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Rawlings – Difference Between RLLB vs RLLB1 Little League Baseballs

Rawlings RLLB and RLLB1 are Little League® branded baseballs for youth baseball players.

Both include Rawlings’s patented superstitch raised seams with full-grain leather.

RLLB baseballs come with cushioned cork center (has a rubber coating over the cork composite; read more about Different Types of Baseballs for Different Age Groups) and Extra-Innings Technology (higher grade yarn).

Rawlings Little League Baseballs (RLLB1 or RSGRLLB1)

  • Model: Rawlings RLLB1 or RSGRLLB1
  • Cover type: Full-grain leather
  • Stitch: Patented superstitch raised seams
  • Pill type: Composite cork and rubber center
  • Branding: Little League®
  • Cost: $ 58.45 / dozen
  • Released: 2021
  • Seamed: High seams
  • Intended players: Youth
  • NOTE: If you can, choose Rawlings RLLB for better bounce and seam quality

Rawlings Little League Baseballs (RLLB)

  • Model: Rawlings RLLB
  • Cover type: Full-grain leather
  • Stitch: Patented superstitch raised seams
  • Pill type: Cushioned cork center
  • Branding: Little League®
  • Cost: $ 71.95 / dozen
  • Released: 2021
  • Seamed: High seams
  • Intended players: Youth
  • Additional feature: EIT (Extra Innings Technology)

Which Rawlings Little League Baseballs Should You Buy?

Rawlings RLLB and RLLB1 baseballs come with a genuine leather cover.

RLLB1 baseballs use 100% composite and rubber cork centers (without cushion) surrounded by less-tensile yarn material.

Yarn windings for RLLB1 baseballs are not tightly wound compared to RLLB baseballs. That results in RLLB1 baseballs developing flat spots quickly after being hit repeatedly.

RLLB baseballs, on the other hand, come with cushioned cork centers (rubber shells), and the use of more tensile quality yarn materials, winding method, and glue all contribute to what Rawlings calls Extended Innings Technology (EIT).

What is Extended Innings Technology?
EIT keeps baseballs more firm by applying waterproofing glue with tight raised seams to protect the ball from moisture and humidity. EIT baseballs are used in high school and college level play and will supposedly last 15% longer with the same great consistency and moisture protection

RLLB1 baseballs are perfect for 9 to 10-year-old players because players at this level do not hit the ball that hard.

Rawlings RLLB baseballs are perfect for 11 to 12 year-old players because these baseballs tend to better resist baseballs from being easily dented.

Rawlings RLLB1 baseballs usually cost about 20% less than Rawlings RLLB baseballs.

You can read more about different types of baseballs here.

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