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07/01/2022

8 Best Youth Baseball Bats In 2022

best youth bats

Baseball is undoubtedly a kids' game. From the dirt on your pants to the gum in your mouth, it’s impossible to step foot onto the diamond and not feel like a kid. This leads us directly to the purpose of this article. We have compiled a list of the best youth baseball bats for kids. We’ve divided them up between USA baseball bats and USSSA baseball bats and included verified bat reviews for reference. Our Bat Experts also included snippets of bat analysis to help you determine the right fit for your young slugger’s swing. But, before we get into the list, we have to cover a couple of items. 

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First of all, make sure the bat you're shopping for is legal for play. We recommend asking your coach or visiting websites like Little League Baseball, Dixie Baseball, Babe Ruth League, or USSSA depending on the league you play in for specifics on what baseball bats are eligible. Rules regarding factors like length to weight ratio, barrel materials, and barrel diameter can all vary depending on your league.

Secondly, consider whether a wood bat, metal bat, or composite bat makes the most sense. Most youth players use metal/composite bats in competition because they offer better performance and durability while wood bats are very popular for training in the cage or may be required in special Wood Bat Tournaments. But, selecting the right youth baseball bat really comes down to three key elements:

  1. Length
    • A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to easily hit balls on the other side of the plate. But selecting a longer bat generally means that the barrel will be more difficult to control. Finding the right length bat for your player is pretty simple if you know their height and weight. To make the process even easier, we've created the Bat Coach sizing tool. Simply plug in your player's height and weight, and Bat Coach will recommend a range of lengths and show you all of the bats on our website that match your search criteria. You can even narrow down the results further by specifying which materials, brands, or price ranges you're considering!
  2. Weight
    • Choosing the correct weight of a bat is all about balance. The heavier the bat is, the more power the player can generate. But if a bat is too heavy, the hitter can lose valuable swing speed and control over the barrel through the hitting zone. It can often be difficult to suggest the appropriate weight for a particular player because their height and weight might not always be indicative of their strength level. But thankfully, most youth baseball bats are only produced in a small range of length to weight ratios (-10, -11, -12).
  3. Length to Weight Ratio (also known as drop)
    • OK, there are technically two key elements to selecting a Youth Baseball Bat. But we field so many questions about Length to Weight Ratio or Drop Weight, that we feel it deserves to be explained here. The length to weight ratio, or drop weight of a bat, is simply a representation of the difference between its length and weight. And bats that have a greater length-to-weight ratio will have a lighter overall weight. (ie a -12 Length to Weight Ratio is lighter than a -10 Length to Weight Ratio). Click here to learn more about drop in baseball bats.

In addition and to recap, when selecting a youth baseball bat, it's important to know the following:

  • Youth baseball bats range from 26" inches to 32" inches in length.
  • Youth baseball bats range from a (-7) to (-13) length to weight ratio or drop, which is the length subtracted from the weight.
  • Youth baseball bats must meet league requirements, so make sure you know which one you require (ex. USSSA Baseball or USA Baseball).

As always, if you have any questions or would like youth bat recommendations please contact our Bat Experts via phone at 866-321-2287, email at experts@justbats.com, or you can click here to live chat. Now, let's begin.

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Best Youth Baseball Bats

We're going to start with USA baseball bats. Since 2018, parents have been searching for the hottest USA baseball bats for their youth players. USA Bats from brands like DeMarini, Easton, Louisville Slugger, Marucci, and more are all available at JustBats. However, with so many baseball bats on the market, it can feel overwhelming when trying to find the right bat. This is why we’ve picked out a couple of our best-selling youth baseball bats to kick off your USA bat search.

Best USA Baseball Youth Bats

DeMarini CF -10 USA Baseball Bat

2022 DeMarini CF -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTDXUFX22

The DeMarini CF offers something for hitters of all shapes and sizes. It has a highly-reactionary composite barrel, an easy-to-swing balanced weight, and a confidence-boosting feel on contact. Hitters can freely attack any pitch in the zone without fear of stingers. The DeMarini CF is simply one of the best youth baseball bats we have ever seen.

