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Best Softball Bats 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:47:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, we will present some of the best softball bats 2020 has to offer.

Sports Zone is committed to providing softball enthusiasts with the highest quality equipment and apparel available, all at unbeatable prices. Visit us today to get your next bat.

Now, let's dig in and take a deeper look at the best softball bats for 2020.

Best Softball Bats 2020

Sports Zone offers close to 50 softball bats for you to choose from before taking to the field this season. But how do you choose which one is best for you? First, check out our softball bat sizing guide, and then consider the following top options.

1. Miken Freak 54 Maxload

Miken is a very popular name when it comes to softball bats, and for good reason. They have a reputation for creating some of the best softball bats out there.

Brand new for 2020 is the Miken Freak 54 Maxload. This is a limited edition bat featuring two-piece construction.

The 14" barrel features Miken's Maxload technology that gives this bat a powerful end loaded weight with a large sweet spot and excellent pop. Also, the Freak 54 offers an optimal handle flex for increased swing power.

If you are a slowpitch player looking for an elite end loaded slowpitch bat, look no further than the Miken Freak 54

2. Worth Krecher XL Ryan Harvey Best Softball Bat 2020

Ryan Harvey was selected 6th overall by the Chicago Cubs at the 2003 MLB Draft, and turned to softball after giving up his big league dreams back in 2013. Harvey became an internet sensation in 2016 after launching a softball into the American flag at Tropicana Field in Florida.

Today, Harvey's name is on Worth's latest softball bat. The Krecher XL is a two piece 100% composite bat that comes equipped with a 13.5" barrel. The Krecher bat series features Worth's 220+ Advantage, which makes for a larger sweet spot for max performance throughout the barrel, as well as CF100 Carbon Fiber for top notch durability.

The Krecher also utilizes Flex 50 Technology, which gives you a thinner handle for increased whip and hitting power.

Start mashing like Ryan Harvey with his namesake bat

3. Miken Psycho MaxLoad Corey Briggs Bat

Miken is back on our list of best softball bats 2020 has to offer.

Corey Briggs is another prolific softball player who, along with Harvey, is a member of the 2020 USA Men's National Slo Pitch teamHis signature Miken Phycho MaxLoad is a two-peice, end-loaded composite softball bat which comes equipped with a 14" barrel length.

The Psycho line brings Miken's Triple Matrix Core+ Technology. This enlarges the sweet spot for maximized performance throughout the 14" barrel.

For this bat, Miken also uses their signature composite material for unmatchable durability. 

The Psycho features a Flex 2 Power handle which ensures optimal flex and whip for barrel loading through the zone

4. Mizuno Crush 12" End Load

The legendary Mizuno Crush is more powerful than ever!

Featuring a smaller 12" barrel for more compact hitting surface, the 2020 Crush is constructed with Black Onyx Carbon and a Triple Wall barrel to increase durability with a shorter break-in period.

A thin Micro-Whip™ Grip gives you a better feel, while 2-Piece LINK™ technology reduces vibrations to the hands to give you the amazing feel of solid contact every at-bat.

Engineered details like an Optimized End Cap create a booming sound and an increased sweet spot!

The Mizuno Crush features end Loaded swing weight for added distance

5. DeMarini Uprising

If you're looking for one of the best softball bats in 2020 but are working on a tighter budget, DeMarini has you covered.

The DeMarini Uprising sotftball bat is a great aluminum piece at a great value.

It features revamped DX1 Alloy and Hybrid Performance gripand and has been greatly tested to ensure that they have the perfect balance of performance and durability at a more affordable price.

 

Rise up with the 2020 DeMarini Uprising Slowpitch Bat

Best Softball Bats 2020 - Find The Best Option For You

Softball bat sizing

When looking for a softball bat, you want to select:

  • A comfortable weight
  • The correct length for your size
  • The right weight distribution for your ability level

Click here for a step by step guide, and follow these basic tips:

1. Select a bat that you can hold outstretched for 30 seconds: You need a bat that is an appropriate weight in order to increase the power in your hits. 

Hold the bat in your dominant hand in front of you at a 90-degree angle for 30 seconds. If your arm starts shaking or even begins to drop, the bat is too heavy. Repeat this process until you feel comfortable with the weight.

