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UpperCut 300pt Wood Bat Thank you

Thank you Uppercut Bat Company for all the hard work this past weekend!

 

www.uppercutbats.com

Wood Bats are provided by Uppercut

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Tournament Director:

 Dee Black 256-710-2388

dee@alabamausssa.org

 

Schedules normally posted on Tuesday night 9pm 

Check back for any changes Thursday night 9PM

Baseball Schedule

 

Coaches Info: 1)    3 Free Coaches Passes only. All 3 Coaches must sign in at the gate and leave one phone #. 2)    Pick up baseballs, copy of team insurance, in the 2nd floor tower 30 minutes before first game. 3)    Game and Travel Request need to be emailed to me on Monday please! Team Info: 1) ZERO tolerance on arguing judgment calls at USSSA events. Ejection Policy is that game + one more. 2) All times are central time zone!

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Thank you Brian Boatner and Uppercut Bat Company for a great weekend in Montgomery and Gulfport Miss. Dee Black

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Ever since the game of baseball was invented, players have needed two essential pieces of equipment: a ball and a bat.

It’s the former that one Northeast Mississippi company is making a name for itself.

The Uppercut Bat Co. is less than two years old, but it has drawn a legion of fans and customers who have taken to the company’s wood bats.

“We started talking about it about three and a half years ago, and about a year and a half ago we started to really delve into it,” said founder Brian Boatner.

With offices in Sherman and production in Belden, Uppercut is a small operation, with only four employees, including Boatner.

It’s no Louisville Slugger — and the company has no plans to get that big — but Uppercut makes bats from the same high-quality ash, maple and birch the bigger companies use.

Uppercut’s wood of choice, however, is maple. While it’s a little more expensive, it’s stronger than ash and less prone to shatter.

The company’s customers are mostly little league, high school and minor league teams and players, but word of mouth has drawn interest from every level.

The Cotton States Baseball League, a six-team collegiate wooden bat league based in New Albany, uses Uppercut as its official bat.

This past week, Uppercut was in Omaha, Neb., for two major youth baseball tournaments to demonstrate its bats. There’s no shortage of baseball tournaments, and Uppercut is stepping up its efforts to attend as many of them as it can.

“There’s not a better way to show your product than to toss some bats to players and have them take BP (batting practice) with them,” said Ryan Moody, who heads sales for the company.

Uppercut isn’t Boatner’s first entrepreneurial venture. In addition to that company, he also has a hand in a T-shirt company and another sports-related business.

Boatner, 28, himself is no stranger to baseball. A standout at Saltillo High who went on to play at Itawamba Community College and the University of North Alabama, Boatner got in the sporting goods equipment business with an invention of his own about eight years ago.

The Shoulder Shield came about after Boatner suffered a labrum injury. While surgery was successful, his arm was constantly tight.

“I looked for a shirt for some sort of support, but eventually I just made one,” he said. “It was crude but did what it needed to do.”

After trial and error with designs and materials, Boatner created a neoprene sleeve that traps heat in users’ shoulders and elbows.

The Shoulder Shield keeps the joints loose, something athletes want to maintain for peak performance.

Its popularity goes beyond baseball, with college and professional-level players in other sports including softball, tennis and volleyball using it.

“We’re selling it across the country,” Boatner said.

With Uppercut, Boatner hopes he can develop another strong customer base, although he freely admits bat-making companies are regional in scope for the most part.

“Customers tend to be very loyal to the bats they use,” he said. “But we looked around and there really wasn’t anybody making bats in the area. The nearest companies are in Nashville and Baton Rouge. So we saw a niche.”

With only a four-man crew and two lathes, Uppercut can make 200 to 300 bats a week.

The bats are custom-ordered and designed, and can come with a variety of coats and colors.

While it’s a fairly simple process to make the bats, it does take time from start to finish to get the bats ready for use.

Depending on the size of the job, an order typically takes three to four days to complete.

Boatner and Moody say the prices for their bats are competitive. An adult bat made from ash is about $75, while a maple bat costs $5 to $10 more. Youth bats start around $55.

“We’re not trying to be a discount bat company, though” Boatner said.

Already, he has plans to build a new facility and to add more equipment to ramp up production.

“In three years, I see us with more employees and making many more orders,” he said.

 

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Alabama Baseball New Tryouts

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Step one: You must be LOG on playusssa with a user ID and PW.

Click HERE

Step two: One you are log on the comment box at the bottom of the page will appear.

Once your logged on please post your team tryout info in the comment reply box below. Then your tryout will appear once I read the blog and  approve it.

If you have any problems just email Dee Black with your post at dee@alabamausssa.org .  Thanks Dee

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Nathan Clinkenbeard

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BASEBALL YOUTH ROAD TRIP

1.866.500.4225

E-mail: nathanc@dugoutmedia.com

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Specializes in organizing and producing mobile marketing FANFEST tours that interact with millions of individuals face-to-face at youth sporting events around the United States. Publishers of Baseball Youth-

The Nation’s Baseball Magazine for KIDS with MLBPA http://www.baseballyouth.com   

Join over 90,000 fans on our Baseball Youth Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/baseballyouthmagazine

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Birmingham Hotels

 

Hyatt Place Inverness

4686 Highway 280 East

Birmingham, Alabama 35242

(205) 995-9242

www.hyattplacebirminghaminverness.com

For groups of 10 or more rooms, call the hotel directly

@ (205) 995-9242 extension 5104 and ask for Trinet Hall.

Rate includes the following:

  • Complimentary hot breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Oversized rooms with two double beds and sleeper sofa
  • Located three miles from Spain Park

Reservation Information

Call 800-992-0698 and ask for booking code: USSSA

Or use the booking link below: Book USSSA Hotel Room

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USSSA Insurance Check

For the Alabama USSSA Baseball program any team not having USSSA insurance needs a policy certificate showing equivalent coverage plus details of policy.

For the next three weeks, at coaches check in, please drop off a copy of the policy.

After you purchase a USSSA policy you can add the policy number to your team sanction name in your USSSA managers menu. Just don’t add the G (Global Sports) in the team sanction number. G982935425

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Youth Events, Camps and Clinics

You can now list your summer or winter time Youth Baseball Camps and Clinics. Please provide all your info in the reply box below. The post will appear once I approve it in a few hours. Thanks Dee Black

 

If you have any problems please email Dee Black at dee@alabamausssa.org

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Professional Hitting Academys

This post is dedicated to Professional Hitting Academy’s and Professional Hitting Instructors in Alabama that support USSSA Baseball and Fast-pitch. You can post your website and any of your personal or business info.

Please just reply to the post below and I will approve it before it will be posted. It might take a few hours to approve.

 

Thanks Dee Black

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Coaches and Team Managers:

You must an adult and be logged in to reply to the comments. Please post your team tryout info in the reply box below. Then your tryout will appear once I approve it. It may take a few hours to approve.  Thanks Dee Black email: dee@alabamausssa.org

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Scottie Mobley (State Director) 256-651-1686

Birmingham Alabama State Office Hours (12:30 to 3:30) 256-473-6626 or Fax 256-447-2205. After hours please call 256-651-1686 or email anytime alabamausssa@yahoo.com

Dee Black

Auburn-Montgomery Office hours 9am-6pm Mon-Thurs. After 6pm please email anytime dee@alabamausssa.org

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Mobile South Alabama Office Hours M-F 9am-6pm Cell Phone: 251-583-5828 or email anytime at dennis.shoemaker@usssa.com