DeMarini CF USA Bat Review - “Feels great on contact! Nice size barrel and it's got a lot of pop! Looks like a great bat for the 2022 season!” Henry W.

Other key features include:

  • USA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • Two-Piece, All-Composite Construction
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • ReAction End Cap
  • 2 ⅝” Barrel Diameter
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

Louisville Slugger Solo -11 USA Baseball Bat

2022 Louisville Slugger Solo -11 USA Baseball Bat: WBL2537010

If you are looking for a youth baseball bat to boost bat speed and improve your child’s swing, you have to look at the Louisville Slugger Solo. Built with a lightweight drop 11 construction, the Solo is ultra controllable and perfect for young hitters. Specifically, the thinner barrel walls help unleash additional pop on contact to send balls deep into the outfield (and even beyond!)

Louisville Slugger Solo Bat Review - “Great pop and really light swinging. Bat has a slight end load but the overall swing feels really good. Bat also feels REALLY REALLY good when squared up.”

Other key features include:

  • Features USA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • One-Piece, Alloy Construction
  • Ultra Balanced Swing Weight
  • SBC End Cap
  • 2 ⅝” Barrel Diameter
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

Rawlings 5150 -10 USA Baseball Bat

Rawlings 5150 -10 USA Baseball Bat: US1510

Rawlings continues to churn out USA baseball bats that young players love to swing. Their latest, the Rawlings 5150, is no exception. The barrel provides plenty of power and the one-piece design enables hitters to leverage the ball on contact. Furthermore, players love the one-piece, hot-out-of-the-wrapper aluminum alloy profile. And parents, we didn’t forget about you either. The Rawlings 5150 is the best youth baseball bat for under $100.  

Rawlings 5150 Bat Review - “This bat is hot right out of the wrapper. My son had the red 5150 a few years ago and we have since moved to the more expensive composite and hybrid models with disappointing results compared to the tried and true 1 pc aluminum. The 5150 is the best bat for the $ and maybe even one of the best USA bats in general.”

Other key features include:

  • Features USA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • One-Piece, Alloy Construction
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Ultra Light End Cap
  • Engineered pOp 2.0 Technology
  • 2 ⅝” Barrel Diameter
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty

2022 Easton Speed Comp -13 USA Baseball Bat

2022 Easton Comp

The Easton Speed Comp is the lightest USA baseball bat on the market. If you are in need of a lightweight baseball bat to help increase your player's swing speed and confidence, you've gotta take a look at the Speed Comp. This one-piece, fully composite youth bat is designed to be swung fast and deliver results. Again, this is the lightest USA bat on the market and we recommend it to anyone with a young, small player learning to swing a bat.

Easton Speed Comp Bat Review - “My 7 year old uses this 26’’. He uses this for machine pitch league (40mph). Able to swing fast with little effort. Good pop when hits ball on the sweet spot of bat. Ball came off the bat extremely fast. Other team had no time to react as ball rolled all the way to the wall quickly."

Other key features include:

  • USA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • One-Piece, All-Composite Construction
  • Ultra Balanced Swing Weight
  • Lightweight Speed End Cap
  • Engineered w/ Hyperlite Composite Materials
  • Carbon Zero Handle - Nullifies Vibrations + Creates an Awesome Feel
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty When Ordered from JustBats
 

Want to see our full list of top USA Baseball Bats? We’ve got a full breakdown of the Best USA Baseball Bats in 2022.

Best USSSA Baseball Youth Bats

When you are talking about the hottest bats in baseball, you have to talk about the USSSA youth bats. With a much higher threshold for performance (compared to USA bats) the USSSA baseball bats give hitters a large advantage every time they step into the batter’s box. We have chosen a couple of our favorites to help you shop for your next youth baseball bat.