2. Pick a bat that is an appropriate length for your height: Here's a general idea of what length you should use based on your height.

  • If you are 5ft 5in (1.65m) - 5ft 8in (1.72m), opt for a 32 inches (81 cm) or 33 inches (84 cm) bat
  • If you are over 5 ft 9 in (1.75m), opt for a bat that is 34 inches (86 cm)

Visit Sports Zone today for further assistance.

Best Softball Bats 2020 - Get yours at Sports Zone!

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands with high-quality softball gear, and we can do the same for you.

We’re a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big box retailers.

Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%! We also offer free shipping on all orders over $100!

Click the image above to be directed to our softball bat selection

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

You can also order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area!

Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

Hours:

  • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
  •   
  • SAT 9AM - 5PM
  •  
  • SUN 11AM - 5PM

 

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

     

    WHAT SPORTS ZONE CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

    "The owners, staff, and products are second to none at sports zone. The customer service and family owned feel provide a great platform for their customers. Highly recommend!"
    (Nick Erb)

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    Slo Pitch Equipment Near Me

    Monday, March 23, 2020 1:37:00 AM America/New_York

    Slo Pitch Equipment Near Me

    Where is Sports Zone?

    Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON. We are your one-stop shop for all "slo pitch equipment near me" inquiries.

    Hours:

    • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
    •   
    • SAT 9AM - 5PM
    •  
    • SUN 11AM - 5PM

    If you're in the Kitchener-Waterloo area or are interested in shopping online, Sports Zone is where you want to go for slo pitch bats, gloves, cleats, batting gloves, softballs, helmets, training aids, or even umpire products - check out our extensive slo pitch section today!

    Check out this video for help with choosing the best slo pitch bat.

    Slo pitch equipment near me - what you need!

    Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of slo pitch equipment and related products.

    That includes:

    Bats:

    Gloves:

    Cleats:

    As well as:

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

    The right slo potch equipment can help you dominate!

    Slo Pitch Equipment Near Me - Where You Can Use It

    Now that you're fully equipped, you may be wondering where you can play this season. The City of Waterloo operates multiple co-ed and men's summer slo pitch leagues for anyone aged 18+.

    These leagues run from May to September and feature a one game per week schedule. Games are played at RIM Park Manulife SportsplexHillside Park and Waterloo Park diamonds.

    Please note: Registration closes April 6 and all leagues fill up quickly.

    Additional options include the Waterloo Recreational Co-Ed Slo-Pitch League and the Waterloo Softball Association, which includes a women's only slo pitch league option. 

    You've found the best "slo pitch equipment near me" - now get playing!

    Slo Pitch Equipment Near Me - Trust The Sports Zone Difference!

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best.The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. 

    As a family run business, we offer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

    Sports Zone has all the slo pitch gear you need at the best price, guaranteed!

    Visit us today to get the best "slo pitch equipment near me." Take advantage of our in-store servicesOr you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    What Sports Zone customers are saying:

    "Best sporting goods store in town. Mostly hockey and baseball.

    Quality equipment. No junk.


    - Matthew Fries

     

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    Baseball Equipment Near Me

    Friday, March 13, 2020 1:42:00 PM America/New_York

    Baseball Equipment Near Me

    Where is Sports Zone?

    Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

    Hours:

    • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
    •   
    • SAT 9AM - 5PM
    •  
    • SUN 11AM - 5PM

    If you're in Kitchener-Waterloo or interested in shopping online, Sports Zone is where you want to go for baseball bats, baseball gloves, cleats, batting gloves, catcher equipment, baseballs, helmets, training aids, or even umpire products - check out our extensive baseball section today!

    Visit us today to get your hands on one of these top bats for 2020:

    You can also watch this video to learn how to find the best glove:

    Baseball equipment near me - What you need

    Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of baseball equipment and related products.

    That includes:

    Baseball bats:

    Baseball gloves

    Helmets

    As well as:

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

    The right baseball equipment can help you excel on the field

    You have the equipment, now where can you play?

    You've found "baseball equipment near me" but what about "baseball leagues near me?"

    The Region of Waterloo is home to several baseball and softball leagues for players of all ages.

    Young players can learn to play in the Kitchener-Waterloo House League Baseball. If you are a KW House League player looking for extra reps, more game time, and a higher level of competition, you can join Panthers Select Kitchener Minor Baseball.

