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April 16, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The New Combat Company









HISTORY OF COMBAT SPORTS INC.

Rich in composite sporting goods history, Combat Sports (and its affiliated companies) have been designing and manufacturing composite and hybrid-composite baseball bats and hockey sticks for brand name companies since 1994.

Terry Sutherland (founder and co-owner of Combat Sports) was a VP of General Electric – Canada, in charge of the company’s materials and technology division. After leading a management buyout of GE’s Canadian composite division (FRE Composites) in 1988, Terry and his team went on to design and manufacture products for NASA, the US military as well as several high end industrial products used in various applications such as the construction of the English Channel. It was only fitting that when the hockey industry wanted to introduce a new, revolutionary hockey stick product made from composite materials that they would turn to Terry Sutherland.

In late 1992, Canstar Sports, a holding company for many of hockey’s greatest brands (including Bauer, D’aoust, Micron, Lange and Cooper) approached Terry to produce the worlds first ever composite hockey shaft (up until this point, aluminum was the most advanced material used in hockey shafts). With a passion for the game that started with his father who was a member of the NY Rovers during the 1940’s, Terry quickly took an interest in the project. Later that year, Terry and Canstar reached an agreement to start a joint venture company, which acted as the design and manufacturing arm for all Bauer Hockey composite products.

In 1993, Canstar Composites Technology Inc., (CCTI) was born, which marked the beginning of a company that would change the hockey and baseball industry forever. By late 1994, the world’s first commercially successful composite shaft hit the market, under the Bauer name, designed and manufactured in Ottawa, Ontario by CCTI. Terry quickly hired Stephen Fitzgerald (Combat’s current VP – Engineering), Fred St. Laurent (Combat’s current VP - Development), Kurtis Watson (Combat’s current VP - Manufacturing), and Steven Sutherland (Combat’s current President).

From 1994 to 1997, CCTI designed the most advanced hockey sticks ever to hit the ice, producing over a million units under the Bauer brand, including pro product for their fleet of NHL players (Pavel Bure, Scott Stevens, Trevor Linden to name a few).

In 1997, Nike, the world’s largest footwear company, purchased Canstar Sports and its affiliated brands. Consistent with the Nike philosophy regarding North American manufacturing, they quickly began to shut down all North American manufacturing, moving production to China. This would not deter CCTI, as Terry and his ownership group would reach an agreement with Nike to purchase the Joint Venture Company outright, making it a stand alone company and positioning it to now supply to all major brands in the industry. At that point, the company changed its name to CE Composites Hockey Inc., (CE Composites).

By 1998, CE Composites negotiated supplier agreements with most of the major players in the hockey industry, including Hespeler, Louisville, Sherwood, Mission, and Victoriaville as well as continuing to produce composite sticks for Nike/Bauer. If you wanted to sell a composite hockey product in the 1990’s, you wanted CE Composites making it for you. They were the “who’s who” of design and manufacturing and sought after by all major brands looking to produce composite hockey sticks.

CE Composites would continue to produce composite hockey sticks for the better part of the decade, however cost pressures from China and Mexico became greater and greater as the decade neared an end.

Once again, faced with adversity, CE Composites was not deterred from continuing its mission to produce superior advanced composite products for the sporting goods industry. In 1999, the company would make another big leap forward, developing the world’s first commercially viable composite softball bat. After meeting with the industry’s top players, they would soon reach a supplier agreement with Worth, a market leader in the baseball / softball business, to design and produce Worth’s flagship bats, winners of three consecutive Bat Wars.™

With the new found growth in the baseball / softball business and the continuing price constraints from Chinese manufacturers in the hockey business, the company would make the decision in 1999 to exit the OEM hockey business to focus on the rapidly growing baseball / softball division.

The company would continue to design and manufacture baseball / softball product for many of the industry’s market leaders up until 2004, including Worth, Rawlings, Nike and others.

