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Youth Baseball Network Names Axe Bat Official Bat

06/08/2015, 6:15pm CDT

BOSTON, MA (June 8, 2015) – Youth Baseball Network (YBN), a newly formed marketing and online media company dedicated to the Youth Baseball Industry, has announced that the Axe™ Bat from Baden Sports will serve as the official bat of Youth Baseball Network and the YBN National Championship. 

The Axe™ Bat is an entirely new concept for bats where science meets tradition. The axe-shaped handle is ergonomically designed to give a player added benefits such as: improved grip stability, better bat control, more efficient power transfer, and a reduced risk of injury. The Axe™ Bat is approved at all levels of play in baseball, fastpitch, and slowpitch. This includes Pro, NCAA, NFHS, USSSA, ASA, Pony, Little League, ISA, and more.Youth Baseball Network’s initial marketing effort is the YBN National Championship ~ an annual ‘Tournament of Champions’ played every August in Branson, Mo.  It will feature the 12U Champions of several major youth baseball organizations.  The premiere championship will be Aug. 19-22, 2015. 

The organizations participating in 2015 are: AABC, AAU, CABA, Dizzy Dean and NABF.  YBN anticipates additional organizations joining the tournament in 2016.

Gil Vieira, Founder and CEO of Youth Baseball Network stated, “We’re extremely pleased to be working with Baden Sports and assisting with the promotion of their Axe™ Bat line.  Baden has been considered a premier brand in the sports industry for years ~ and their innovative Axe Bat line provides players a great alternative.  We’re pleased to have Axe join our overall efforts promoting this great game, including developing such an important championship for the Youth Baseball Industry.”

Added Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports: “We are excited to be an early partner of the YBN and are looking forward to working with them to grow the sport of youth baseball nationwide. Youth coaches and players are among the most loyal users of the Axe Bat, and more are discovering it daily, because it offers maximum performance while also encouraging proper swing mechanics and fundamentals.”

The partnership will also provide YBN and Axe™ Bat with co-branding marketing opportunities across advertising, digital and grassroots platforms. 

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About Youth Baseball Network: Youth Baseball Network is a marketing and online media company focused on the Youth Baseball Industry.  Its website will be a multifunctional information source and Internet portal for the industry.  It will be a branded, one-stop destination for youth baseball. (It will feature information and stories ranging from T-ball through 18U playing organized ball and travel ball.)  In addition, YBN will become a leading media outlet for viewing and purchasing of high-quality youth baseball programming, plus a source for high-definition productions.  For more information visit:

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About Baden Sports / Axe™ Bat:  Baden Sports, Inc., an independent, family-owned company based in Renton, Wash., is a designer and producer of high-quality athletic balls and the new Axe™ Bat. The Axe™ Bat represents the latest in cutting-edge bat design, with a shape that improves player performance, promotes proper swing mechanics and allows players to train longer, safer. The ergonomic design of the axe-shaped handle provides better bat control, grip stability and power transfer, while also reducing the risk of hand injuries and thrown bats. 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. For 35 years, Baden’s product innovation and leadership have led conferences, programs and coaches at all levels to choose Baden as their official ball. For more information, visit and

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