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5 Best Youth Softball Bats In 2023

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Softball parents know the struggle of shopping for a new fastpitch softball bat for their young player. Whether you can’t find the right size or your player simply doesn’t like “the look,” it can be a real grind to find a quality youth softball bat. This is exactly why we have put together the most comprehensive list of top youth softball bats available today at JustBats. We’ve surveyed our team of knowledgeable Bat Experts to pick out the softball bats that are perfect for young fastpitch hitters. We hope this list helps you find the perfect softball bat!

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Best Youth Fastpitch Softball Bats

When shopping for your next youth softball bat you will want to keep a few things in mind. The following are easy tips to remember when shopping for youth softball bats.

  • Keep it lightweight & controllable. Make sure that your young player is comfortably able to repeat their swing. This serves to build confidence and improve hand-eye coordination.
  • Don’t chase the price tag. Just because it is the most expensive bat on the market does not mean that it is the right bat for your player. Read the details and bat reviews to make an informed decision that will benefit your hitter.
  • Let them be part of the decision-making. Unless you are buying a youth softball bat as a Christmas or Birthday present, we recommend giving your player some ownership over their next bat. This will get them more excited about playing softball and taking at-bats.
  • Don’t anticipate getting more than a season or two out of your bat. Youth softball bats are inherently lighter and designed to be outgrown within a year or two. Take note of this as you begin shopping as it is another reason to not chase the highest-priced bat.

Now, before we get into five of the top options you can buy today it's best to know what length and weight your player needs. The recommended bat length (in inches) is based on bat type, player height, and weight. This is a guideline and could change depending on the player's strength, hitting style, or preference. 


If you don't know what drop your player should be swinging, we've provided an article below that outlines everything you need to know. With that said, our Bat Experts typically recommend a higher number for the length-to-weight ratio. If you're shopping for a youth softball bat, it's recommended to look for a -13, -12, or potentially even a -11 depending on the strength of your player. 

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Now, let's begin. Here are the five best youth fastpitch bats for younger softball players. These softball bats are in no particular order and all are great options depending on what you're looking for. 

DeMarini Zenith -13 Fastpitch Softball Bat (WTDXPFP22)

2022 DeMarini Zenith -13 Fastpitch Softball Bat: WTDXPFP22

When it comes to fastpitch softball bats, DeMarini is one of the best. Built from high-end alloy and composite materials the DeMarini Zenith provides young hitters with a hot-out-of-the-wrapper aluminum alloy barrel and a vibration-dampening composite handle. This allows young hitters to take their new youth softball bat straight from the wrapper into the batter’s box. The Zenith is one of the highest reviewed youth softball bats around and we recommend it to any young fastpitch hitter.

DeMarini Zenith Bat Review

“I was nervous because everyone always states that if it is not $300-$400 it's not going to give you the pop you want. Well, this bat has proven that statement to be wrong. Our daughter loves her new bat and we are happy with the purchase.”

Axe Element -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat (L151J)

2023 Axe Element -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat: L151J

Find your Element with Axe. One of the top youth bats in all of fastpitch softball is available now for less than $150. Enjoy all of the perks the Axe Elements has to offer, including a powerful one-piece alloy design, a lightning-fast swing weight, and one of the cleanest colorways in softball. Once your hitter gets acclimated to the Axe handle, you can expect a major uptick in confidence each time she steps into the box.

Axe Element Features:

  • One-Piece Alloy Fastpitch Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • MX8 Alloy - Durable & Highly Responsive
  • HyperWhip End Cap
  • Endogrid Technology - Protects Hands from Stingers
  • 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty when purchased from JustBats

Louisville Slugger Proven -13 Fastpitch Softball Bat (WBL2550010)

2022 Louisville Slugger Proven -13 Fastpitch Softball Bat: WBL2550010

One of the most popular youth fastpitch softball bats is the Louisville Slugger Proven. It is designed specifically for younger fastpitch players looking to get more out of their swings. Parents and players alike rave about the swing weight (balanced) and pop (impressive) as soon as they pull it out of the wrapper. To put it simply, the Louisville Slugger Proven is one of the best youth softball bats on the planet.

Louisville Slugger Proven Bat Review

“My daughter is absolutely loving her bat. It’s a great bat and great pricing! Lightweight and we love the way the print is on the bat. We love everything about it. Can’t go wrong with choosing this one”

Easton Firefly -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat (FP22FF12)

2022 Easton Firefly -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat: FP22FF12

The Easton Firefly is among the best youth composite softball bats around. The fully composite design allows the Firefly to hold up to the rigors of play better than most alloy youth softball bats. Furthermore, the connection point serves as a grounding agent to dissipate vibrations on contact giving young hitters more confidence to swing at any pitch in the strike zone. If you need a lightweight composite youth fastpitch bat, then you need the Easton Firefly.

Easton Firefly Bat Review

“Lightweight for a younger or slower swing. Great pop! Nicely balanced which makes swinging it effortless. Daughter loves the way this bat feels, which is the most important.”

Marucci Echo DMND Alloy -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat (MFPEAD12)

Marucci Echo DMND Alloy -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat: MFPEAD12

The Marucci Echo DMND is the premiere fastpitch bat lineup from Marucci. The Multi-Variable Wall Design serves to create thinner barrel walls for a larger trampoline effect (aka more POP!) The Ring-Free barrel construction eliminates any dead spots on the barrel to maximize your results on every swing. And finally, a newly incorporated Liquid-Gel Dampening Knob uses technology found in skyscrapers to eliminate vibrations as they travel down the profile of your bat. We anticipate the Marucci Echo DMND to be one of the most sought-after youth softball bats in the game for the 2023 season and beyond.

Marucci Echo DMND Alloy Features:

  • One-Piece Alloy Fastpitch Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Multi-Variable Wall Design
  • Ring-Free Barrel Construction
  • Liquid-Gel Dampening Knob - Protects Hands from Stingers
  • 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty when purchased from JustBats


There you have it! That’s our list of the best youth softball bats. We will continue to update this list as we receive more bat reviews and newer youth softball bats are released. If you have any questions or need help shopping for a youth softball bat, you can reach us via phone at 866-321-2287, email at, or you can click here to live chat. We’re JustBats and we’re with you from Click to Hit!

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