In 2004, K2 Sports, one of the worlds largest sporting goods company acquired Worth and Rawlings, CE Composites two largest customers. Faced with the possibility of once again losing its main customers to offshore, lower cost manufacturing, CE Composites made a company altering decision: to create a unique identity, one focused on a true players’ product lineup under their own brand and Combat Sports was born.

Fairweather Sports (led by Don Cooper, Combat’s current VP of Sales and Marketing) was quickly retained as Combat’s exclusive USA distributor bringing needed baseball and softball marketing expertise into the mix.

During this same time period, Steven Sutherland started a side project to pursue a life long passion: to build a new type of hockey company, with a philosophy built on superior service, advanced materials technology, and superior products designed “For Players, By Players”. Ballistik Hockey was born in 2002 and would quickly become a viable business, carving a niche amongst elite level players all over the world.

Since 2004, Combat Sports has emerged as the fastest growing brand within the baseball / softball industry. Armed with the momentum of that growth, combined with its longstanding expertise in the design and manufacturing of composite sporting goods products, Combat Sports amalgamated Fairweather Sports and subsequently Ballistik Hockey bringing the Sutherland Father / Son and Fairweather teams together, creating the platform for a company destined to change the hockey and baseball / softball industries forever…..

Today, we have grown to over 100 employees and have distribution worldwide; we continue to be the fastest growing brand in the sports of softball, baseball and hockey.

Our success is simple:

Everyone at Combat Sports has a genuine love and enthusiasm for the game and our product. Our staff consists of elite level players, past greats and weekend warriors that truly understand the players needs. Not only are we regarded as composite design, manufacturing, and engineering experts, but we are also die hard fans and players of the games. Above all, we strive to understand what players need and want. We truly live by our motto:

"FOR PLAYERS, BY PLAYERS..."

March 31, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Z2000 vs miken ultra II

Durability has been a problem for the Z2000. Make sure you ask for a replacement with a warranty. Z2000+ and Z3000 are supposed to resolve the durability issues but the release date has been pushed back to mid April on the 2000+ and November on the 3000. Although the Z2000 is a good bat it will not hit as far as an UltraII, unless you get one of the bad batches.
March 29, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Z2000 vs miken ultra II

down2earthsports.com has the legit for 179.90
March 25, 2013
ju25
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player looking to get on a team downriver michigan

Sorry to hear that, Chuck. Sun Devils (Tuesday) folded for the same reason. Will you be in Novi tomorrow?
March 24, 2013
ju25
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player looking to get on a team downriver michigan

Hi Dave,

Hows everything with you? I'm all healed up now, knees feel good. Chompin' at the bit for this weather to break. Are you hitting at Novi with BC, Mike and the boys?
March 24, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ANYBODY HERE ANYTHING ABOUT DEAD REEBOK VECTORS?

Both the ASA and USSSA Melees have gotten good reviews.
March 22, 2013
ju25
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player looking to get on a team downriver michigan

Good luck on that Dan. Dearborn used to have a real good 50+ Monday night league, but that folded 2 years ago. My 50+ team had to drop down to the 40+ league and the competition is not very good. Nearest 50+ league that I know of is in Warren. There is a morning 55+ travel league (CanAm) that has teams out of Dearborn, Taylor, Oak Park, Livonia, Warren, Sterling Heights, and Windsor.
March 19, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Monsta Z-Bra

Navy,

What kind of balls are you hitting in the dome? In dome ball around here(Michigan) we hit the Incrediball. That ball is so spongy it has no effect on the durability of bats.
March 15, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken 2 piece End Load (supermax)

Just read that the release date of the Z3000 has been pushed back to June.
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMBAT BANKRUPTCY

Once again another thread hijacked. Getting back on the topic of Combats Bankruptcy I got this on another site from VP of Combat Sports; #1
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As you all know we are going through some strange times at Combat.

couple things

1. There is a spot for the combatants in the Seattle Major. Strojan is handling the event for me this year with everything we have going on.

