Knowing Youth Baseball Equipment…Picking Out the Right Sized Baseball Bat for Your Player

Picking the correct/proper bat for players

*There is no absolute rule/formula/specific test for picking the proper size bat for a player, but here are some of the things that I have found, which greatly help the process

-Rule #1 – If the bat swings the player, instead of the player swinging the bat, the bat is too big

-If the player cannot hold the bat straight out with 1 hand for nearly 20 seconds without struggling to keep it straight out, the bat is too heavy/big

-If the player cannot take a swing and keep the bat on plane for the entire duration of the swing, the bat is too heavy/big – In other words, if the swing looks more like a bowl shape than a swing plane which flattens out as it is moving through the hitting zone (or over home plate)

-If the player is having trouble catching up to, and hitting the baseball, with either a regular front-toss or soft-toss, the bat is too heavy/big

-If the player is swinging correctly, yet is rarely, if ever, hitting the ball on the barrell of the bat, the bat is too heavy/big

Generally speaking

6-8 year olds => 25 to 28 Inches

9-10 year olds =>27 to 30 inches

11-12 year olds => 29-32 Inches

Sr. League/JV/Varsity – 31-33 (-3 oz.)

Very few players can handle a 34-inch bat very well – Only for exceptions to the rule

-Corey Twigg

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