    For adults, Tri-Cities Baseball is a league that plays games around Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. This league is open to individuals age 18+ from all levels of baseball.

    Additionally, there's no shortage of baseball diamonds around Kitchener to play and practice on your own as well!

    As an added bonus, Sports Zone features a batting cage where you can test out the latest in bats

    We also offer team wear options to make sure your squad looks good while excelling on the field.

    If you live outside our area, search "baseball equipment near me" to get what you need to play

    Baseball Equipment Near Me - Trust The Sports Zone Difference

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best.The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service.

    As a family run business, we offer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

    Click to visit our extensive baseball section

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

    Sports Zone has all the baseball gear you need at the best price, guaranteed!

    Visit us today to get the best "baseball equipment near me." Take advantage of our in-store servicesOr you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    What Sports Zone customers are saying:

    "Great store! Awesome Staff. My daughter was in a ringette tournament and we needed some girls skates sharpened they were able to get all 3 pairs done while we browsed. While we were there Susan showed us the baseball bats that were marked down. I talked to my team and we ordered one off their website for a great price. It was shipped and delivered to my door 3 days later free shipping! Love Sports Zone!" 


    - Debi Lewis

     

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    Softball Waterloo - Sports Zone Is Your Expert Equipment Store

    Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:40:00 PM America/New_York

    In this article, we are going to discuss why Sports Zone is your expert equipment store for all things softball Waterloo.

    Whether you're looking for bats, gloves, cleats, batting gloves, catcher equipment, balls, helmets, training aids, or even umpire products, Sports Zone has you covered - check out our softball section today!

    Now let's dig in and take a look at why Sports Zone is the best store for all things softball Waterloo can offer.

    Softball Waterloo - Sports Zone Is Your Expert Equipment Store

    The Sports Zone difference is our personalized level of service.

    We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport. 

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

    Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

    Hours:

    • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
    •   
    • SAT 9AM - 5PM
    •  
    • SUN 11AM - 5PM

    What we offer

    Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of softball equipment and related products. That includes:

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

    Sports Zone has the best selection of softball equipment and related products

    In fact, Sports Zone was selected to carry the re-release of the popular Freak 30 USSSA Softball Bat. This model was limited to 1500 in quantity, with each one laser engraved numerically!

    Check out this video for help with choosing the best softball bat!

    Softball Waterloo - Where You Can Play

    The City of Waterloo runs co-ed and men's summer leagues for people aged 18+. There are multiple league options in which you can play one game per week from May into September.

    Softball Waterloo games are played at RIM Park Manulife SportsplexHillside Park and Waterloo Park diamonds. Registration closes April 6 and all leagues fill up quickly.

    Other options include the Waterloo Recreational Co-Ed Slo-Pitch League and the Waterloo Softball Association, which includes a women's-only league option. 

    Softball Waterloo - Trust The Sports Zone Difference

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best.

    Click on the images below to see our selection of softball bats and gloves:

    Sports Zone has all the softball gear you need at the best price, guaranteed!

    Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store servicesOr you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    What Sports Zone customers are saying:

    "Best sporting goods store in town. Mostly hockey and baseball. Quality equipment. No junk."

    - Matthew Fries

     

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    Softball Bat Sizing/Baseball Bat Sizing Guide - Pro Tips

    Friday, February 28, 2020 11:16:00 AM America/New_York

    In this article, we will present to you our softball bat sizing/baseball bat sizing guide.

    Sports Zone is committed to providing baseball and softball enthusiasts with the highest quality equipment and apparel available, all at unbeatable prices. Visit us today to get your next bat.

    Now let's dig in and take a deeper look at softball bat sizing/baseball bat sizing guide and how to find the best bat for you!

    Softball Bat Sizing/Baseball Bat Sizing Guide - Pro Tips

    Baseball bat sizing

    When looking for the perfect baseball bat, it's important to take height and weight into consideration.