2. As you all know our partner company in Canada was taken into recevership thus having a Chapter 15 restraining order filed against us here in the US to protect assets owned by a foregin bank. We filled nothing in the US this is all been forced on us from the Canadian banking system.

3. The current Majority ownership and employees of Combat are prepairing to bid/purchase the entire company ... Manufacturing plant, brand , Combat USA, inventory, etc.
Making the compnay employee owned and operated has always been the dream, the Candian engineers, President and manufacturing team are coming together with the sales, marketing and players to form a Players by Players complete company. There is always a risk that someone out bids the employee backed move but as in any Derby adventure, all you can do is go balls out and make it work.

4. I have been asked by people how did this happen... The short answer is a youth baseball organization put a moratorium on high performing bats in Dec. of 2010 -- Combat as a entire Company backed by the manufaturing arm in Canada made the call to be fair to all retailers and consumers to take back the 35,000+ bats in the field. This process cost just over 5 million dollars. The plant has been fighting that battle ever since, and just ran out of time. No matter what happens it was the right thing to do, we could not stick our dealers or customers with a product they could not use. Not the Derby way!


5. I fully feel that we will come out of this stronger, better and unified. We are having great support form dealers like Softball Fans. Bryan is a true friend to us.

Most of all we could not do this with out all you Derby Life and Combatants .....

Thanks to everyone and my apologies that this happend on my watch........

March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Other bats

If it is as hot as a Gray Ultra it will not pass the 1.21 bpf test. Titaniums are not as hot as senior bats with 44/375 balls.
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken 2 piece End Load (supermax)

TPS doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to durability. High performing bats that don't last very long. SB34 Genesis, Black Nexus,Z2000, all great bats, but all are known for poor durability. Supposedly that problem has been taken care of with the Z3000 line . Allan55, you say the 3000 has better (incredible)durability, but as far as I know this bat is a preorder and is not sheduled for release until April? Tim, Stadium balls are.47cor/450comp. It's amazing that a senior bat could withstand that kind of punishment. I am a soon to be 60 year old and I would never use a senior bat in temps below 60. I have broken USSSA and ASA bats with 44/375 balls in 50 degree weather, and I'm a linedrive, once in awhile HR hitter.
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

HJ,
Composite bats develop cracks and will still last for years. I had a first batch Synergy that developed vertical cracks in less than 100 swings, that lasted 6 more years until it actually broke. A crack in a composite bat is something that happens naturally after use and doesn't necessaraly mean the bat was altered. USSSA has a rule that if the Ump finds a crack in a bat it should be removed from play. Due to the high rate of bat doctoring USSSA has changed their bat standard for 2013. The new bats are supposed to be made to unravel when they exceed the 1.20 bpf.
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

By the way Easton stamps there name on the inside of the barrel and therefore leaves no doubt to whether or not the bat has been shaved. If you send back an Easton and the stamp is not visible they will not honor the warranty. Maybe the other companies should do this. Sorry to say but cheating has been going on forever. Cork in wood, tennis balls in aluminum etc. When you call a young gun out on an altered bat there response is" If you ain't cheating, you ain't competing". Sad!!
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

If your going to shave a senior bat you better have deep pockets. 50 bucks for 50 swings(if that) is not worth it. Used to be that altered bats were only used in upper level ball, but now it has filtered down to the lower levels(D-E) and even league ball. If you need to use a shaved or altered bat in senior ball you seriously need to find another hobby. How are you gonna feel when you seriously hurt someone because you had to use a thunderstick. Doctors pop the endcap to shave them so why can't you pop them to check them.
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 on third

I agree with Webbie25 on this one. Outfielders must play at a depth where they can throw a runner out, but I like to move an outfielder into the infield in hopes of getting a ground ball that you may have a chance of turning two. As an outfielder, with these bats and balls you have to play deeper in order to cover the gaps. Unless you know the hitter there are too many guys who will drop singles all day and burn you if you move in.
March 14, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Other bats

