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Questions and Answers for Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League
Is this bat approved for Babe Ruth League?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is not approved for any division of Babe Ruth baseball. It has a 2 5/8" barrel diameter, which is allowed in the 13-15 year old division, but all bats with composite barrels must be BBCOR certified in that division.
Can you tell me what the difference is between a one- piece bat and two-piece bat? Is that referring to a full composite vs. partial composite?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is a one-piece fully composite bat. A two-piece bat can either be a two-piece fully composite bat or have a composite handle and an alloy barrel.
Will I be able to use this bat in 2014?
Yes. The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 has the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp which is good for 2014.
Why was this bat discontinued?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 was replaced by the Louisville Slugger Attack which is a two-piece bat.
Are you allowed to use this bat in the Pony League, or 13 - 14?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League will be a -12 sized bat. This is more suited for a hitter at a much younger age. At 13 and 14 years old the hitter should be swinging a -5 Senior League, to a -3 BBCOR Certified bat.
Is this BBCOR certified? Does have to be for 13-14 year olds?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is a -12 size bat. It would be made for the much younger hitters. At age 13 and 14 a -5 Senior League bat or a -3 BBCOR bat would be recommended.
Since you no longer carry this bat in a size 27/15 could you tell me if a new version will be coming out or what would be a comparable bat to this in a 27/15 size? My son uses this bat from a friend and loves it but I can't find it in that size right now anywhere. Thanks!
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League has been discontinued and they no longer produce the item. The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL13C Senior League will be the most similar model.
Could you use it in an USSSA tournament in 2013?
Yes,the Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is USSSA approved for 2013.
Yes,the Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is USSSA approved for 2013.
Is this a softball bat?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is a senior league baseball bat.
Is the -3 model of this bat discontinued?
Yes, the Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League has been discontinued.
Is this bat good for a 13 year old?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League would be perfect for a 13 year old contact hitter.
My son has been borrowing his teammate's Z-1000 28/16, but we would like to purchase one for him to have. I see from your website, that you do not carry that size. He is 8 yrs old, about 4 feet tall and 54 pounds. Is there another comparable bat that you could recommend?
The most comparable bat we have to the Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z is the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL13C. The Catalyst is in stock in a 28" 16 oz. model.
Does this bat have a bigger sweet spot then 2013 Easton S2 -10 senior league bat. My son 12 years old, a good contact hitter and is looking for some more pop. What bat do you recommend of all the you sell. He uses a 30" 20 oz.
I would suggest the Easton S2. It is a two-piece bat which will add flex to his swing and will add bat speed which will add more power.
My son is a 13 year old who hits for power and is looking for a -5 2 5/8" barrel bat. Can you suggest the correct bat for this? He prefers Easton.
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is too light for your son at a -12. We recommend the Easton XL-Series which is an end loaded bat preferred by power hitters. The 2013 Easton XL1: SL13X15 Senior League, which is a two-piece composite, and the 2013 Easton XL3: SL13X35 Senior League, which is a one-piece full alloy, would be great options.
My son is 7 1/2 years old. He is a contact hitter that plays travel and rec. ball. Which is better the Louisville Slugger TPX Z1000 or Easton S2?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League bat will be a one-piece, fully composite bat. It will have a stiffer feel that power hitter's usually like more. I would have him stick with the S2. It will be very balanced and easy to swing. The two-piece design will only help the amount of vibration felt and his swing speed.
Is this bat appropriate for a machine pitch leagues? How about for use in a batting cage? I've heard some bats are not appropriate for machine pitch or batting cage use but I'm not sure how to identify them.
All bats that say senior league can be used in Machine Pitch Leagues and up to kid pitch. If it says junior big barrel it will be for coach's pitch.
Why do we feel this bat is not legal in PONY? The PONY rules are convoluted. But I'm looking at this link and if I read thru to the bottom of the PONY section, there are clarifications that seem to suggest this bat is legal in PONY. Please advise. I am by no means a bat expert but the -12 specs on this big barrel bat is what I'm looking for. http://www.thebaseballbat.com/2012-bat-rules.html
From what I gather 2 3/4" barrels are illegal. 2 5/8" barrel are o.k. Since it has the bpf 1.15 stamp and is not 2 3/4" barrel it should be good to go. Never a bad idea to ask a league official or coach.
Is this bat legal for a 12 year old in Cal Ripken?
No, the Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 would not be legal in Cal Ripken Leagues. Any composite bat has to be .50 BBCOR stamped and they come in a -3. This bat has a -12 weight to length ratio. A bat to suggest that would be legal is the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha: SL136 Senior League. It is a similar swinging bat but is a one-piece alloy which is certainly legal for Cal Ripken play.