    Ultimately, you should go with what feels most comfortable, but here's a general sizing guide you can use as a reference when assessing length:

    WEIGHT/HEIGHT3'5"- 3'8"3'9" - 4'4'1"- 4'4"4'5"- 4'-8"4'9"- 5'5'1"- 5'-4"5'5"- 5'-8"5'9"- 6'6'1"- OVER'
    Under 60 lbs 27" 28" 29" 29"          
    61 - 70 lbs 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"        
    71 - 80 lbs 28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
    81 - 90 lbs 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
    91 - 100 lbs 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31"    
    101 - 110 lbs 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
    111 - 120 lbs 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
    121 - 130 lbs   30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 33"  
    131 - 140 lbs   30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33"
    141 - 150 lbs   30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
    151 - 160 lbs   30" 31" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34"
    161 - 170 lbs     31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
    171 - 180 lbs       31" 32" 32" 33" 34" 34"
    Over 180 lbs           33" 33" 34" 34"

    Here are some additional tips for choosing your best bat option:

    • Place the bat to your side and as long as your palm reaches the handle, you have the right sized bat
    • Then put the knob of the bat at the center of your chest with the bat facing outward - if you can reach your arm out and grab the barrel of the bat, it’s the right size.

    Watch this video for more detailed info on baseball bat sizing

    When it comes to baseball bats for kids, a good rule of thumb is that if they are between 3’ and 3’4”, you should begin with a 26-inch bat and increase the bat size 1 inch for every 4-to-5 inches that they grow. 

    Measure with baseball cleats on. Stand a bat next to your child and compare them to the bat. The bat should reach, but not exceed, your child’s hip.

    Your height and weight are big considerations in baseball bat sizing

    Softball bat sizing

    When looking for a softball bat, you want to pick one that is:

    • A comfortable weight
    • The correct length for your size
    • The right weight distribution for your ability level

    Here's a step by step guide to working through the decision process.

    1. Select a bat that you can hold outstretched for 30 seconds: You need a bat that is an appropriate weight because this allows you to increase the power in your hits. 

    Hold the bat in your dominant hand and try to hold it out in front of you at a 90-degree angle for 30 seconds. If your arm starts shaking or even begins to drop, the bat is too heavy. 

    Repeat this process until you feel comfortable with the weight.

    2. Pick a bat that is an appropriate length for your height: Here's a general idea of what length you should use based on your height.

    • For 5 - 10 yr old children, try bats that are between 24 inches (61 cm) - 29 inches (74 cm)
    • For 11 - 18 yr olds, try using a bat that is between 30 inches (76 cm) - 34 inches (86 cm)
    • If you are 5ft 5in (1.65m) - 5ft 8in (1.72m), opt for a 32 inches (81 cm) or 33 inches (84 cm) bat
    • If you are over 5 ft 9 in (1.75m), opt for a bat that is 34 inches (86 cm)

    3. Balanced or end loaded?

    Balanced bats feature equal weighting at both ends. This makes it feel lighter and allows you to swing the bat more quickly. These bats also have a larger sweet spot and are a great choice for beginners.

    End-loaded bats have the majority of their weight at the tip. This allows you to gain momentum on your swing and helps to create a powerful hit.

    These bats work best for experienced players since the small sweet spot at the end of the bat takes a while to get used to.

    The right softball bat will help you perfect your swing

    Softball bat sizing/baseball bat sizing: Choosing the right material

    Wood bats are used by professionals or maybe for practice.

    There's a variety of non-wood bat options, though, and choosing a material can feel overwhelming.

    Use the chart below as a quick cheat sheet:

    Composite vs Alloy Bats

    Image Source: Baseball Monkey

    The Sports Zone advantage for softball bat sizing/baseball bat sizing

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major sports brands you need to play your best.

    The Sports Zone difference is our personalized level of service.

    We pledge to offer the customer a personal small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

    Click here for Sports Zone's selection of bats

    We’re a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big box retailers.

    Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price; we’ll beat it by an additional 5%!

    Get your next bat at Sports Zone!

    Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

    Hours:

    • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
    •   
    • SAT 9AM - 5PM
    •  
    • SUN 11AM - 5PM

    What we offer

    Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of baseball equipment and related products. That includes:

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance baseball and softball gear, and we can do the same for you.

     

    WHAT SPORTS ZONE CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

    "A good selection of equipment, good prices, helpful staff. Best choice in KW for hockey or baseball."
    (David Archibald)

     

    Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

    You can also order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    CCM 2020 Axis Pro Goalie Gear

    Monday, February 24, 2020 9:58:18 PM America/New_York

    CCM's newest iteration of their premier style goalie gear, the Axis series, releases this April of 2020. Here are some things to expect from the newest elite goalie pad tech that CCM's bringing froward for 2020.

