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Equipment used in Wheelchair Softball


Batting "rack" for wheelchair softball
Laven Rack

Metal Batter's Rack used by hitters

Laven Rack - Metal Batter's Rack to steady wheelchair used by hitters


Softballs used for wheelchair softball

Rawlings Debeers’ Softballs – official softball of
The National Wheelchair Softball Association


Official Adult Division Softball


Official Junior Division Softball


Wheelchairs used for wheelchair softball

Custom Sports Wheelchairs
Designed for and built by Champions.


Slow Pitch Bats for 16" softball

Picking The Right Bat For 16" Softball

Summary of
"Picking The Right Bat For 16" Softball
By: S. Brady Phillips

 The choice of bat weight should be based on the size, strength and hitting style of the individual. Stronger individuals can and should handle the heavier bats because they can generate enough speed. Players of a slighter build should go slightly lighter but nobody should use a bat less than 32 oz. In short, you should use the heaviest bat that you can still generate good speed with. In 12" softball you work the bat, in 16" softball make the bat work for you by using its extra mass to drive through the "mushier" ball.
 

Published:  April 2010
 

Bat Alloy Chart - Published 2006

BAT ALLOY CHART
Bats alloys are in order from weakest to strongest starting with the 7046

Alloy

Description

7046

Standard Aluminum performance alloy

7050

performance alloy

CU31

Performance Alloy

C405

Worth’s Original High-Performance Alloy

C555

High Performance

Zirconium

Zirconium Enhanced Aluminum -- Similar to Scandium, increases grain properties for better durability

MG46

Magnesium Enhanced Aluminum -- Lighter and more Flexible

CARBON FIBER

Allows bat walls to be thinner, which decreased weight and increased ball speed, while being protected from dents by a strong shell.

WS23

23% Stronger than CU31 – 2x Scandium Improves bat durability and performance

MG46

2x Scandium Scandium Enhanced Aluminum—Improves bat durability and performance

COMPOSITE

Composite Fiber Material – DRS (Dynamic Response System) Blends multiple components to optimize power, performance, and durability.

WS127

Best 137% Stronger than CU31, Thin Shell, low-temperature usage.

Things to Note:

  • The better the alloy the stronger it is
  • The better the alloy to the larger the sweet spot
  • The better the alloy the greater ball speed off of the bat, or trampoline effect (Dimension Fiberflex 2004, Xred, PST, and Wickeds are some of the top ball speed bats.)
  • It is a good idea not to use the thinner alloy bats in weather below 60 Degrees unless otherwise noted. This will decrease structural integrity and possibly dent your bat.
  • Always follow the care instructions included with your bat
  • Never hit the ball with the bat in the same spot every time, rotate your barrel to increase the life of the bat.
  • Warranties are generally for factory defects and regular impact dents. Not all bats come with a warranty. Blem Bats and older bats usually have no warranty unless otherwise stated.