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    Baden Perfection Series Volleyball Named Official Ball of Kentucky High Schools April 3, 2014

    Baden Sports Logo           Kentucky High School Athletic Association  

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    High-quality, multi-colored Baden Perfection VX5EC-210 game ball delivers maximum playability and performance

    RENTON, Wash. (April 2, 2014) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced its premium Baden Perfection® series volleyball has been selected by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) as the official ball for postseason play beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

    Starting this fall, all postseason matches in Kentucky will be contested using Baden’s highest-quality, multi-colored game ball, the Baden Perfection® VX5EC-210, featuring a red, white and navy color pattern. Constructed using full-grain, pre-sorted leather and a new tanning process for increased durability, the ball is designed for maximum playability and includes Baden’s Stealth Soft-Valve System™ for consistent hitting and comfort.

    Baden will provide a complimentary volleyball to each KHSAA member school as part of the adoption.

    “We take great pride in designing products with the player in mind,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “Baden volleyballs are the highest-quality and best-performing balls in the industry. We’re excited to be the official ball of Kentucky and look forward to providing the state’s coaches and players the best possible playing experience for many seasons to come.”

    The five-year agreement was approved at a special meeting of the KHSAA Board of Control on March 20. Baden also is the...


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    Baden Selected as Official Game Ball of Montana High Schools April 3, 2014

     

    Baden Sports Logo   Montana High School Association

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    High-quality, performance game balls from Baden to be used exclusively in basketball, soccer and volleyball postseasons starting this fall

    RENTON, Wash. (April 2, 2014) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced a three-sport agreement with the Montana High School Association (MHSA) that will make Baden the exclusive provider of game balls for all postseason play in boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and volleyball beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

    The high-quality Baden game balls selected by the MHSA include:

    • Basketball: The Baden Perfection® Elite™ Game Ball BX7E and BX6E – for boys and girls, respectively – is Baden’s finest competition basketball. Featuring proprietary Cushion Control Technology™, a Stealth Soft-Valve System™ and symmetrical design, the Elite Game Ball is engineered to give players truer bounces, better feel and greater consistency.

    • Soccer: The Baden Lexum® SX551-CPL for boys and girls is hand-sewn and constructed of performance polyurethane material. Featuring Rainshield™ technology and a Stealth Soft-Valve System, the Lexum game ball provides a consistent and reliable playing experience in any type of weather.

    • Volleyball: The Baden Lexum Comp VX450 is Baden’s highest-quality microfiber game ball, featuring a tackified soft-touch cover and a Stealth Soft-Valve System for better control and consistency.

    Baden will provide one complimentary game ball...


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    Baden Renewed as the Official Ball of the LHSAA and LHSCA February 12, 2014

    Baden Sports is proud to announce its sponsorship renewal of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) as of the upcoming 2014 season. With this extension, the Baden Perfection game balls will remain the “Official Ball” in basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball. Baden will provide balls for all state championship events, as well as LHSCA All-Star games.

    “We are so pleased to renew our 20+ year partnership with the LHSAA," said Michael Schindler, Baden's CEO. "We believe our quality and innovation reflects the exciting and high level competition for which Louisiana high school athletics are known throughout the country. Having the opportunity to remain the LHSAA’s Official Ball for all sports is an honor we accept with great pride and gratitude.”

    “Baden has been the official ball of the LHSAA and LHSCA for over two decades. They are committed to producing products of the highest quality for our schools and student athletes. We look forward to the next five years with Baden as the official ball of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and Coaches Association,” stated LHSAA Executive Director, Kenny Henderson.

    Those interested in learning more about Baden and its products are encouraged to write or call Baden’s Vice President of Sales, Jay Helmick, directly. He can be reached at 253.883.5125 or jayh@badensports.com.

    About the LHSAA/LHSCA: The LHSAA is a private/non-profit association of 389 public and private member schools, whose purpose is to encourage participation in interscholastic activities to enhance the educational experience, elevate standards of good sportsmanship, and to encourage growth of good citizenship among students and spectators. The LHSAA is made up of seven divisions and supports twenty-seven competitive sports programs comprised of over 90,000 student athletes each year...


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    Baden Renewed as Official Volleyball of the KSHSAA January 14, 2013

    Baden Sports is proud to announce that it will continue as the Official Volleyball of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) for the upcoming 2013 through 2018 seasons. Baden will provide balls for the end-of-season tournaments.   

    “The KSHSAA is pleased to continue its association with Baden as the Official KSHSAA Post-Season Volleyball,” says Cheryl Gleason, KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director/Volleyball Administrator. “The Baden Perfection 15-0 is a quality volleyball that KSHSAA schools have enjoyed using in competition. We are especially excited to introduce the VX5EC-220 color-panel ball as a part of the post-season experience for our member schools.”

    Says Michael Schindler, CEO of Baden Sports: “We look forward to working with the KSHSAA coaches and players for many years to come. It is a fact that Kansas high schools play volleyball at a very high level and we are proud to be associated with them.” 

