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Company Profile
SLAM Sports, LLC is a multi-faceted company dealing exclusively in the business of baseball.  We understand business and baseball, which is the key ingredient to our rapid growth over the past year.  Offering the highest quality of professional wood bats, coupled with unparalleled customer service is what sets us apart from our competitors.

In January 2004, SLAM Baseball, LLC launched ProBaseballTryouts.com to provide pro baseball tryout information to college and amateur players aspiring to play professional baseball.  A year later, ProBaseballTryouts.com has become the premier site for pro baseball tryout information on the Internet.

SLAMBATS.COM is another venture launched by SLAM Baseball, LLC in January 2005.  We began selling wood bats (mostly maple) through ProBaseballTryouts.com in late August of 2004, and due to the overwhelming response by our members and visitors, we launched SLAMBats.com to supply quality rock maple and white ash bats.  Thanks to our customers, we're off to a great start, and are now the premier site for professional wood bats.

Refund Policy
All purchases, with the exception of custom bats, include a 30 day money back guarantee. Unfortunately shipping and handling cannot be refunded. Before making any returns please email us to receive an authorization number. The shipping cost for returned items will be assumed by the customer. Returns will ONLY be accepted in new condition with tags still in place. Any claims for defective merchandise will be handled by the manufacturer themselves. SLAM Sports , LLC is not and will not be held responsible for defective merchandise.

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This policy may be changed at any time without notice.

Shipping Information
All wood bats and other baseball equipment is shipped directly from the manufacturers.  If you order two or more products from different manufacturers, you will receive separate shipments for each item.

All manufacturers have different production times.  Below is an outline of the typical time it takes for bats to ship once you place your order.  Depending on the time of year, bats may ship much sooner than the allocated time.

Brand Required Shipping Time
Akadema 1-2 Weeks
Blast Bats 1-2 Weeks
Brett Bros. 1-2 Weeks
BWP Bats 1-2 Weeks
CTG Bats 1-2 Weeks
D-Bat 1-2 Weeks
MAXBAT 3-4 Weeks
Old Hickory Bat Co. 3-4 Weeks
Phoenix Bats 1-2 Weeks
SLAM Bat 1-2 Weeks
Superior Bat Co. (A Bat) 1-2 Weeks
Viper Bat 1-2 Weeks
X Bat 3-4 Weeks



Wood Bat Materials
By Coach JP @ BaseballTips.com


Most wood bats today are made from Northern White Ash generally harvested in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. It is graded for quality with straight grain being the most important criteria. (Southern Ash grows too quickly and is not as dense). Major League grade is of course, the best and is also in short supply. Most of what you see that's labeled or sold as Pro-Stock or some similar name is actually Minor League wood or a lesser grade and generally is found for around $40. Of course, there are other levels of quality down to the $20 range. They are known by grades called high school; trophy and retail (don't expect to see the grades labeled). Generally, they are not of very good quality and only worth purchasing if money is an issue.


Here is another material that has recently gained some Major League notoriety. They cost a bit more, but when made properly AND from the right material known as Rock or Sugar Maple, it is absolutely worth the extra money simply because it tends to outlast ash bats many times over. So in the long run, because they last longer, they're less expensive.

So why don't all major Leaguers use maple? Actually, as they are becoming better known, more players are now using them. Just like in your own dugout, players will try out each other's new bats. And since they have such good "feel", some players will switch while other players having the superstitions that many ballplayers tend to have, will never change even the color much less the type of bat that they use. Also, since Major leaguers aren't concerned with saving money on bat breakage, economy is not the issue that it is for the rest of us.

Here's a warning when considering a maple bat: Because of it's recent good press, too many new companies have jumped on the bandwagon making bats out of inferior material such as red or silver maple, a soft maple that just won't hold up well enough in my opinion especially keeping in mind that they cost more than ash bats to begin with. So, don't buy unless you are sure you are getting a hard maple bat! (remember the names rock maple and sugar maple.)

It's a great "stick", with some players saying that the ball just jumps off the bat a bit quicker. It doesn't flake (outer layers or pieces that chip off in flakes) like ash either. If there's a downside, it just costs more than many ash bats.


Here's another of the exotic materials that are now on the market. I like the fact that it seems to take a lot of miss-hits without breaking. It has a good sound, doesn't require being taped at the barrel for BP (batting practice) or cage work (batting cage practice) as it just doesn't flake or split easily. Ours even has a fiberglass boa wrap covering the lower 15 inches of the bat to further prevent breakage at the handle.

Wood Bat Knowledge
By Coach JP @ BaseballTips.com

Here's the stuff that too many players and coaches don't know. . .
(but would rather do it the wrong way than admit it!)

Handling and Care

Extreme temperatures are probably not a good idea. Wood bats should be stored in the house and not the garage. Simply store them in the back of your closet to keep them out of the way in the off season.

