Over the nine years that my boys have been playing baseball, we’ve spent at least $3,500 just on bats. JUST ON BATS!!!! There’s a section of our garage where all the old, retired bats hang out, comparing dents and reminiscing about their most memorable hits. Each one of them was expensive and long awaited, part of Christmas, a birthday or several months worth of allowance. It’s mind-boggling that not even a year later, that several hundred dollar investment is cast aside for one of many reasons.
- Kids grow to the next size up.
- They break or lose their pop.
- Bat requirements vary by league and age group.
- And. let’s not forget the whole “gotta have the cool new bat” peer influence component. “Hey Mom, did you see Camden’s SWEET new Mako? Carson’s getting one just like it. And so is Jacob!” Pretty soon the dugout bat rack is awash with orange because none of us wanted our kids to be left out.
Bottom line: High quality bats are important to our players’ success, but they’re expensive and don’t seem to last long enough.
Oscar Llarena, a veteran baseball player and father of two boys himself, has a solution to this dilemma. His startup company, BatClubUSA.com, helps us parents to furnish our players with the bats they need without shelling out hundreds of dollars at a time.
Oscar says that his whole mission for starting Bat Club USA is to make baseball about playing the game again and not about the equipment.
“We want to level the playing field, so that it comes back to the skill a kid has rather than about what kind of bat they’re swinging.”
Amen to That!!!
Using a membership model (think Netflix or Dollar Shave Club), Bat Club USA offers several different monthly member plans based on the number of bats a player expects to need each year. Members can choose from all the same baseball and softball bat brands and models found in retail stores. It’s sort of like leasing a car, but without all the paperwork and legalities.
I recently purchased a Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 -3 BBCOR from a local sporting goods store. It will probably last about six months. With Bat Club USA’s two-bat-per-year membership, I could’ve saved at least $50, and had a brand new bat delivered when the first one lost its pop. If my son decided he wanted to try a different model bat six months later, changing our selection would be no problem.
Another great thing about Bat Club USA is that they take care of any warranty issues that may occur with their bats. No more making copies of receipts, filling out forms on manufacturers’ websites and sitting on hold for half an hour. They do all that for you and send you a new bat in the meantime.
Visit Bat Club USA and see how easy it is to make sure your kid is always swinging a great bat. Enter the code TravelBallMom to receive 10% off the first month.
Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.
WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes.
My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.
My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.
Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.
Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
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