     


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    Baden Gives Back January 8, 2013

    Baden was thrilled to help make the holiday season a little brighter for many children and families, donating more than 10,000 balls to six charitable organizations. ROOF Community Services was able to supply over 500 children with a variety of Baden balls at its ‘Operation Santa’ event.

    “It was a huge success and everyone loved having so many sports balls to choose from,” says Kellie McNelly, Executive Director at ROOF.

    Baden also sent ball donations to Toys for Tots, World Vision, Ray of Sunshine, Operation Homefront, and the Federal Way Fire Department.

    “One of the best things about being in the ball business is the holiday season and how many kids we can touch through something as simple as a basketball, a playground ball, or a football,” says Baden CEO Michael J. Schindler. “These charities and many others have been great partners in helping us bring joy and happiness to children throughout the world. What could be better than that?”

    For more information on these charities and how you can help, visit the links below.

      

         

      

     


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    Headhunters Softball - Exclusive Axe Team August 2, 2012

    Headhunters Softball LogoBaden Sports is thrilled to announce that Axe bats are now the official bat of the Headhunters, a Slowpitch team based out of Jesup, Georgia. A highly competitive “B” team, the Headhunters play up to the “A”/Major level. Axe bats will be used exclusively in all Headhunter games.

    Leading the Headhunters team is 23-year-old rising softball star, Jonathan Scott. With a batting average of .765 and home runs in 40% of his at-bats, Jonathan is turning heads!

    Jonathan took an interest in softball after playing four years of high school baseball. Wanting to keep playing the sport he loved as a teen, Scott agreed to play in a local softball tournament, where he handily won MVP. “I was hooked,” says Scott. “I spent all my spare time hitting and playing in local tournaments.” Playing his first conference tournament in 2009 confirmed his passion for the game. In 2011, Jonathan Scott played his first full year of conference with Down2Earth, winning the prestigious Smoky Mountain Classic Homerun Derby.  In 2012 he joined the highly-ranked Headhunters/Baden team. As if one Scott weren’t enough, Jonathan’s twin brother, Jesse, also leads the Headhunters as a heavy hitter.

    Jonathan ScottJonathan has received many accolades at such a young age, proving to be one of the best young players out there. A few of his accomplishments:

    • -2009 Boones Home Run Derby champion

      -2010 Mullet MVP with 22 home runs and above .900 average

    • -2011 Peach State Shootout All Tournament

    • -43rd Smoky Mountain Classic Home Run Champion with 17 home runs

    • -2011 -...


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    Axe Exclusive Team Marietta College Pioneers Wins National Championship May 30, 2012

    We couldn't be more excited that the Marietta College Pioneers have won the National Championship, their second in two years. Baden is proud to call the Pioneers an exclusive Axe team. To read more about their incredible journey to claming this win, click here.

    To learn more about the Axe bats Marietta used throughout the year and during this series, visit AxeBat.com


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    Axe Exclusive Teams Marietta and UCSD Headed to Regionals May 14, 2012

    Two teams who are swinging the Axe exclusively are headed to regionals after winning their conference titles!

    Congratulations to both the Marietta Pioneers and the UCSD Tritons & good luck in regionals!

    Read more about their impressive wins here:

    http://pioneers.marietta.edu/news/2012/5/12/BB_OAC_12_0512125347.aspx

    http://www.ucsdtritons.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5800&ATCLID=205426812

     

    To learn more about the bat that's helping these talented teams win titles, visit badenaxe.com


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    Former UW Husky Softball Star Danielle Lawrie will be at Seattle Team Shop in Bellevue Square October 18, 2011

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    SEATTLE, WA, October 17, 2011—Former UW Husky Softball Star Danielle Lawrie will be at Seattle Team Shop in Bellevue Square Friday, October 21st for free autographs and photos for fans of all ages from 4pm to 5pm.

    Lawrie has a long list of accomplishments and honors. At the University of Washington she holds many records in wins, shutouts, strikeouts, just to name a few. Danielle holds the Pac-10 record for most Player of the Week honors in a career and season. She is also second in all-time Pac-10 career strikeouts. She is sixth in career strikeouts in NCAA history.

    She represented the Canadian softball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she struck out 13 batters in 12 innings in her 3 appearances during Canada's run at the games. All these achievements culminated in her leading the Washington Huskies Softball team to their first national...


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    New Bat Standards - Simplified April 7, 2011

     Right now there are many changes going on in bats with regard to what is legal and what is not.  Some performance standards have changed, and restrictions have been placed on composite barrels in certain situations.

    So let’s sort it out!  Here is a summary of the major changes that have taken place over the last few months.  As things change we will update this summary.

    Adult Baseball (high school and college)

    Old Standard: BESR

    New Standard: BBCOR

           NCAA in 2011

           NFHS in 2012

    Composite restrictions?  Yes.  All composite bats must pass “ABI – Accelerated Break-in Test”.  Further, the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) has banned composite bats in 2011, although some bats have been re-approved if they pass ABI.

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