Victus Vandal -10 USSSA Baseball Bat

Victus Vandal Gold -10 USSSA Baseball Bat: VSBV2X10

The Victus Vandal is one of the top usssa baseball bats in 2022. From the lightweight profile to the hard-hitting design, hitters have spent all summer addicted to this one-piece aluminum alloy bat. Anticipate a barrel with more-than-enough POP and a sweet spot larger than most any other alloy bat on the market. If you want a top youth USSSA baseball bat, you want the Victus Vandal.

Victus Vandal Bat Review - “Nice balance, good swing, & a huge sweet spot. It's very durable and feels great in the hands.”

Other key features include:

  • USSSA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • Available in -5, -8, & -10
  • One-Piece, All-Alloy Construction
  • Ultra Balanced Swing Weight
  • Carbon Composite End Cap
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty When Ordered from JustBats

Marucci CAT9 USSSA Baseball Bats

Marucci CAT9 -10 USSSA Baseball Bat: MSBC910

Our team of Bat Experts loves the Marucci CAT9s. They are easily approachable for hitters of all ages. The one-piece alloy design generates easy power when barrelled up. The balanced profile enables hitters to comfortably swing the CAT and the anti-vibration technology in the knob reduces the sting of mishits. Any hitter of any age can swing the CAT9.

Marucci CAT9 Bat Review - “My son loves this bat. He's not a homerun hitter, more of a line drive hitter which turns into homers. Great pop and balance. Nice ping to it, lets you know when you hit sweet spot.”

Other key features include:

  • Features USSSA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • Available in -8 & -10
  • One-Piece, All-Alloy Construction
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Exclusive to JustBats
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty When Ordered from JustBats

2022 Easton ADV Hype -10 USSSA Baseball Bat

2022 Easton ADV Hype USSSA

Hitters of all ages have fallen in love with Easton's premiere all-composite youth bat. The Easton ADV Hype provides effortless swings and eye-popping results every time your slugger laces up their cleats. The latest updates to the ADV Hype will give your hitter the utmost confidence every time they step into the box.

Easton ADV Hype USSSA Bat Review - “Sounds great when hitting. Feels light but seems to have a lot of pop. I always listen for the sound of a bat and this bat has the sound I’m looking for. Excited to see what my son can do after watching him bp several times."

Other key features include:

  • Features USSSA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • Available in -5, -8, & -10
  • Two-Piece, Composite Construction
  • NEW ConneXion Max - Stiff (Powerful) on Contact
  • Power Boost Knob Delivers Leverage w/ Each Swing
  • NEW Thermo Composite Material
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty When Ordered from JustBats

2023 Axe Avenge Pro -8 USSSA Baseball Bat

2023 Axe Avenge Pro -8 USSSA Baseball Bat: L173K

We continue to field reviews from customers raving about the new Axe Avenge Pro. The resounding theme is that this is a hot youth baseball bat. The composite materials take a couple of hundred swings to break-in, but once you’ve put in the work you will reap the benefits. 

Axe Avenge Pro Bat Review - “Got this bat for my 8-year-old son, he plays major level USSSA kid pitch. There’s lots of bats out there competing for the top spot with these kids, but this one has the biggest rake! He makes more contact, swings faster and harder due to the handle. The sweet spot is HUGE! He loves it!”

Other key features include:

  • Features USSSA Baseball Certified Stamp
  • Available in -5 & -10
  • Three-Piece, Composite Construction
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • HyperWhip End Cap
  • Charged Carbon Max Composite Material
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty When Ordered from JustBats

Want to see our full list of top USSSA Baseball Bats? We’ve got a full breakdown of the Best USSSA Baseball Bats in 2022. 

 

And for those of you moving up to high school baseball, we have a full list of the best BBCOR bats for 2022. Be sure to take a look at those bats before you pull the trigger on your next purchase.

Note that we will continue to update this page with more information on the best youth baseball bats as they come out. In the meantime, if you have any additional questions, concerns, or requests, don't hesitate to contact our Bat Experts at 866-321-2287, email at experts@justbats.com, or you can click here to live chat. We are JustBats and we'll be here for you from Click To Hit!

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