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Questions and Answers for Rawlings Machine Senior League Baseball Bat: SLMACH
Can you use this bat for a 7U boys Pony team in Texas?
This Rawlings Machine Senior League Baseball Bat (SLMACH) should be approved for his division. Pony baseball will allow you to use big barrel bats that do not exceed 2 5/8" on the barrel diameter. And they shouldn't have a restriction on composite material. However, ruling can vary, so I would absolutely check with a coach or league director if possible.
I have not seen a 2014 version of the Rawlings Machine? Did Rawlings do away with the Machine after 2013? If so, what did they replace it with?
Rawlings did not produce a model that directly replaces the one-piece composite design of this Rawlings Machine Senior League Baseball Bat (SLMACH). For the last two product lines, they have produced a two-piece composite model called the Mach: http://www.justbats.com/products/?s=rawlings+mach+senior.
Why do you need to "break in" a composite bat? And what happens if you do not break it in?
The break in period on composite bats allows the composite fibers to loosen up. If you do not break in the Rawlings Machine (SLMACH) it has a higher chance of breaking.
Any temperature concerns to keep in mind when considering this bat?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine (SLMACH) Senior League is a one-piece composite design and should never be used in temperatures below 55 degrees. Composite bats are more susceptible to cracking when used in colder temperatures.
Can my son use these bats in Pony Bronco division?
Yes. Pony Bronco division allows 2 5/8" models like the 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League.
I am 11 years old, 5'4'', and 104 pounds. I do not own a big barrel. I have the Louisville Slugger Attack 31/21 Little League version. How will the 2 bats relate?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League is a one-piece composite. The Louisville Slugger Attack is a two-piece composite so it will offer more flex. The Attack is available in a youth big barrel.
I am 4' 9" and 85 lbs. I want to get this bat for a few seasons, what size bat should I get?
A 30" bat length is the recommended at your size for the 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League.
How do you break in a composite bat? I want this for my son to use in a week at a tournament? He is 8 years old and 75 pounds. Is a 28" 18 oz. an okay length and weight?
The length and weight sounds great for your son. Follow the link to see how to perfectly break in your bat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiZ3dzChfG0
So this bat is not legal for USSSA play, since it's not stamped BBCOR, right?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League bat features the new USSSA stamp and therefore would be legal for USSSA play.
Is it approved for play in Pony leagues?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League is approved for Pony leagues between the ages of 11 to 18 years of age.
Does this bat have BBCOR approval?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League bat will be USSSA Certified. It will not have the BBCOR .50 stamp on it.
What is the break in period for this bat? Is this bat better than the Easton S3? Thanks
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League requires a break-in period of 150-200 hits soft toss, or off a tee. Remember to rotate the barrel a quarter of an inch to ensure an even break-in of the barrel. The Easton S3 is a one-piece alloy design whereas the Rawlings Machine is a one-piece composite design. Here is a link for further comparison http://www.justbats.com/compare/
I'm looking for a bat that will not crack or dent. That will last more than 2 months. I always buy my son a composite made bat every year. Here lately, every composite bat that we get cracks. So, my question is what makes this one piece bat different from the other bats out there?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: SLMACH Senior League bat would be a great choice. This One-Piece model will feature a Balanced Swing Weight and is designed to increase Swing Speed and Feel. This bat will feature Rawlings new X-Treme Performance Composite. This bat's technology begins with isolating the added weight to a smaller region on the barrel than any other competing bat. This bat's thin walls will result in a bigger more effective sweet spot. This bat will come with a full 12 month manufacturer warranty.
My son is swinging the Rawlings 5150 Exogrid: YB51X2 right now. How close will the swing feel(balance, end load, etc.) be with the Machine?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine will be balanced like the Rawlings 5150 Exogrid. The 2013 Rawlings Machine is a composite bat so it will require a break-in period but will have great pop.
What is better the Rawlings Machine or the 2013 Miken Freak?
The Rawlings Machine and the 2013 Miken NXT Freak are both great fully composite bats with similar pop. Here is a link to further compare both bats. http://www.justbats.com/compare/
what kind of break in period for the rawlings machine bat/ how much hitting before bat has maxium pop in bat ? senior -10. velo went in for warr and out of sstock offered machine, I wasn't thinking of break in period. I've always had alloy hot out of wraper.,
The Machine is a full composite bat that will take around 150-200 hits off a tee or soft toss before it's ready to go.
How does this bat compare to the Rawlings 5150 -10 Senior League SL51A1 Bat? My son plays in a PONY League, he uses a Easton Speed LL Bat 30" 18 oz and an Easton Speed Senior League Bat 29" 19 oz. He loves the balance on both of those bats. Keep in mind he is about 4'9" and weights about 85 to 90 pounds. He is in his first year of Mustang ball.
The 2013 Rawlings Machine and the 5150 are designed different. The 2013 Rawlings Machine is a one-piece composite bat. The 5150 is a one-piece all alloy bat. Both will be stiff and well balanced. The Rawlings Machine will require a break-in period like the Easton Speed.. The 5150 will be game ready.
Was this bat made with the same material as the BBCOR?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine is a one piece composite and the 2013 Rawlings Machine BBCOR is a two-piece bat with a composite handle and alloy barrel. Both use Theâ€¢Precision-Optimized Performance (pop) Technology.
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