    The Axis will be similar to CCM's Premier II Pro Goalie Pads which came out back in 2018, but will feature new tech CCM has been testing in thier labs. The glove will be a 590 break, and we expect to see a similar lightweight velcro trapping system on the pads like the Premiers before them as well as many other features that makes this line so popular.

    The Axis pads feature a new aggresive design on the face of the pad. By utilising inward slanting stiched color zones and outer digital printed accents, CCM gives the pads a new redesigned look. 

    We expect the Axis to push the levels the Premier II series gear with lighter weight, ice sealability, and overall fit. Be sure to stay tuned for when these pads are available for sale here on Sports Zone Canada!

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    What Does My Child Need For Softball Equipment This Year?

    Friday, February 21, 2020 11:15:00 AM America/New_York

    In this article, we are going to outline what your child needs for softball equipment this year.

    Whether you're looking for softball bats, gloves, cleats, batting gloves, catcher equipment, softballs, batting helmets, training aids, or even umpire products, Sports Zone has you covered - check out our softball equipment section today!

    Now let's dig in and take a look at the different elements of softball equipment your child needs to play their best this season.

    What Does My Child Need For Softball Equipment This Year?

    Softball Equipment Essentials

    1. Cleats

    Softball cleats must have rubber or hard plastic spikes. Metal spikes are therefore not allowed. However, soccer cleats are usually permitted. 

    Price range: $35 - $50

    These Mizuno spikes are perfect for your young softball player

    2. Glove

    Your child can't take to the field without this important piece of softball equipment: a glove!

    Softball gloves differ from baseball gloves, and you can further distinguish between fastpitch and slowpitch softball. 

    Here's a look at how the sizing works for each courtesy of softball.com:

    Fastpitch Glove Sizing Chart

    Age Infield Outfield
    Under 8  9"-11" 10.5"-11.5"
    9 to 13 10.5"-11.5" 11"-11.5"
    High School 11.5"-12.5" 12.5"-13"
    Adult 11.5"-12.5" 12.5"-13"

    Slowpitch Glove Sizing Chart

    Size Position
    12"-13" Infield
    12.5"-14" Outfield

    Price range$75 - $250



    Make sure you get a softball glove and not a baseball glove

    3. Batting Helmet (With Facemask)

    Some softball leagues will provide your child with protective helmets, but - just like in hockey - it's a good idea to invest in your own in order to ensure proper fit.

    When looking for a helmet, make sure to purchase one with both a facemask and a chin strap. 

    Faceguards are particularly important if your child wears braces, and they are important simply for an extra level of protection. Chin straps are an easy way to make sure your child's helmet is safe and secure. They’re easy to attach and can be adjusted to create a tighter fit. 

    For helmets and facemasks, make sure you find one that is manufactured by the same company as the helmet to minimize any issues with attachment

    Note: Most children'e leagues will supply bats, but as your youngster gets older, you might want to invest in one that fits their specific height and weight. Click here to see our softball bat sizing guide.

    Softball Equipment: Where Your Child Can Play in Kitchener-Waterloo

    The Kitchener-Waterloo area is home to two exceptional softball leagues for children.

    1. Kitchener-Waterloo Minor Boys Softball: This association has been operating for over 50 years, and provides a range of leagues for all ages and competition levels.

    2. Kitchener Minor Girls SoftballBegin with the Learn-To-Play (LTP) program for girls aged 5-6. It offers opportunities to practice the skills needed to successfully take part in competition softball as they get older.

     

    Sports Zone has the best selection of softball equipment and related products

    Softball Equipment Kitchener - Why Sportzone Is A Great Choice

    Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

    Hours:

    • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
    •   
    • SAT 9AM - 5PM
    •  
    • SUN 11AM - 5PM

    What we offer

    Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of softball equipment and related products.

    That includes:

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance baseball and softball gear, and we can do the same for you.

     

    WHAT SPORTS ZONE CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

    "A good selection of equipment, good prices, helpful staff. Best choice in KW for hockey or baseball."
    (David Archibald)

     

    Visit us today to get the best softball equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

    You can also order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    Baseball Store Kitchener - Sportzone Is A Great Choice

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:38:00 PM America/New_York

    In this article, we are going to show why Sports Zone is a great choice when looking for the best baseball store Kitchener has to offer.