Ok, you guys need to figure this out. Is this bat legal for Pony or not. As I ready 2013 Pony, section 8, it says (C) that bats can be no larger than 2 5/8", then it refers specifically to (C)(2) bats that are -3 as needing to be BBCOR.
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z is legal in Pony League.
What would be a better choice for Pony League, this bat or the Louisville Slugger TPX EXOGRID 2?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 is legal for play in Pony League Baseball.
Is this bat legal for Pony in the 2013 season?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 is legal for play in Pony League.
Trying to determine if this would be a good bat for my 7 year old son. He's 50" tall and 50 lbs, definitely not a power hitter. First year in coach pitch, and also want to make sure this is legal for Pony League.
Under Pony rules; "Only 2-1/4â€ barrel non-wood bats which are manufactured to achieve a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 or less through the life of the bat are approved for play in PONY Baseball divisions." Thus, the Louisville Slugger SL12Z would not work for your son as it is illegal in PONY.
Is this a 100% composite bat?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z is a one-piece composite bat.
The Z-100 and Triton II are my interested bats. I called Louisville Slugger and they said the Z-100 had a better grade of composite. Do you know if that tests as true?
Yes, the Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League uses higher grade composite materials for better performance and durability.
Half of the reviews say "Great Pop", half of the reviews say "No Pop"...which is it honestly! Some say it needs break-in, some say not, which is it? If it does need break-in, what is the best method recommended for this particular model? Also, is this a "true" 18oz. bat when weighed out of the wrapper? Thanks in advance!
Louisville Slugger claims the Z-1000 does not require a break-in period. However, we recommend all composite bats be broken in. Proper break-in requires 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss. Rotate the barrel 1/4 inch every swing. We also recommend not to use composite bats in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls.
What is the difference between this bat and the Louisville Slugger TPX Triton II? Both are composite, big barrel with a -12 drop and are the same price.
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 and the TPX Triton II are both very similar bats. The main difference between these two is fact that they are made out of different composite materials.
Why does the break in on these bats need to be off a T or soft toss opposed to being pitched?
Because it's low impact, tee or soft toss work will gradually break-in the composite material, and put much less stress on the bat once you take it out of the wrapper. The composite in the bat will be fairly stiff to start with and if you face live pitching before a break-in period, the chances of the composite cracking will increase during the bat's first few uses. The Z-1000 won't require a full break-in period though, as it features a technology from Louisville that allows it to perform at it's best from day one.
Does the TPX Z-1000 need to be broke in ?
Yes. The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 is a one-piece composite bat and needs to be broken in. We recommend 150-200 swings off a tee or soft toss with real baseballs, rotating the bat 1/4" after each swing.
My son plays 7U, he's 42" and about 46lbs. How does the Z-1000 compare to the Easton S1 JBB11S1 given the big price difference?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000: SL12Z Senior League is a youth big barrel bat designed to withstand kid pitch leagues with older players. The Easton S1 JBB11S1 is a coach pitch bat, that is only designed for coach pitch leagues with younger players and will not stand up against higher velocity pitches.
Trying to decide between the z1000 and the triton ii for our 8 year old. He is small framed- 46", 49 lbs. What's the difference in the two bats? Reviews seem very similar. How do we decide which to buy?
Other than some minor differences in composite material both the Louisville Slugger Z1000 and the Louisville Slugger Triton will be fairly similar. Both bats will provide a balanced swing weight and will require a break in period. You really cannot go wrong with either one!
My son has the SL12Z 28/16 I can not find this bat on the USSSA list of legal bats? Is it legal?
This bat is legal for USSSA. The Z-1000 SL12Z features the new USSSA stamp on the taper that many leagues now require.
I am considering the Z-1000 for my son who is 160 lbs., 5' 5", and will be 12 in May. i'm looking at the 31" -8. Is this a good size?
Based on your son's height and weight either a 31 or 32 inch would be great for him. If you need any further assistance in selecting the right size for your son, feel free to use our bat coach feature located at the top of the webpage or give us a call at 1-866-321-2287!
My son is on a 8yr old tournament team and is 4'4" and 69lbs. He has a little less bat speed than I would like but is a solid contact hitter. I bought the z-1000 27/15 to help increase his bat speed. Was this a good choice for him?
The SL12Z is an excellent choice for a player that needs to improve their bat speed.
