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    Baden Sports, Axe Bat Named to Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies List for 2015 May 20, 2015

    Ergonomic, performance-driven design earns Axe Bat a spot among this year’s trendsetters

    RENTON, Wash. (May 19, 2015) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced it has been selected as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies” of 2015 for its development of the Axe™ Bat, an ergonomically designed, performance-driven bat for baseball and softball. The magazine’s annual list, appearing in the June 2015 issue, recognizes companies “doing brilliant things, reinventing ideas and reimagining markets.”

    “We’re honored to be included among Entrepreneur’s 100 Brilliant Companies,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “The Axe Bat proves that the old, accepted way of doing things isn’t always best. More and more, coaches and players are realizing that the traditional round knob does nothing to help the hitter, that it’s simply a remnant of a mass-production process that dictated that shape.”

    The Axe™ Bat represents a revolutionary approach to hitting, with a patented shape that improves performance, promotes proper swing mechanics and allows players to train longer, safer. Scientific research has shown the ergonomic design of the axe-shaped handle provides better bat control, grip stability and power transfer, while also reducing the risk of hand and nerve injuries, compared to traditional bats with round knobs and handles.1 For added durability and performance, the Axe™ Bat features a directional barrel engineered for one-sided hitting, ensuring that everything, from the knob to the end cap, is designed to benefit the player.

    The Axe™ Bat is approved for play at all levels of amateur and professional baseball and...


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    Baden Returns as the Official Ball of M.I.N.K. Baseball League March 13, 2015

    Baden’s Perfection® Collegiate baseball will again be used exclusively in collegiate summer league with teams in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas

    RENTON, Wash. (March 13, 2015) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced it has been selected to provide the official ball of the M.I.N.K. Baseball League, an eight-team summer league for elite college players in the Midwest. The multi-year agreement, effective immediately, restores what had been a long-term relationship between the parties, and designates Baden’s Perfection® Collegiate baseball as the league’s official ball.

    “We’re excited to renew our support of the M.I.N.K. League and are pleased to again be providing its official ball,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “Our high-quality Perfection baseballs are made for performance and durability, and we’re looking forward to putting them back in the hands of M.I.N.K. League players and coaches this summer.”

    Baden’s Perfection® Collegiate 3B-PPRO-CL baseball is designed to meet the NCAA’s new flat-seam specification for 2015 – meaning a lower seam height of .031 inches, down from .048 – and features a premium leather cover, pro-grade wool windings and a cushioned cork center.

    “We’re glad to reunite with Baden Sports as our official ball,” said Jeff Post, M.I.N.K. League President. “Baden has a proven product that has performed well for us in the past – the league feels privileged to be using the Perfection baseball once again.”

    The M.I.N.K. League, founded in 1910, operates eight teams in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Players come from major college conferences...


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    Baden, West Coast League Reach New Baseball Agreement March 10, 2015

    Baden’s Perfection® Collegiate baseball will remain the official ball of the WCL following contract renewal

    RENTON, Wash. (March 10, 2015) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced a multi-year contract renewal to continue as the official ball provider of the West Coast League (WCL), one of the premier collegiate summer baseball leagues in the country. The agreement extends a partnership that began in 2008 and designates Baden’s Perfection® Collegiate baseball as the official ball of the WCL. Member teams will receive complimentary game balls, reduced pricing on custom WCL balls and practice balls, and preferred pricing on team promotional balls, among other benefits, under terms of the deal.

    “Our company’s roots are in the Pacific Northwest, so supporting regional organizations like the WCL is something we take special pride in doing,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “We’re honored the league has chosen to extend our partnership and are confident its many talented coaches and players will continue to enjoy the advantages of our high-quality Perfection baseballs.”

    Baden’s Perfection® Collegiate 3B-PPRO-CL baseball is designed to meet the NCAA’s new flat-seam specification for 2015 – meaning a lower seam height of .031 inches, down from .048 – and features a premium leather cover, pro-grade wool windings and a cushioned cork center.

    “Baden consistently meets and exceeds the quality expectations of our coaches and players,” said Dennis Koho, WCL President. “We’re looking forward to using Baden baseballs in the WCL for years to come.”

    The WCL, founded in 2005, includes 12...