    Whether you're looking for baseball bats, baseball gloves, cleats, batting gloves, catcher equipment, baseballs, helmets, training aids, or even umpire products, Sports Zone has you covered - check out our baseball section today!

    Now let's dig in and take a look at why Sports Zone is the best baseball store Kitchener residents can visit.

    Baseball Store Kitchener - Sportzone Is A Great Choice

    Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

    Hours:

    • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
    •   
    • SAT 9AM - 5PM
    •  
    • SUN 11AM - 5PM

    What we offer

    Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of baseball equipment and related products. That includes:

    We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

    Sports Zone has the best selection of baseball equipment and related products

    In fact, Sports Zone was selected to carry the re-release of the popular Freak 30 USSSA Softball Bat. This model was limited to 1500 in quantity, with each one laser engraved numerically!

    Check out this video to see the best bats for 2020!

    Baseball Store Kitchener - Where you can play!

    The Kitchener-Waterloo area is home to several baseball and softball leagues for players of all ages.

    Young players can learn the game through Kitchener-Waterloo House League Baseball, and if you are a KW House League player looking for extra reps, more game time, and a higher level of competition, you can take a look at Panthers Select Kitchener Minor Baseball.

    From there, Tri-Cities Baseball is an adult league playing games out of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. This league is open to individuals 18+ from all levels of baseball.

    There's no shortage of baseball diamonds around Kitchener on which to play and practice on your own as well!

    Sports Zone features a batting cage where you can test out the latest in bats. We also offer team wear options to make sure your squad looks good while excelling on the field.

    Whatever level you play, Sorts Zone can make sure you get the best possible equipment

    Baseball Store Kitchener - Trust The Sports Zone Difference

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best.

    The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

    Sports Zone has all the baseball gear you need at the best price, guaranteed!

    Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store servicesOr you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    What Sports Zone customers are saying:

    "A good selection of equipment, good prices, helpful staff. Best choice in KW for hockey or baseball."

    - David Archibald

     

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    Goalie Equipment Canada - 2020's Latest and Greatest Products

    Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:48:00 PM America/New_York

    In this article, we are going to take at some of the best new goalie equipment Canada has to offer in 2020.

    Finding the right goalie equipment is essential to successfully playing this important position. Your gear will last for years, so you'll want it to be high quality and comfortable.

    The experts at Sports Zone can help get you outfitted with the best goalie equipment in Canada - browse our goalie section to get started.

    Now, let's dig in and look at the latest and greatest goalie equipment available in 2020.

    Goalie Equipment Canada - 2020's Latest and Greatest Products

    Goalie Equipment Canada: Best new pads

    One of the new arrivals that we are very excited about here at Sports Zone is a set of CCM Extreme Flex E4.9 Goalie Pads, which came out in late 2019.

    These pads have explored new graphic designs while providing improved agility and ice sealing capability

    The material on the outside of the pad is CCM’s high quality “SpeedSkin” synthetic material that creates new boundaries for styling and function without sacrificing durability.

    Designed to be the best performing goalie pad material on the market, “SpeedSkin” provides the smooth and quick sliding ability a goalie needs to get across the crease. 

    In terms of pad construction, the CCM Extreme Flex E4.9 pads feature all-new DuaLiteCore Technology to maximizes your maneuverability. 

    Here's a look at the full list of features of one of the current top pieces of goalie equipment Canada has to offer:

    • OUTER FLEX: Single Break for Maximum flexibility.
    • INNER FLEX: Pre-curved Single Break Core. Closes the 5 hole.
    • BOOT FLEX: 90 degree with Torsional Flex. Offers flexibility for Power Pushes.
    • BOOT CHANNEL: Deep Ultra Soft. Freedom of movement.
    • LEG CHANNEL/CALF-STRAP OPTION: Tight fit no calf strap. Lightweight set up with QMSS at calf for quick response.
    • KNEE STRAP SYSTEM: No Strap – 2’’ Elastic Knee for a customized fit.
    • KNEE CRADLE: Recessed foam with removable knee cradle wrap. Deeper knee cradle help closing the 5 hole.
    • CORE DUAL1TECORE TECH: Lightweight goal pad featuring dual flex profile design for quicker transition into butterfly.
    • KNEE RAISER: 3D Grip / PE foam. Seals pad to the ice.