My son is on a travel team this year and needs a bat. I am looking At the Louisville Slugger TPX T-1000 and need to know the size that is recommended. He is 3 months away from being 10 years old, weighs 95 lbs. and is 4'10" tall. Please advise. Thank you.
A good length for that size of player will be a 30"-31" bat. A longer size will give him room to grow into the bat, lasting him longer. You may also want to try our Bat Coach listed above. This tool will be very helpful.
Can a bat be to light to swing?
This really depends on the player. Younger players that need quicker bat speed use lighter bats like the Z-1000 -12. Older players normally have quicker bat speed and move up to a -10 or -8.
I have had problems getting bats approved for my league. Is this bat Pony Baseball Approved?
This Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 will be approved for Pony Baseball because it has a 2 5/8 barrel non-wood baseball bat.
my son is 9 yrs old, 52 inches and 60 lbs. used a 29/15.5 Williamsport bat last spring and fall. Playing travel this year and looking at the big barrel z-100 and Triton II , -12 drop bats. I have 2 Questions: 1)Would you suggest the 29/17? and 2)which if these have a lower MOI, which i believe determines if its a more balanced swing or more end loaded? Im assuming for his small size, the more balanced and less end loaded the better for him. Thank you
Both bats are going to be well balanced. The Z-1000 used top of line technology for a low MOI and maximum performance. Based his height and weight I would recommend the 29/17.
does this bat have a stiff handle?
One piece bats tend to have stiffer handles than two piece bats. However, it is composite so it will have more flex than a one piece alloy bat.
Which would you choose for an 11 year old 4'10 90lbs CF5 or TPXZ1000,
Either one will be good. These bats have composite barrels and will have good pop. This will be more on what you like the best.
Which would you choose for an 11 year old contact hitter 4'10 90lbs who previously used a 30/20 Easton SV12 a CF5, Combat B3, or the Z1000? He tends to have a lazy swing at times.
These are very good bats, either one of these will be good options. These bats have good pop and large sweet spots. This will be more of a personal preference.
Is there a noticeable difference in pop between this bat and the 2 5/8 -12 triton? Which bat Has a bigger sweet spot?
The Z-1000 has a largeer sweet spot and more pop than the Triton. Both bats are 100% composite and will have good pop.
I really don't know what to buy. Should I buy the TPX Z-1000 or the EASTON S1 bat? Both are composite, which should I buy?
They both are great bats. It would come down to if you wanted a lighter drop as in the Z-1000 or settle in with a -10 drop that would be the S1.
is the 27-15 available in this model
We will only show the sizes we have available.
Is this bat legal in the typical Nations and USSSA tournaments? I know it meets the base Nations Rules. But I think many tournaments add stricter rules sticking with a -10 drop for big barrels.
This bat is legal for play in USSSA sponsored tournaments, but you will want to check with your coach or league official.
My son just turned 8 and is able to swing the Combat 28 18 oz -10. Will the -12 in the Z1000 make that much of a difference. Which do you consider a better bat, the Combat B3 or the Z1000?
The -12 Z1000 is going to be 2oz. lighter than the -10 COMBAT, it might help him with a quick swing speed. If he is not having problem with swing speed, then I would go with the COMBAT B3
Aside from the Easton Omen being a 2 Piece and the the SlZ1000 a 1 piece composite if you had to choose, which one would you say is the better of the two bats. why? THANKS
It's really hard to answer that question because each bat offers something for a different type of batter. Power hitters prefer 1 piece bats and contact hitters tend to like 2 piece.
IS THIS BAT LEGAL TO USE IN USSSA TOURNAMENTS IN THE 12U DIVISION?
Yes, this bat does have the required USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp on it, so it is legal.
What are the significant differences between the SL12T and the SL12Z?
Predominantly, the difference is the type of composite material used.
I know you said the bat was PONY approved, but PONY is requiring a "approved for PONY" stamp besides the BPF 1.15 stamp. Does this bat have that PONY stamp?
We contacted the rep of Pony League and the info given to us says, Any 2 1/4" "non wood" bat that is marked with the 1.15 BPF and stamped Approved by PONY league, is allowed, but on the big barrel, the 2 5/8" barrel it says "Any 2 5/8" barrel non wood bat bearing the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp (that is not a -3) can be used at any level."
Is this bat approved for play in Pony Baseball for 2012 ?
Yes, this is pony approved for 2012
My son is 5-feet, 70 pounds. Lightweight contact hitter. Loves the idea of the Easton S1 -10 bat, in part because it is advertised with vibration reduction. I think he needs a -11 or -12, at least in the big barrel that he wants. So between this TPX Z1000, TPX Triton II SL12T and the TPX Catalyst SL12C, which has the best: Pop? Durability? Vibration reduction? Cold weather performance?