Most of the other associations older composites will take 300+ swings to break-in and last forever. They can be had for under $200 and come with a 1 year warranty. The new stamp(USSSA 2013) models will break-in much faster, but not last as long. The new bats are made to unravel when they exceed the 1.20 bpf. I use my other association bats for bp, sometimes in temps below 50. My first composite was a Miken Velocit-E which was very hot but broke early in it's second season(Used in fall ball,temps below 40). This is when I found out that composites break from the inside out. I learned that you have to break-in the fibers(first 50-100 swings at 1/2-3/4 speed) before you swing all out and rotate the bat after every swing. I have owned 30+ composite bats since 2001 and have 28 left. IMO Miken, Easton, Demarini, & Worth seem to last forever. Mizuno,TPS(Louisville Slugger) and Combat perform well but lack in durability. Bats I have broken include Mizuno Wrath 120, Wrath Extended, Blur Advanced, Combat B1,Uncensored,PM Virus, and TPS SB101 Genesis, and Black Nexus. Only senior bat I broke was a Worth 454. Bat was a dud(200+ swings and still behind my ASA bats) so I tried hitting some old red dots(50/575+) 20 swings and the bat cracked. My gamers for USSSA were a Miken MV-1,Easton CNT+, and Combat Gear Supremacy.
March 12, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Monsta Athletics Senior Bats

I scrolled back to March and found Steves old post, Cal 50, maybee you could get Steve to update us with the progress on this bat. Here is his old post;March 12, 2012
Mac 21
3 posts


GSC Bats
This is Steve McKinlay. I play with Demolition GSC. For the record, I partnered with Bill Gateley over a year ago, first to perfect the Veteran bat being built in China, and ultimately to build a new bat in the United States. The process of building this bat has taken far longer than we originally anticipated, but it is far better than we could have hoped for. My motivation to get in to the bat business was because I was tired of spending thousands of dollars, and seeing my teammates spend thousands of dollars, on bats that were breaking. In the last month, it was discovered that Bill Gateley had been perpetuating misrepresentations about GSC without my knowledge. Bill is now legally disassociated from GSC completely. Since Bill’s departure, I have received multiple notices of faulty GSC bats sold and promises of replacement, that I had no knowledge of. I will honor those replacements. I am continuing the manufacturing process of the new Veteran Core bat. We will introduce it by May. We are gearing up for full scale production and inventory reserves so that we are ready for sales. I will honor any bat breakage issues for any GSC bats, past and future. You may contact me directly at steve@gscbats.com but I prefer you call me on our toll free number (888) 459-7040. My hope is that you will be patient as we bring this bat to market. It is 100% made in the USA, something we all can be proud to be a part of.
March 12, 2013
ju25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Monsta Athletics Senior Bats

44/375 balls are still legal in ASA. Starting next year it will be the 52/300 only, except for senior events, were the 44/375 ball can be used.

If my memory serves correct GSC came into existence in 2010. They produced the White Veteran. In September I ordered a White Vet, but they could not guarantee I would receive it before Winter Nationals(Oct./2010) so I cancelled my order and received my money back (thank God). They also had the GBA 1 piece with the flag on it, hot but terrible durability. Then came out with the 2 piece GBA , the one I swang felt good but lacked in performance. Steve McKinlay hooked up with Bill Gately(Gates) in January of 2011 to produce the solid core bat. They were going to use computers to produce these bats in China. Couldn't be done so they moved the project back to the USA. They use to report on here that they were having problems, but to remain patient. Bill Gately was let go from the company in March of 2012 and Steve took over the project. Steve use to report updates, but hasn't done so in a while . I believe Steve said he wasn't responsible for any bats ordered before January of 2011, but would send bats to these people, if and when they ever become available. The Spirit is an ASA bat.
March 10, 2013
ju25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat/ball combos of yesteryear

CU31 came first, C405's were introduced in 1996.
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