Here are some key things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect youth bat:
- Size and weight of the bat matter. These are the most important factors, because it allows players to work on their hitting mechanics, batting stance, and swing speed.
- Regarding weight, most youth bats feature a length to weight ratio (or, drop) between minus 10 and minus 13.5.
- Length to weight ratio (drop) represents how many ounces a bat weighs compared to its length. The higher the number, the lighter the bat.
- It's recommended to select a bat that's easiest to control, but the greater mass a bat has, the easier it is to drive the ball with some power behind it.
If you still have questions on about selecting the right youth baseball bat, check out our Bat Sizing Chart. s we offer free shipping both ways.
USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) is one of the largest baseball associations of America. This video explains USSSA's rules for youth bats.
In 2013, USSSA started requiring all non-wood youth bats to have the permanent USSSA "thumbprint" stamp or permanent USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp. In 2014, all non-wood youth bats for USSSA required the permanent USSSA "thumbprint" stamp. Other key USSSA points:
- USSSA will not adopt the new USABat Standard, but will allow bats carrying the new stamp - as long as barrel diameter, drop weight, material specifications all match the specific division's requirements.
- USSSA allows both youth (2 ¼” barrel) and Youth Big Barrel (2 ⅝” and 2 ¾” barrels) bats for ages 14 & under.
- All youth bats, no matter the barrel diametter, are required to be a maximum of 36" and to be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee.
The Babe Ruth League is an international youth baseball and softball league based in Hamilton, New Jersey and 12U Youth Baseball division is named after Cal Ripken. This video explains the League's rules for youth baseball bats.
Dixie Baseball is a major youth baseball organization that is divided into seven divisions; only three of which allow the use of “Big Barrel” bats. This video reviews Dixie Baseball's youth baseball bat rules.
The divisions of Dixie Baseball that don't use Senior League baseball bats, require youth players to use a 2 ¼” barrel. Other key points about Dixie Baseball bat rules:
- All youth bats must be stamped “Approved for Play in Dixie Youth Baseball” and be stamped “BPF 1.15.”
- A (ages 6 and under), AA (8 and under), AAA (10 and under) and Majors (12 and Under) all require a 2 1/4” barrel.
- The Junior Dixie/Dixie Boys, Pre-Majors, and Majors divisions all allow bats with a maximum barrel diameter of 2 ⅝”.
- Bats in all three older divisions must have a minimum barrel diameter of 2 ½”.
- Bats with 2 ¾” barrel diameters are NOT allowed in any division of Dixie.
- When a player enters the Pre-Majors (15-17 years old) and Majors (15-19 years old) divisions, only BBCOR certified bats are approved.
- Traditional wood bats, that are made of one type of wood, are allowed in these three divisions, as well.
- No laminated or hybrid or experimental wood bats are permitted in Dixie. This means that if a wood bat is made of bamboo, contains composite material, or is another type of two-piece wood bat, it is most likely not approved for Dixie play.
- On January 1, 2018, Dixie will adopt the new USABat Standard, which will affect youth baseball bats. You can find more information on our USABat Standard page.
If you’re not sure whether a bat is approved for the division you play in, it’s best to double-check with a league representative. You may also visit the Dixie Baseball website for additional league information or Live Chat with JustBats' Customer Coaches with any questions.
Since its founding in 1939, Little League has grown to the largest youth baseball organization. This video explains Little League Baseball's youth baseball bat rules.
To use the bat size chart below, all you have to do is follow these three simple steps:
- Find your height range (in inches) across the top of the chart
- Find your weight range (in pounds) on the left side of the chart
- Scroll your fingers down from the height and to the right from the weight until you meet in the middle
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