Baseball bats come in various sizes. There are different lengths, weights, and materials to choose from, which can make buying the right baseball bat complicated. Here are the considerations to keep in mind as you search for the perfect bat.
Before the upcoming season starts, find out what guidelines your child’s baseball league follows. The most common governing bodies for baseball bats include:
Every baseball league follows a specific bat standard for its equipment regulations. Check with your child’s coach to ensure you purchase the proper bat. As a general guide:
Once you know what bat standards to follow, the next factor is determining the right measurement. Too long, and your child’s swing mechanics may be off. Too short, and the bat limits the amount of plate coverage.
Bats range from 26 inches to 34 inches long. To help you find the correct length, try one of these methods:
The best weight is based on your child’s upper body strength. Be care when choosing a bat’s weight as it can affect the mechanics of your child’s swing. When a bat is too heavy for the hitter, the hitter typically swings slower or behind the ball, and can result in a swing and a miss. A heavy bat can also cause a player to drop their hands or swing under the ball, as it’s too heavy for them to lift through the entire swing. If you choose a bat that’s too light, then it can result in swinging too quickly and take away some of the power of the swing.
Test baseball bat weight with one of the following methods:
Bats come in four main varieties:
The flex and energy transfer of these two build options vary significantly. One-piece bats are a single, continuous piece of metal. There is little flex in the bat, resulting in little energy loss. This produces a balanced, powerful swing, but poor hits can sting the hands.
Two-piece bats involve welding the barrel and handle together. This split design creates more flex for faster bat speeds and also withstands vibrations more effectively. This makes it a good option for players looking to curb that stinging feeling.
The way a bat feels in a player’s hands is more important than any performance review. That’s why it’s important to let your child test out bats in real life. Visit a sporting goods store and let them practice swinging. Whichever length, weight, and material feels the most natural is the one they should use. Though keep in mind, your child will automatically be attracted to the bats that “look cool” no matter how big the bat is, so it make take some convincing that it may not be the right bat for them. Patience is key for the bat buying process.
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