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*****Choosing a Bat*****

 

ANY COMPOSITE BAT MUST BE APPROVED BY THE LITTLE LEAGUE ORGANIZATION AND ON THE LITTLELEAGUE.ORG WEBSITE. MUST HAVE THE PRINT OUT VERIFYING THAT MODEL NUMBER OF BAY AT THE GAME IF YOU PLAN ON USING THE BAT OR PLAYER MAY BE CALLED OUT.

 

Jr. High and High School length to weight ratio is a maximum of -3. The maximum barrel diameter can be 2 5/8". The new certification is BBCOR for 2011 and beyond.

 

When choosing a baseball bat, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration, including level of play, size of the batter, cost and comfort.

Aluminum / composite baseball bats are generally preferred to wooden bats due to their light weight and high strength (note: pro players are allowed to use wood bats only). Lighter bats are generally preferable to heavier bats as they allow the hitter to generate enough speed to put some "oomph" into it (although there are restrictions about bat weights at most levels). Additionally, aluminum bats can provide more "pop" of the baseball off the bat, and are much more durable (therefore cost effective) than wooden bats. Bats today are becoming increasingly high tech and expensive - with youth bats reaching $200+ price levels.

  Here is a great article about "the golfer syndrome", where players and parents purchase expensive bats thinking that they will solve their problems.

The comfort of the baseball bat to the hitter is the most important factor in choosing a bat. As with any piece of sports equipment, be it your baseball glove or hockey skates - the more comfortable you are the better. Take a few swings with the bat and try to picture yourself in a game. Better yet, borrow a bat from one of your teammates and see how it feels - a swing in the store doesn't always feel like a swing at the plate! When choosing a bat for younger players, make sure they can swing the bat without struggling - we've all seen the young players struggling to swing bats that are far too big for them.

 Size of the Bat (Length and Weight)

Another important factor in choosing the right sized baseball bat is the height of the batter. In general, tall batters should use longer bats. Below are two tables with general guidelines for choosing baseball bat length.

  Bat Length Guidelines:

 

Age

Bat Length

  or

Player Height

Bat Length

5-7

24" - 26"

 

5' - 5' 6"

32"

8-9

26"-28"

 

5'6" - 6'

33"

10-11

28"-30"

 

6' +

34"

11-12

30"-32"

 

 

 

13-14

31"-32"

 

 

 

15-16

32"-33"

 

 

 

17+

34"

 

 

 

Worth Sports conducted a study with the University of Arizona, in which they determined the best bat weights for hitters, based on their height. The table below summarizes their findings. Note: Add one ounce for fastpitch softball bats.

  Bat Weight Guidelines:

 

A. High School & College Baseball

 B. Youth League Baseball
(11-12 yrs)

 C. Youth League Baseball
(8-10 yr. olds)

Player Height (in.)

Best Bat Wt (oz.)

Player Weight (lbs.)

Best Bat Wt (oz.)

Player Height (in.)

Best Bat Wt (oz.)

>66

>27

>70

>18

>48

>16

>68

>27.5

>80

>19

>50

>16.5

>70

>28

>90

>19.5

>52

>17

>72

>29

>100

>20

>54

>17.5

>74

>30

>110

>20.5

>56

>18

>76

>30.5

>120

>21

>58

>18.5

>Formula: Height/3 + 5

>130

>21.5

>60

>19

 

 

>140

>22

>Formula:Height/4 + 4

 

 

>150

>23

 

 

 

 

Formula: Weight/18 + 14

 

    

D. FastPitch Softball

(Women)

Player Weight

(lbs.)

Best Bat Weight (oz.)

100

23

110

24

120

25

130

26

140

26.5

150

27

160

28

170

28.5

180 

29

Formula:Weight/15+17

 

(Men and Women)

Player Weight

(lbs.)

Best Bat Weight (oz.)

100

22

120

23

140

24

160

25

180

26

200

27

220

28

230

29

240

30

260 

31

280

32

Formula: Weight19 +17

 
 
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