Of the ones you listed, my choice would be the z-1000, awesome pop, great balance, durable with reasonable care. As to the cold weather thing, I always recommend a cheaper alloy bat for cold weather and batting practices, saves the wear and tear on your good bat.
i cant seem to find any customers reviews and or videos of this SL12Z senior bats, why is that? i want to hear from people who bought this bat before i buy it?
This is a very good bat with tons of pop. The composite material in the bat will give the player more power and better offense. This bat has a balanced weight and will be Louisville Sluggers top of the line bat.
looking at 3 bats Z-1000,Vecter & Lithium Edge for 11yr old 5'3" 120lb which bat gives the edge to a big boy
I'd go with the Z1000 in that match up.
Does the 29" have the bpf and USSSA approval stamp? I had heard only the 30" and above received it.
Yes, this bat has a USSSA stamp on it in all sizes
Son used Prodigy 27/17 as 8 year old in coach pitch. 28/16 or 29/17 for now 9 year old 50" tall and 60 pds?
Based on his height and weight I would suggest the 29/17.
Is this bat single- or multi-wall?
It is single wall, but it does have inner discs in the barrel to ensure the walls of the barrel only flex to certain point in order to meet the set performance levels over the entire lifespan of the bat.
Extremely interested in the bat, but cannot find a place to try it out at in Indianapolis. Any suggestions of dealer location in the area that is connected with you?
Well, JustBats.com is an online retailer and we do not have any store fronts. A few places that come to mind though are Arena Sporting Goods, Extra Innings, Kessler's and Dick's Sporting Goods.
does the drop 8 z1000 have more pop than drop twelve
No they are going to have the same amount of pop
Forgot to ask- what size would you recommend? 30-18 or 29-17?
It really just goes down to what he used previously, I would not go up more than an inch and an ouch in comparison to his previous bat
My son is a small statured 12 year-old, 4'6" and 72 lbs, plays on the top level team in our area, good contact hitter but needs more pop to help the team. Is this a good choice? What other bats would you consider?
Yes, this bat is a good choice. You could also look at an exogrid or a omaha if you like the feel of Louisville Slugger bats
is there a drop 10 z1000
No. the Z-1000 comes in a -3, -8, or a -12.
if i am 10 about to turn 11 should i get -8 or -10
That will be a personal preference. Most choose a -10 but again that will depend on what you feel comfortable with.
in your opinion does the z100 or the vertex have more pop
They both are going to be great bats with a lot of pop! But, I would give a slight edge to the Z-1000 because it has a composite barrel and composite barrels tend to outperform alloy barrels.
Which 2012 28(-12) all composite bat is more balanced? the LS Z1000 big barrel, the LS Triton big barrel, or the Easton S1 2.25. Also, is it true the LS Z1000 does not require a break-in period, i.e., it is game ready? Thanks.
The Z1000 does not require a break in. And of those listed, I would choose the Z1000. It has a very nice balance. Or the Easton S1.
slugger.com has this bat as 25/8" barrel you have it as 2 3/4". which one is it?
This is a 2 5/8" barrel, if you look under the features it will show that.
Do you forsee any other 27/15 bats hitting the market?
I've not heard of any coming out, any time soon.
I like the fact this bat is -12 â€œdropâ€ for my 9 year old son. I was going to purchase the -9 TPX Exogrid (before seeing this bat), but I was concerned about the heavier weight. My question is: Weight aside, which bat is better?
The Z-1000 will be the better bat here. This bat will have very good pop and a nice size sweet spot.
Is this the only youth or senior big barrel with a -12 or are there any on the horizon you know of? I have a small 8 year old who plays up a year in kid pitch.
There is one other bat in a -12. It is the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Triton II: SL12T Senior League
If I had $250-$300 burning a hole in my pocket, which SR league bat has the most pop: Stamped Omen, new Easton S1 or new Louisville Z100? Thanks!
Both bats will be good options. This is more of a personal preference. These 3 bats are composite bats with good pop and nice size sweet spots.
The Louisville Slugger website says that this is a 2 5/8" bat... your website says 2 3/4"... is your 2 3/4" clain incorrect?
It is a 2 5/8 inch barrel. We have corrected the website.
Besides barrel size, how does this compare to the Triton II? Which in your opinion has more pop?
The Triton II and the Z-1000 are very comparable models. They both have a lot of pop, the Z-1000 is suppose to have slightly more pop than the Triton II
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