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How To Buy A Youth Baseball Bat

Choosing the perfect baseball bat is not as easy as it used to be. Improvements in technology have created more options than ever before, but this also means a better chance that you will find the baseball bat that was absolutely meant for you. Whether you are just getting started and need a Tee Ball Bat, playing travel ball and need a USA Baseball Bat or a USSSA Baseball Bat, or you are an older player looking for the hottest BBCOR Baseball Bat, Baseball Express has you covered.

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Nothing quite beats the sound of a baseball connecting with a wooden bat. Traditionally made from Ash, Maple and Birch bats have become increasingly more popular over the last few years. While wooden bats offer that classic feel and sound, they are more susceptible to cracking and breaking than composite, alloy, and hybrid bats. COST: $50 - $300

If you are still unsure about your purchase, let us help! One of our baseball bat experts will be happy to help find the right bat to fit your requirements. Give us a call at 833-908-3993 or email us directly at [email protected]

Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.

As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit

Little League youth baseball is a great physical activity as well as a learning and social experience for a child. Getting the right youth baseball bat can help your child's batting game. The following information can help you choose a bat for your child's Little League season.

Try 26-inch baseball bats for children between 3 feet and 3 feet 4 inches tall with cleats. Use the same measure for a child in a softball league. For every 4 inches to 5 inches taller, buy a baseball bat 1 inch longer. Baseball bats should be just tall enough to reach your child's hip from the floor. For children under 60 pounds, 26- to 29-inch baseball bats are recommended. Children over 70 pounds can use a 28- to 32-inch baseball bat. Let your child try the bat. The length should only be increased 1 inch at a time to let your child's swing gradually adjust to the new size of bat.

New technology has drastically changed the way baseball and softball bats have been produced over the last decade or so. Bats are no longer made of just Aluminum like the old days, but now include Composite Technology which allows the barrel to compress more which in turn allows the ball to trampoline further. Walking into a store or searching online for a new baseball bat can become very overwhelming with bat sizes, drops, sanctioning, and barrel sizes. This isn't even taking into the consideration the Branding on each model.

Although there are many different ways to measure yourself for the perfect bat length, the perfect solution is picking it up and swinging it. Finding a good starting point can be pulled from Charts and Knowledge of coaches and parents, but swinging the bat itself will always get you where you need to be without headache. Oh, and don't forget... Thats the fun part! If you are new to baseball, or just want to get a good starting point on where you should be, follow the steps below:

The best youth bat depends on the league in which you play. For USA, we like the 2022 ADV drop 10. In USSSA, we like the DeMarini CF in a drop 8 for 2022. However, there are plenty of other solid options at different price points.

We have kept track of the best youth bats ever on this page for some time. Below is our best-ever list of little league and youth baseball bats. These bats are mostly illegal and almost impossible to find except for a good ebay search.

We have hit with drop 8 bats more than any other line or niche of bats. Many, including the CF ZEN and Beast, are fantastic. But the Marucci CAT 7, with its single-piece feel and beautiful ping pop, is our favorite. We have yet to find a player that can swing a drop 8 correctly who does not just love the bat. The CAT 7 comes in several other sizes too. The BBCOR is also one of our favorites, and so is the drop 10 JBB version. But, the drop 8, tops our list of best drop 8 baseball bats. We also love the CAT 7 because the price point is at least a little more manageable than other top-tiered bats. Those who swing the CAT 7 drop 8 will never go back.

We asked over 2,000 of our readers their thoughts on the best youth bats. We document the responses in the chart below. Under the USA and USSSA sections, you can see most users use (1) Demarini and (2) Marucci in USSSA. For USA, the race is close, but Slugger, DeMarini, and Easton own a pretty similar market share.

The bat your child swings now could be a huge help or hindrance indeveloping sound swing mechanics that will propel them to the next level.Follow the tips in this guide to choose the right youth baseball bat for your aspiring LittleLeaguer or developing middle school player.

Does your little leaguer dream of making itto the Show? Does your middle school player want to make varsity and earnscholarship playing at the next levels? A properly weighted, well-crafted woodbaseball bat could be the best investment you can make to develop their game.

Youth wood bats also come in a variety oflengths and weights. That means that kids of all ages and sizes can find theright-sized bat. Bat weight is the most important thing to consider when buyinga youth bat.

The right type of youth wood baseball batdepends on the hitter. Phoenix Bats makes 3 youth models all made from birchwood, which is best suited for players swinging their first wood bat. AllPhoenix Bats youth wood bats meet or exceed USABat and Little League standardsfor game use.

Many baseball players mistakenly believe a longer bat means more plate coverage, but this is not always true. Since a longer bat often means a heavier feeling bat, a bat that is too long for you can slow down your timing and prevent you from catching up to and hitting inside pitches. Even some Major League players swing bats as short as 32 inches. When choosing your bat length, you should keep plate coverage in mind. You should also consider your swing and stance relative to the plate.

As a general rule of thumb, the higher the competition or league level (meaning, from youth league up to the pros) the lesser the weight drop. A lesser weight drop means the bat feels heavier. So a -5 bat will feel heavier than a -10 bat.

Most common weight drops in various baseball leagues are -12, -10, -9, -8, -5, and -3. As you progress toward high school baseball, the weight drop lowers (the bats become heavier). When moving to a heavier bat, you may then decide to drop an inch in length to more easily handle the additional weight. This is a matter of personal preference and comfort at the plate as you advance in age, league and skill level.

USSSA (United States Sports Specialty Association) is one of the largest baseball associations in the United States. USSSA separates their regulations by age group, with a range of permitted weight drops and barrel diameters. In order to find the most accurate information about what can be used in your USSSA league, we recommend contacting your coach and/or league official, or checking the USSSA website.

Weight drops vary in Senior League baseball, but players 10 years old and under often use -10 weight drop bat. Players 12 years old and under often use a -8 weight drop, and 13 year old players often use a -5 weight drop.**

It took me weeks of research to answer most of these questions to my satisfaction. Baseball vendors and resellers are light on information, but fortunately there is good information available from Alan Nathan, Daniel Russell, and other scientists who study the physics of baseball. The components of good hitting can be learned from any competent baseball coach or coaching book.

For some players, having a bat you like and believe in may boost your confidence and therefore help with readiness. But the reality is that any hitter can become appropriately ready by following a simple formula. Many major league players swear by the book, The Mental Game of Baseball, which discusses this issue and many others related to the mental side of baseball. I will try to distill the concept of readiness down into one paragraph:

Of course, conditions in the real world are often a little messy. A ding on the bat, a gust of wind, a moist baseball . . . these and many other factors can cause the distance to come out differently from the value calculated by a simplified model.

The value of q for a 30in, 18oz youth baseball bat ranges from .12 to .15, depending on the bat. The player who hit a home run at our local field was using an expensive, end loaded Easton XL1 bat with a q I estimate at .15 and had an unusually high swing speed for a 10-year-old of approximately 45 MPH. Had he used a bat with q = .12 with the same launch angle, bat speed, and pitch speed, the ball would have been hit 166 feet instead of 180 feet and would therefore not have cleared the fence for a home run. So using a bat with higher q did matter, by 14 feet.

The astute reader will have already realized that buying a $300 bat is not going to help hit the ball much further for the majority of youth baseball players below the age of 11. Only players who are already consistently able to contact the ball with fast swings benefit significantly from a high q bat. 041b061a72


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