    These pads come with a single outside break and a pre-curved single inside break core to better allow you to close the 5 hole. 

    Goalie Equipment Canada: Must-have mask

    The NME 10 goalie mask is Bauer's most innovative mask to date. The materials used both in the shell and in the liner are the most advanced that Bauer has ever put into a helmet.

    This cage weighs 50% less than traditional stainless steel cages, but it is also twice as strong

    The shell of this mask is built with a fibreglass base, and it also features a carbon outer layer.  This Innegra fibre, which Bauer currently uses in their high-end goalie sticks, acts to hold the carbon and fibreglass fibres together to prevent chipping. It also serves as an excellent vibration dampener.

    Additionally, the shell also features some vibration dampening tape (the same that's also used in airplanes) to further dampen impact vibrations and protect your head as skaters crash the net.

    This mask is available here, and check out these amazing mask painting ideas after you've made your purchase to create the best looking goalie equipment in Canada.

    Goalie Equipment Canada: Block and trap like a pro

    We recommend checking out the CCM Extreme Flex 4 Pro Senior Goalie Blocker and the CCM Extreme Flex 4.9 Senior Goalie Glove, both of which are available through Sports Zone.

    Let's start with the blocker.

    CCM has manufactured a large, balanced blocker designed for redirecting pucks into corners with ease

    Here are some key features you need to be aware of:

    • Front Face: Bindingless
    • Palm Position: Center Palm Position
    • Palm: Nash offers a more comfortable handle and helps soften up the feel of holding a stick
    • Palm Guard: Reinforced Hand
    • Palm Gussett: Ventilated Mesh
    • Lock Thumb Protector: Moulded Thumb
    • Finger Protectors: HD Foam Wrap with added D30 Protection
    • Blocking Board: Heat Laminated Dual Density Foam with PE Board
    • Cuff: Segmented & Adjustable Cuff

    In short, the CCM Extreme Flex 4 Pro Senior features high-quality construction and high-grade materials in both the outer materials and interior core. 

    In late 2019, CCM developed their newest adaptation in the Extreme Flex franchise: the all-new CCM Extreme Flex 4.9 Senior Goalie glove is meticulously engineered and handcrafted for a game-ready feel!

    CCM uses their proprietary “SpeedSkin” synthetic stamped material which creates a new level for style and function

    Important features include:

    • Cuff / Thumb: One piece
    • Break Angle: 600 - This popular glove is perfect for those goalies that hold their glove towards the side rather than upright like Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.
    • Palm Stiffness: Game Ready Fit
    • Wrist Strap: Webbing Strap
    • Pocket: Double Straight Tee for maximum puck retention.
    • Finger Guard: Raised Foam Finger Padding
    • Cuff / Thumb Protection: Injection Moulded PE and PE Foam
    • Inner Palm: 1/4" Felt / Foam
    • Finger Stalls: Nash

    The products mentioned above are examples of the best and latest goalie equipment in Canada. Spring is typically when CCM and Bauer release their new models, and until then, these products are typically kept pretty close to the chest protector.

    We recommend keeping an eye on In Goal Magazine and Goalie Gear Nerd for the freshest news on goalie equipment in Canada.

    Visit Sports Zone For The Best Goalie Equipment, Canada!

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best. The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service.

    We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport - and we can do the same for you.

    Whether you need hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment and more, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

    Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

    Or you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

    "Great service bought a goalie full set pads blocker and trappeur globe online from Québec and they took the time to call me because the trapper I chose didn’t fit the rest they wanted to check with me if I wanted the glove that fits the pad now I couldn’t be happier with my new gear. Will definitely buy again from them."

    - Christoper Paradis

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

    All You Need To Know About Used Sporting Goods

    Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:16:00 AM America/New_York

    In this article, we will outline all you need to know about used sporting goods.

    Used sporting goods are a great option for those who want to play on a budget, or for pieces of equipment that you'll soon outgrow or wear out. Sports Zone offers the very best in new and used hockey equipment, and we allow trade-ins so that you can maximize your dollar - visit us today to learn more.

