What are the different types of Youth Bats?
- Youth bats can be either wood or metal.
- Most player prefer metal bats because they tend to be lighter and easier to control.
- Players between 7 and 12 years old typically use youth bats.
- Youth bats have a 2 1/4" barrel diameter and have a 26" - 32" inch length.
- Your youth bat is too heavy if you lose control frequently and hit a lot of foul balls.
- Your youth bat is too light if a well hit ball is barely making it out of the infield.
- The most common Youth Leagues are Little League, PONY, Babe Ruth, and Dixie Youth.
Youth Baseball Bats: One-Piece vs. Two-Piece
One-piece baseball bats use the same material throughout the entire design. The advantage of the one-piece design is that you get a stronger, stiffer bat that is generally favored by power hitters looking for as little flex as possible.
Two-piece baseball bats you'll find that the handle is a separate piece from the barrel and that the two are bonded together. The advantage to a two-piece bat is that its design allows the barrel to flex at the point of contact creating a trampoline effect off the barrel. Two-piece bats generally have less vibration in the handle due to the separation of the handle and barrel.
Youth Baseball Bats: Alloy vs. Composite vs. Hybrid
Alloy bats are constructed with a one-piece design out of aluminum or aluminum that is mixed with other metals to make a stronger product. The advantage to this strength is that it allows alloy bats can have thinner, more responsive barrel walls.
Composite bats, on the other hand, are made out of a mixture of carbon fiber, graphite, fiberglass, and sometimes Kevlar.
Hybrid bats feature a two-piece design in which an alloy barrel is bonded to a composite handle. This makes the handle lighter and allows the alloy barrel to be made longer than on a traditional alloy bat.
Youth Baseball Bats: Wood Bats
Wood bats are most commonly made from Ash, Maple, Bamboo, or Composite Wood. Maple is stronger than Ash, while Bamboo serves as the strongest and tends to last a little longer. Ash is bit softer which allows it to flex during the swing and produce a great whip through the hitting zone leading to better bat control. Maple is harder and denser than Ash. Many power hitters like Maple because of the hardness and stiffness so that they can exert as much force as possible onto the ball. Composite Wood bats are a mixture of wood and composite materials. They are very durable but are not legal in many leagues. Youth wood baseball bats generally have an approximate length to weight ratio between -4 and -8.
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