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Welcome to the Youth Bat Buyers Guide!
Below, you'll find some helpful videos, tips, and other information that cover the following:
As always, if you have any questions at all, our knowledgeable Customer Coaches are available 24/7 by Phone (866-321-2287), Email (, or Live Chat!

Choosing the Right Youth Baseball Bat

This Beginner's Guide video shares the keys to selecting the perfect youth baseball bat.

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: Youth Bat Rules

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.
For more information, please visit JustBats' USSSA information page, USSSA's website, or Live Chat us with any questions.


Babe Ruth League: Youth Bat Rules

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.

Babe Ruth Baseball's 12U division is called the Cal Ripken division. Many players believe they play in a league called Cal Ripken, so it is important to note that it is just a division of Babe Ruth. Important rules to remember for the Cal Ripken division:

  • Youth bats need to have a 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter.
  • If it is an alloy or composite bat, it needs to be marked with a USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp (it doesn't matter if it is the old or new one). 
  • The length of your youth baseball bat must not exceed 33 inches in length.
  • Your youth bat is legal if it is made of wood and has a 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter.
  • On January 1, 2018, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken will adopt the new USABat Standard, which will affect youth baseball bats. You can find more information on our USABat Standard page.

For Babe Ruth's 13 to 15-year-old division:

  • Players can use a 2 ⅝” youth big barrel baseball bat with any length to weight ratio, as long as it has an alloy barrel.
  • If the bat has a composite barrel, then it must feature the BBCOR certification.


For Babe Ruth's 16 to 19-year-old division:


Even though they meet the requirements listed above, some bats have been deemed “non-compliant” and are not approved for play in Babe Ruth. For a complete list, visit the Babe Ruth League’s official website, or Live Chat with our helpful Customer Coaches.



Dixie Baseball: Youth Bat Rules

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.


Little League Bat Rules: Youth Baseball Divisions

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.

Official Little League Baseball is divided into many different age divisions, many of which overlap. Key things to remember about Little League rules:

  • When selecting the proper barrel size, it’s important to know the name of the division, rather than just the player’s age.
  • The Tee Ball (ages 4-5), Minor League (ages 7-11), 9-10 Division, and Major Division (ages 9-12) are NOT allowed to use Youth Big Barrel bats, and must use a 2 ¼” youth bat with a maximum length of 33”. 
  • The Intermediate Division 50/70 (ages 11-13) and the Junior League (ages 12-14) require all bats be either a 2 ¼” or a 2 ⅝” Youth Big Barrel bat with with a maximum length of 34”. Not all Youth Big Barrels are approved for play in these two divisions, as all bats with a composite barrel or that are fully composite must be BBCOR certified. Wood, 100% alloy and a hybrid design with an alloy barrel and composite barrel can be any drop weight if they meet all other standards. 
  • Senior League (ages 13-16) and Big League (ages 15-18) require all non-wood bats to be BBCOR certified with a maximum length of 36”. 
  • If selecting a Youth Big Barrel bat, be sure to select a 2 ⅝” barrel diameter, as 2 ¾” are NOT allowed at any level of Little League Baseball. 
  • On January 1, 2018, Little League will adopt the new USABat Standard, which will affect youth baseball bats. You can find more information on our USABat Standard page.


For more information, check out the most recent Little League Licensed Bat List and be sure that the selected bat meets the Rule 1.10 for the barrel diameter, weight, length and required certifications outlined above. If you’re not sure whether a bat is approved for the division you play in, double-check with a league representative. If you have further questions, feel free to Live Chat with JustBats' Customer Coaches.


Bat Sizing Chart

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
Remember, this chart is strictly a recommendation and it will ultimately come down to your personal preference, hitting style, and strength. Experiment with different lengths and weights until you find one that is best for you! Remember, if you need further assistance, our customer coaches are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Click here to live chat!
Bat Sizing Guide