One of the most common questions we receive at JustBats.com is, “what is the difference between Junior Big Barrel and Youth Big Barrel?” This is a great question and can be confusing to players or parents shopping for a new bat. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Junior Big Barrel bats most commonly have a 2 ¾” barrel diameter with length to weight ratios between -10 and -12. They are designed for use by players between the ages of 4-8. Junior Big Barrel bats are designed for use in Coach Pitch leagues only. The reason for this is that the barrel walls are extremely thin. If they are used in Kid Pitch or Machine Pitch leagues, they have a much higher likelihood of becoming defective (dents/cracks). The 2 ¾” barrel, combined with the light weight, make them perfect bats for kids just starting to develop their swing. Take a look at some of our most popular Junior Big Barrel bats.
Youth Big Barrel bats most commonly have a 2 ⅝” barrel diameter with length to weight ratios between -5 and -10. They are designed for use by players between the ages of 8-13. Youth Big Barrel bats are often referred to as “Senior League” bats. These bats are used as a stepping stone to the Adult BBCOR bats used in high school and college that have a -3 length to weight ratio. There are more options in manufacturers, bat construction and bat types in the Youth Big Barrel category because they can be used in more leagues. Here are some of our hottest Youth Big Barrel bats.
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