Breakage and Prevention

The reality of wood bats is that any one of them can be broken. However, with some knowledge and the right bat, they have been known to last a long, long time. The first thing to do to reduce breakage is to understand that the placement of the trademark is not by accident. As no two trees are alike, no two bats are alike either. The trademark is placed on an area which has the greatest possibility of failure. The exact opposing side of the trademark is also a place where bats will more likely to fail too. Take a close look and you will see how the grain runs and why this is true. So the simple rule of prevention here is…Bat with LABEL UP OR LABEL DOWN. While holding a bat with two hands extended across the plate, make sure the label faces up to the sky or down to the ground. Secondly, understand that movement of your hands will always start the swing. (Ok technically, it's the hands and the front knee). With wood, it generally takes a bit more to get the bat through the contact zone, so start your swing earlier (sooner). This is great training for many reasons; one being that you'll be even quicker with your aluminum bat!

Know that around 70% of all bats break when hit off the end of the bat, not off the fists (hands). Your first thoughts might be that this sounds crazy because when the breaks you notice it tends to be near the handle, not the business-end of the bat, right?

But check out this reasoning. . .
Most hitters are right handed. Most pitchers are right handed. Pitchers in the aluminum bat era (since 1972) know that you can't pitch inside and saw off an aluminum bat so they live on the outside corner not having been taught to pitch inside. (I hear guys say that they will come inside, but really, not many do. Who wants to hit the guy and put him on base anyway). Also, what's the second pitch that you see so many guys throw? The hard, hopefully for them, late-breaking curve or maybe the slider. And which direction do these break? Away from the right handed hitter!!! Many of them making contact on the end of the bat. And where does the bat tend to break? Near the thinner part, the handle!

Repairing Broken Bats

I learned this from Dave Cook of Hoosier Bat Company (and NY Yankee scouting fame). In the old days a broken bat was brought back to life with whatever you could find in dad's toolbox. A combination of nails, screws, electrical tape is all that it took. Of course, some breaks being worse than others. You tried to make it last the best you could.

Well, now that you are player-enough to understand the value of hitting with wood, lets see if you to can learn the value of fixing rather than throwing away (and coughing up another $49) and replacing your wood bat.

First, you place one hand on either side of the break and over the corner of a work table, attempting to open the wound. If it's a small or hairline fracture you can try to enlarge the wounded area by sliding the side of a knife down into the affected area.- BE CAREFUL AND DON'T FORCE THE SHARP KNIFE!)

Now that you have enlarged and opened the area, fill the crack by squeezing some Elmer's woodworking glue or something similar (even the plain old Elmer's glue if that's all you've got).

Clamp it with whatever you've got handy. A wood worker's vice would be best but whatever kind of clamp or vice you have will do.

Let it completely dry, then take it out to hit.

Note: Now that you know to hit with either "label up or label down", you may want to change the label direction that you normally hit with so if you hit label-up, try it label-down. Good luck… and quit swinging at balls that are too far inside or outside!

Why Hit With Wood…
when the rest of the world seems to hit with aluminum?

By Coach JP @ BaseballTips.com

Wood Bats Correctly Teach the Strike Zone

When you hit an outside pitch with an aluminum bat, you can very well hit it beyond an infielder even though you swung at a bad pitch. On an inside pitch, you can manage a flare-single over the 2nd baseman's head. With wood you learn the strike zone and which pitches you should lay-off.

In the old days (before 1972) every bat you bought was wood and you sure didn't want to break the only bat you owned, so you learned to lay off bad pitches (Not to mention the "bees" you felt in your hands when you swung at bad pitches on cold spring days)!

Maybe you will now begin to learn the strike zone and the value of pitch selection. You just might gain one more weapon in learning to become a better hitter! Remember, if you learn these great lessons by hitting with wood, think about what a powerful and smart hitter you can become when swinging with aluminum!

A wood bat will train you to hit with good mechanics and will tell you right away when you are dragging it through the zone with incorrect mechanics. The sweet spot is a bit smaller and the barrel diameters tend to be smaller as well, so to be successful you start the hands early, select good pitches to hit and accelerate right through the ball with a flat, level swing. It just won't let the bad swings turn into cheap hits.

Why Some Players Struggle With Wood

We covered many of the reasons in the paragraph you just read, but the bottom line is that the sooner you begin training with wood, the sooner you get over whatever it is that makes some good hitters struggle. Keep in mind that I am not limiting this potential problem to youth league and high school players.

The rookie leagues are littered with 1st year pro players who have been extremely successful in high school and the college ranks but 30 days into camp are ready to jump off buildings because of the wood bat transition (relax…it's just an exaggeration).

But it doesn't necessarily have to be this way.
You start now, training with a wood bat, not then. You start your swing with what the scouts call live-hands and avoid what they call appropriately enough, dead hands You learn the strike zone; I mean really focus on good pitches You aim at the art of perfecting the flat swing. Not sure how? Check out Coach Rob Ellis's Complete Video Series or even begin with reading his article found on this website entitled, "The Lost Secrets of Hitting".


The earlier a player begins training with wood, the better hitter he will become. Likewise, the more he trains with wood the better hitter he will become. You can cheat with aluminum. Instead of breaking the bat of a hitter who swings at an inside pitch; the aluminum hitter gets a flare just over the 4 or 6 guy's head (2B or SS). Outside pitches end up grounders which split the infielders for cheap singles.

Baseball in general is not rocket science but is rather the dogged pursuit of learning the correct mechanics and then duplicating them hundreds and then thousands of times…correctly. This fact alone may be the biggest reason why so many of the best Little League age players that you know did not turn out to be the best players as they got older.

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