Questions and Answers for 2014 Easton XL3: JBB14X3 Junior Big Barrel
My 5 yr old son will be playing coach pitch for the first time. He just finished tee ball for the first time and used a 24 inch Easton MAKO. Is this bat good for him for coach pitch or do you recommend another one? He is 48 inches tall and 50 pounds. Also, do you recommend a 26 inch or 27 inch bat for him?
The 2014 Easton XL3 (JBB14X3) is a -10 and could be too heavy for a five year old. We recommend using a -12 bat such as the 2014 Easton MAKO (JBB14MK). Based on his height and weight we recommend a 26" 14 oz.
How can you tell the difference between the 2013 and the 2014? I'm not sure which one I have.
The 2014 Easton XL3: (JBB14X3) Junior Big Barrel bat features a slightly different color scheme and design than the 2013 model. But each model will also have its unique product code printed on the barrel. If your bat show "JBB14X3" on the barrel, it is this 2014 model.
My son is playing 8U machine pitch ball. Would this be good for that type of baseball and if not what would be?
The 2014 Easton XL3 (JBB14X3) is designed for use in coach pitch only. We recommend the 2014 Easton S3 (SL14S310B) to use in machine or kid pitch.
The XL3 description states recommended for 8 and under. Is the bat labeled "Coach Pitch"? Our league rule is that "bats labeled â€œCoach Pitchâ€ may only be used in 7U and 8U Coach Pitch". My kid going to play 9U, but the coach recommended this bat.
This 2014 Easton XL3: (JBB14X3) Junior Big Barrel bat does not have "Coach Pitch" listed anywhere on the barrel. It does have "Recommended for Use By Players Age 8 and Under" and "Junior Big Barrel" written on the barrel. These Junior Big Barrel models are designed with thinner barrel walls, so you may experience issues with durability if the pitch speeds reach about 40 mph.
Other than the extended barrel of the XL3, how does this vary from the S3?
Given the extended barrel design of the 2014 Easton XL3 (JBB14X3), this bat will have an end loaded, or end heavy, feel and swing weight. The Easton S3 has a balanced, or even, feel and swing weight. Junior Big Barrel bats are recommended for Coach/Machine Pitch play only.
My son is 10 years old and weighs 53 lbs. Is the 28'18" a good size for him?
Based on his age and weight, we recommend a 29" 2014 Easton XL3 (JBB14X3). For more information regarding sizing, feel free to visit our Bat Coach: http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Do you offer Easton XL3 in a 2 5/8 barrel size?
The 2014 Easton XL3 is offered in a 2 5/8'' barrel, but not as a Junior Big Barrel or Tee Ball bat. The 2 5/8'' barrel is featured on the Senior League and Adult versions. The Senior League is available in a -5 and -8.
My 8 year old son is 47 inches tall and weighs 52 pounds. He is currently using a 26 inch. Does he fall into the 27 inch range yet?
Based on his height and weight we recommend a 27" 2014 Easton XL3 (JBB14X3).
Is the bat accepted by USSSA ?
Yes, the 2014 Easton XL3: JBB14X3 Junior Big Barrel is USSSA approved.
My son is 8 1/2 about 4' 3" and weighs about 68 lbs. I am not sure if this bat is about the average size?
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 28" model in the 2014 Easton XL3: JBB14X3 Junior Big Barrel. Junior Big Barrel bats are best used for coach pitch and tee ball.
How does this bat compare to the 2012 version and the 2014 S3? We are currently using the 2012 version. What is the better choice between the 2014 XL3 and S3?
The 2014 Easton XL3: JBB14X3 Junior Big Barrel has an extended barrel, which may make it feel slightly heavier than the Easton S3. Both bats are one-piece alloy bats and will otherwise be comparable.
What is difference in last year's model and this year's?
2014 Easton XL3: JBB14X3 Junior Big Barrel and the 2013 XL3 both feature the same THT100 scandium alloy design. The 2014 model has updated graphics, and minor tweaks to the structure to improve durability and performance.
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