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    Axe Bat Named Official Bat of Salve Regina Baseball March 3, 2015

    Seahawks of Newport, R.I., become the latest college program to choose the Axe™ Bat exclusively

    RENTON, Wash. (March 3, 2015) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced its Axe™ Bat has been chosen as the official bat of the Salve Regina University baseball program. The Seahawks of Newport, R.I., are members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and compete at the NCAA Division III level. They join several other Division III programs, including nationally ranked Marietta College of Ohio and California Lutheran University, in swinging the Axe™ Bat this season.

    The Axe™ Bat is Baden’s newest equipment innovation and represents a radical new approach to bat design. Its axe-shaped handle features an oval-shaped bottom, an angled knob and a flush backside that fits ergonomically in a batter’s hand. The patented design has been scientifically proven to provide better grip stability, improved power transfer, and more barrel acceleration compared to bats with traditional round knobs and handles.1

    “The Axe Bat represents the future of bat design and is the first bat built from the ground up for the hitter,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “We’re excited to have Salve Regina swinging the Axe Bat this season and are looking forward to supporting the program’s continued growth and success.”

    The Axe™ Bat is approved for play at all amateur and professional levels, from Tee-ball to Major League Baseball, and is also being swung by several NCAA Division I programs this season.

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    Baden Named Official Ball of Bob Bertucci Volleyball Camps February 10, 2015

    Bob Bertucci, one of college volleyball’s winningest coaches, chooses Baden volleyballs to be used exclusively in multi-state camp program

    RENTON, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2015) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced it has been chosen to provide the official volleyball of the Bob Bertucci Volleyball Camps, one of the longest-running and most successful camp programs in the country.

    The multi-year agreement, effective immediately, designates Baden’s Perfection® volleyball as the official ball and ensures attendees at all Bertucci camps and clinics will experience the quality and performance advantages of Baden volleyballs through competition and instruction.

    The camps were founded 35 years ago by Bob Bertucci, now the head coach at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., with the goal of making quality volleyball instruction affordable and convenient to players of all ages and abilities. Today, camps are offered in nine different states for individuals and teams, with day, overnight and adult weekend sessions available. Participants learn the training methods that made Bertucci one of the most knowledgeable, successful and esteemed coaches in the profession; he has amassed more than 700 wins in 36 seasons at Army, Tennessee, Rutgers-Newark, Temple and Lehigh. Bertucci also coached with the U.S. national program and has authored several books on the sport.

    “We’re honored and excited to be working with Coach Bertucci,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “He’s a proven winner whose training techniques have been adopted by coaches around the world. We share his passion for the game and are confident his camp staffers and participants will find our Perfection volleyballs perform to the same high standards Coach Bertucci sets for his players and his program.”

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    Baden Named Official Ball of New England Region Volleyball Juniors December 17, 2014

    Baden’s Perfection volleyball to be used exclusively in club tournaments throughout the Northeast

    RENTON, Wash. (Dec. 17, 2014) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced its Perfection® volleyball has been selected as the official ball of the New England Region Volleyball Juniors (NERVA Juniors), whose nearly 50 member clubs and approximately 5,000 members span six Northeastern states.

    The multi-year adoption designates Baden’s Perfection VX5EC – the company’s highest-quality leather game ball – as the official ball to be used exclusively at tournaments hosted by NERVA Juniors, effective immediately.

    “We’re honored to be chosen as the official ball of NERVA Juniors and look forward to working with the region’s many talented players and coaches,” said Matt Holm, Vice President of Business Development, Baden Sports. “We’ve built our reputation at Baden on quality and innovation, and creating products that make the game better for the player. Our Perfection volleyball represents the best of what we offer and we’re excited for it to be used extensively throughout the region.”

    Baden also provides the official volleyball to many state high school associations – including the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) – many other regional clubs nationwide, and is the official court volleyball of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

    Baden’s Perfection VX5EC is constructed with full-grain, pre-sorted leather tanned for optimum touch and feel. Designed for maximum consistency and...


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    Baden Sports Announces SCOR™ Volleyball for Improved Performance, Versatility December 16, 2014

    New advanced microfiber game volleyball offers players more control, plays to individual preferences

    RENTON, Wash. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced an advanced microfiber game volleyball engineered to perform to players’ individual preferences. Featuring groundbreaking design and breakthrough technology, the new SCOR™ volleyball allows players – through the relative force and spin of their strikes – to determine how straight or unpredictable the ball flies, delivering a playing experience unmatched by current industry standards.