    Now, let's dig in and take a closer look at what you need to know about used sporting goods, and when it makes sense to choose used over new.

    All You Need To Know About Used Sporting Goods

    Used sporting goods are ideal for young players

    All parents know kids grow at an alarmingly fast rate! This is true not only in terms of size, but also in their interests. As a result, it might not make financial sense to invest in brand new equipment when your child begins playing a new sport.

    Used sporting goods are ideal for baseball players

    Here in Canada, for example, many parents feel overwhelmed by the seemingly high cost of hockey equipment. If you're new to the sport or have a kid who desperately wants to play, you'll need to invest in a decent-sized list of gear to put in your hockey bag, which is a good starting point, by the way!

    Here's what you'll need:

    In our Guide To The Average Cost Of Hockey Equipment, we outlined a general cost breakdown:

    • All New: $500 – $1000 (Depending on what sales you find)
    • New and Used: $300 – $500
    • Mostly/All Used: $200 – $300

    The fact that kids grow so quickly means it's prudent to prioritize used sporting goods during younger years. This greatly lowers the average cost of equipment. Adults can invest a bit more, however, knowing they're likely to use their gear for many years to come.

    Hockey can be expensive, meaning used sporting goods can come in handy!

    Sports Zone is here to help. We not only offer the very best in hockey equipment, but we also offer the following used items: shoulder padspantsglovesshin guards, and elbow padsTo make things easier, we offer a trade-in program so you can bring in your old equipment and get credit towards new gear.

    We are a premier local leader in the sports gear industry and have approximately 15,000 square feet of inventory space filled with new and used sporting equipment. We also have a massive online store with over 11,000 items!

    We carry the very best in:

    As the area's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that has helped them excel in their chosen sport. 

    Trade In Program

    Contact us to learn more about our trade-in program!

    Be smart about buying used sporting goods

    The best sports stores that sell used equipment will always conduct full inspections on any used sporting goods intended to be sold to make sure they are in reasonably good condition. These items will then be priced accordingly. 

    Helmets

    "The most important thing to keep in mind when sourcing all sports equipment is the safety of the piece," according to Active For Life.

    Hockey helmets must have a CSA (Canadian Standards Association) sticker and must be free from cracks, for example. Still, we recommend purchasing new for optimal safety.

    Skates

    For skates, ensure there are no missing or rusted rivets, rusted or cracked blades, or cut leather. For all other pieces, look for signs of wear and tear and most importantly, make sure they fit properly.

    Softball Bats

    If you're looking to purchase a new softball bat, you'll have to make sure it's on the approved list while also retaining its pop. When it comes to similar items like racquets, use your best judgment as to whether the gear is in good enough condition. You can even talk to a coach or to another experienced, knowledgeable player or parent before you shop.

    Other Used Sporting Goods

    For other kinds of protective equipment like chest protectors, knee pads, or shin guards, you should check that all padding is intact, fully attached, and not mouldy. Additionally, ensure rubber or hard plastic parts are free of cracks and that all straps and fasteners are functional and in good condition.

    Local sports leagues and organizations can be a good resource for used sporting goods. They often sell used gear as fundraisers or conduct trade-in programs as part of tournaments. 

    Sports Zone is a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big-box retailers. Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%! 

    Get outfitted for softball season with gently used gear

    Frequently asked questions

    Where do used sporting goods come from?

    By definition, used sporting goods come from those who've benefitted from these pieces of equipment in the past and no longer need it. Bring your gear to Sports Zone, and if it's in good condition, you can trade it in for credit on your next purchase! We then offer it to someone else who can use it.

    What type of equipment do you accept?

    We will accept a wide variety of quality used sports and fitness gear to flip to those who play any particular sport in our community - as long as we have room for it! That includes hockey skates, protective gear (elbow, shoulder and shin pads), softball gloves, hockey gloves and more!

    How much is my used equipment worth?

    There are several factors we consider: brand, condition, and demand for the items. We will assess your equipment, and let you know what we can offer in terms of trade-in value on your next purchase.

    Trust Sports Zone for the best in new and used sporting goods!

    Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best. The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

    As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

    Whether you need hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

    What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

    "The owners, staff, and products are second to none at sports zone. The customer service and family owned feel provide a great platform for their customers. Highly recommend!" (Nick Erb)

    Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

    Or you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

    Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj
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