 has an extended barrel.
How does this bat's pop compare to the Easton S1?
The 2013 COMbat B3 and the Easton S1 both have composite barrels, for great pop. However, the COMbat B3 will be stiffer, better for a power hitter.
is this bat allowed in pony baseball?
Yes. The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat is approved for Pony.
Does the bat have the "approved for play in Pony Baseball" stamp?
No. The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat does not have "approved for play in Pony baseball" stamped on the barrel.
Does it come in a different color? I've heard that COMbat has a bat called Bubba. Is this true and is this bat the best youth-12 bat you make, or is the B3 the prefect youth bat?
There is a new bat made from COMbat called the Bubba. However, it is specific to one company. Please contact COMbat at 1-866-266-2287 for further information. If you are searching for one of the best -12 Senior League bats, the 2013 COMbat B3 is an excellent choice.
Is this bat legal in nations baseball play and in usssa tournaments reason i ask is because i heard no more than a -10 bat?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat is legal for USSSA play. It depends on what age division you are in for Nations. Here is a link to their rules: http://www.nations-baseball.com/documents/Nation%20Baseball%20Rules.pdf
Is there going to be a new combat for 2013?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League bat is a 2013 model. Combat won't make a replacement for the 2013 model until next year.
Can this bat be used in little league? My son is 7 on a select baseball team.
Little League requires the use of a 2 1/4 inch barrel. The B3SL1 -12 has a 2 5/8 inch barrel which exceeds 2 1/4 inches. So the B3SL1 is not legal for play in Little League.
Is the 2013 Combat B3: B3SL -12 ok for play in little league?
The 2013 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -12 Senior League has a 2 5/8 inch barrel so it is NOT approved for play in little league. Little league bats must have a 2 1/4 inch barrel. For little league approved bats go to http://www.justbats.com/products/baseball%20bats~youth/
Is this bat able too be used in 11 year old travel ball as well as tournaments?
The 2013 COMbat B3 features the new USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp. It will be legal for USSSA play. Check with your coach or league director to be for sure that this bat is legal in your league.
I see a question on 8yr. old machine and coach pitch, but what about kid pitch - is this a good bat for that as well?
Yes, the 2013 COMbat B3 can be used in kid pitch as well.
Do they make this in a 31/19?
No. A 30" 18oz model is the larges size the B3SL1 is produced in.
Is this bat approved for Pony baseball?
Yes, the 2013 COMbat B3 is approved for Pony baseball.
Will this bat work good for 8U machine pitch or is this for coach pitch?
The 2013 COMbat B3 can be used for coach pitch or machine pitch.
Is this a big barrel?
Yes, the 2013 COMbat B3 has a 2 5/8 inch barrel.
Is this the only color for this bat?
Yes. The -12 B3 only comes in the color shown on the website.
What do they consider "break-in period"? My boy is 9.
We recommend taking between 150-200 hits either off a tee or soft toss. You will also need to make sure you rotate the barrel in between each hit and use the same balls you would normally use in a game.
Does this bat have a break-in period?
Since the 2013 COMbat B3 is a full composite bat, it will require a break-in. Alloy barrel bats are those that will not require a break-in.
Can this bat be used in batting cages?
As long as you use real baseballs in the cage you can use the B3. I just recommend you try to limit how much it is used in the cages though.
Is this made in a 32/20 or 31/19?
The 2013 COMbat B3 is only available in a 30' 18oz. We do have a 2012 COMbat B3: B3SL1 -10 Senior League in a 31" 21oz or a 32" 22oz.
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