    “We design all of our products with the player in mind. But, with SCOR, it was very important to us that the player determined how the ball performed – not the other way around,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “We’re pleased with the result and confident that SCOR is a better microfiber ball than the ones being used at elite levels today. We think it has great potential and are excited for players and coaches to experience the difference.”

    Baden spent more than three years developing SCOR™, a process that included extensive wind tunnel analysis, computer modeling and beta testing with members of the U.S. Olympic Team, as well as with high school, college and club players in the U.S. and Canada. The ball expands Baden’s volleyball line-up – already one of the broadest and deepest in the industry – and offers a compelling response to the growing influence of the international game in North America.

    SCOR™ achieves its versatility through innovative design and construction. Notably, the ball has 12...


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    AVCA Renews Baden as Official Court Volleyball December 16, 2014

    Multi-year agreement extends corporate partnership, ensures Baden Sports will continue providing the AVCA’s official court volleyball

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) today announced a multi-year contract renewal of Baden Sports, Inc., as a corporate partner and provider of the “Official Court Volleyball of the AVCA.”

    The agreement extends a partnership that began in 2010 and precedes the AVCA Convention, Dec. 17-21, in Oklahoma City, where Baden will officially unveil its newest court volleyball, SCOR™, an advanced microfiber game ball engineered to perform to players’ individual preferences. Baden also will showcase two new volleyball carts – the Perfection® Hammock Cart and the Perfection® Portable Cart – with durable aluminum alloy frames and clear, non-marking rollerblade wheels for easy maneuverability. Both of the new carts come with an industry-first, three-year guarantee. All of the new products will be on display at Baden’s booth and at events throughout the convention, including the AVCA Minority Coaches Workshop and the AVCA Talent Showcase.

    “We’re pleased to be continuing our partnership with the AVCA and its member coaches,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “Like the AVCA, we are committed to growing and supporting the sport of volleyball. Our new products are among the highest-quality and most innovative we’ve ever brought to market, and we’re confident that they will improve the game for players and coaches at all levels.”

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    Baden Named Official Ball of the Puget Sound Region of USA Volleyball October 21, 2014

    Baden’s highest-quality leather game ball to be used exclusively in Puget Sound Region events starting this fall

    MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. (Oct. 21, 2014) – The Puget Sound Region of USA Volleyball (PSRVB) today announced Baden Sports, Inc., as its official ball provider, effective immediately.

    Baden’s highest-quality, leather game ball, the Perfection® VX5EC-210, featuring a red, white and navy color pattern, will be used exclusively in all PSRVB events starting this fall under terms of the adoption. Additionally, all PSRVB member clubs will be eligible for special discounts on Baden balls, carts and accessories for the duration of the multi-year agreement.

    Baden, with headquarters in Renton, Wash., provides the official ball to many state high school and coaching associations nationwide, including the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

    “Partnering with Baden makes perfect sense,” said John Bryant, Commissioner, PSRVB. “They are a company that provides huge benefits to the volleyball community and they are located right in our backyard.”

    The Puget Sound Region Power League, Regional Championship and Bid Tournament are among the events where the Perfection VX5EC-210 will be used exclusively.

    “As a family-owned company with deep roots in Western Washington, we’re excited to be partnering with the Puget Sound Region and supporting local players,” said Matt Holm, Vice President of Business Development. “We’re confident the club’s coaches...


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    Baden, Side-Out Foundation Team Up To Fight Breast Cancer September 16, 2014

    Baden to be the official ball of The Side-Out Foundation, create exclusive Dig Pink® line of volleyballs and other products to support Side-Out's mission

    RENTON, Wash. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced it has been selected to provide the official ball of The Side-Out Foundation, a Virginia-based non-profit organization dedicated to making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families by supporting clinical trials, increasing patient support services and educating communities.

    Baden will create an exclusive line of indoor, outdoor and novelty volleyballs featuring Side-Out's Dig Pink® logo and a pink color pattern, representing the international color of breast cancer awareness, as part of the multi-year agreement. The Side-Out line also will include select basketballs, soccer balls and softballs with the Dig Pink® logo.

    The new volleyballs will be used exclusively in Side-Out events, including high school, college and club matches sponsored by the organization, starting this fall.

    “We’re excited to be partnering with The Side-Out Foundation and helping raise awareness for such a worthy cause,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “At Baden, we’ve built our reputation on quality and innovation. We’re confident our volleyballs will provide a consistent, reliable and high-performing experience for participants in Side-Out’s events nationwide, while also serving as a reminder of the organization’s important work.”

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