RagBall claim to deliver much of the action of real baseballs. However, while they may be safe thanks to their textile inner core and spun yarn winding, they certainly are much softer than a real baseball. Unfortunately they are too soft. Therefore it is not a viable option for baseball batting practice at competitive level.

They are soft and lightweight with polyester covers and are stuffed with textile fabrics. Great for all ages, especially children learning how to throw and catch.

The fabric-covered balls can even be washed and dried, often advertised as machine washable.

The official safety ball of the American Softball Assoc. (ASA). The “No sting- cloth covered balls” are widely distributed. They are produced in many sizes and colors. They have styles names specific to their purpose. Their product line includes Ragball Softball 12”, Ragball Softball 16”, Sporttime Ragball and Ragball No Sting Fluoresant.



Ragball vs Smushball

In regards to a indoor solution for batting practice. If attempting to t compare Ragball to the Smushball the Ragball fails miserably.



 Smushballs vs Ragballs




Pros -

  1. Became a good alternative as cheaper than baseballs. 
  2. You can use outdoors without a net. 
  3. No protective screen needed for the thrower.  Use indoors.

Cons –

  1. Does not work well in windy conditions. 
  2. Balls are less expensive but break and tear easy if used a lot. 
  3. No protective screen needed but the balls can hurt the thrower if it hits them square. 
  4. When swinging, you do not get a real feel for hitting a ball as it is light and the ball just jumps off the bat whether it is a good swing or bad.
  5. The Ragball will become lop-sided and uneven after repeated use.
  6. The uneven sizing and light weight does not provide for accuracy when throwing pitches during batting practice.


Pros –

  1. Coaches from high school to little league both baseball and softball are switching to these balls.  Less expensive option and they are durable for multiple years as they do not crack or break.  (Still using the original ones from three years ago) 
  2. Can be used outside in rain, snow etc.  No nets are required.  Can be hit against fences with no damage to the fence.  Can be used indoors with not nets or cages. 
  3. Can hit against the wall with no damage to wall or ball or floor.  If the ball hits a pitcher, it bounces off.  For the batter, if they do not hit it square with a good swing, the ball will squib. 
  4. Can be used on tees and other exercises. 
  5. Can be used before a game and groups of players can quickly warm up with batting on opposing fields. 
  6. Can be used to help catchers with blocking drills. 
  7. A person can throw these balls without hurting their shoulders or arms. 
  8. Plus much more!



Other alternatives to baseballs are: Wiffle Ball, Whiffle Ball, Pickle Ball, Rag Ball, Baseball, Indoor baseball, Indoor softball, Safety Ball, Batting Practice Ball(s), Jugs Balls, Plastic baseball, Dimple Ball, Plastic Golf balls, Baseball, Training, Physical education ball, T-Ball, Flip Ball, Total Control Ball, TCB Ball, Perforated Plastic Balls, Pitching Machine Balls, Soft Foam Safety Balls, ASI Heavy Duty Plastic Balls, Dimpled Balls.