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Welcome to the Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat Buyers Guide!
 
Below, you'll find some helpful videos and information that explain and answer the following questions:
 
 

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Youth Big Barrel vs. Senior League

Why do all the youth big barrel bats say senior league in the title? The two terms are synonymous; they mean the same thing. Youth big barrel baseball bats are senior league bats and vice versa. So, don't let the term senior league confuse you. If you're looking for a bat with a 2 5/8" or 2 3/4" barrel diameter, you need a senior league baseball bat or a youth big barrel baseball bat. 

 

Choosing The Right Senior League Baseball Bat

This video explains how to make the most informed decision possible for your next big barrel bat!

There are many factors involved, including size, strength, and hitting mechanics, when figuring out the perfect length and weight for your senior league baseball bat. Here are key things to consider:


Length

The length of a youth big barrel bat will range from 25-33 inches in length. At JustBats.com, we base our recommendations for the length of a bat on a player's height and weight. The taller you are and the more you weigh will result in a longer bat. Use the bat sizing chart at the bottom of this page to determine which length is best for you or your player. There are detailed instructions on how to use the chart.

Weight

Determining the weight that is best for you or your player is the tricky part. It is extremely hard for us here at JustBats.com to recommend a specific weight as it may vary from player to player and bat to bat. Strength, size, and swing weight (balanced or end loaded) all need to be taken into consideration when finding out the best weight for your bat.

  • Youth big barrel baseball bats come in a variety of different drops (also known as the length to weight ratio) and will range from -5 to -12. 
  • The lower the drop number, the heavier the bat is going to feel. As a player gets older and closer to high school, we recommend to work toward swinging a -5 so that the transition to a -3 BBCOR baseball bat is easier. 
  • The best way to determine the perfect bat weight for you is through trial and error. Experiment with different weights until you find a big barrel bat that you can control with a fast swing speed.

Material

Youth big barrel baseball bats are divided up into three categories: aluminum, composite, and hybrid (also known as half and half). 

  • Aluminum Big Barrel Bats offer a more traditional feel and provide you with that classic "ping" sound on contact with a baseball. Also known as alloy big barrel bats, these models are always constructed into a one-piece design. They tend to be much less expensive in comparison to composite bats.
  • Composite Big Barrel Bats are more popular type of youth big barrel bat. They provide players with a slightly larger sweet spot and less sting in the hands. Composite bats do tend to provide better durability in comparison to aluminum bats as well, but that is not always the case as the life of a bat depends on so many different factors. 
  • Hybrid Big Barrel Bats are the best of both worlds. You'll get an aluminum barrel for the classic sound with a composite handle to help reduce negative feedback in the hands. 
 

Do you still have questions? Are you unsure of which model is best for you or your player? Click here to try the JustBats.com Bat Coach! Or, if you’re ready to begin your search, shop our huge selection of youth big barrel baseball bats with free shipping every day! 

 

Why Swing A -5 Senior League Baseball Bat?

Do you know why you or your player should swing a drop 5 senior league baseball bat? This video answers why.

There are two types of players that would benefit most from using a big barrel baseball bat with a -5 length to weight ratio, and they are:

  • A stronger, bigger youth player with significant strength and quick swing speeds
  • An older player who is on the verge of making the transition to high school ball
 

Youth big barrel baseball bats have a length to weight ratio that ranges from -12 to -5. The higher the number, the lighter the bat. So, a -5 length to weight ratio will feel much heavier and have more power and mass in comparison to a -12. Typically, younger players will start with a -12 and work their way up to a -5 as they get older and develop more strength. Now, why is it important to slowly transition to a -5 rather than stick with a lighter, quicker bat like a -12? Because once a player reaches the high school level of play, they are required to swing what is called a BBCOR baseball bat. All BBCOR bats will feature a -3 length to weight ratio and are much heavier in comparison to senior league bats. 

How can pre-high school players successfully transition when the weight difference is so significant? Well, more often than not they can’t handle the weight change and what ends up happening is they not only lose their swing speed, but their hitting mechanics suffer. We recommend starting to make the transition to a -5 senior league baseball bat a year or two before your high school debut. Trust us; you’ll find that hitting with a -3 BBCOR bat is much easier, putting you ahead of your recruiting class. 

Are you still unsure of whether or not you or your player should be using a drop 5 youth big barrel bat? Do you have additional questions or concerns? Reach out to our friendly customer coaches at 866-321-BATS (2287), shoot them an email at support@justbats.com, or click here to live chat!

 

Little League: Youth Big Barrel Bat Rules

Little League Baseball is the most popular youth league in the nation. Their rules and restrictions can become confusing for some players, parents, and coaches. But, no need to worry, the team at JustBats.com is here to outline and explain the ins and outs of Little League bat rules.

Division, age, barrel diameter, and drop are all features to consider before buying a baseball bat (or tee ball bat) for Little League. There is also a maximum length allowed as well as a certification requirement for each division. Every division has their own unique set of rules, but some do tend to overlap from year to year. While this is the youth big barrel bat buyers guide, some Little League divisions do NOT allow big barrel bats and require a youth bat with a 2 1/4" barrel diameter or a BBCOR certified bat. Below, we have divided each division up and listed the requirements for that particular league.

 

  • Tee Ball: (Ages 4-5) The barrel diameter for tee ball is required to be 2 1/4 inches while the drop must be between -9 to -12. The maximum allowed length is 33 inches, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required. 
  • Minor League: (Ages 7-11) The barrel diameter for Minor League is required to be 2 1/4 inches while the drop must be between -9 to -12. The maximum allowed length is 33 inches, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required. 
  • 9-10 Division: (Ages 9-10) The barrel diameter for the 9-10 division of Little League is required to be 2 1/4 inches while the drop must be between -9 to -12. The maximum allowed length is 33 inches, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required.
  • Major Division: (Ages 9-12) The barrel diameter for the Major Division of Little League is required to be 2 1/4 inches while the drop must also be between -9 to -12. The maximum allowed length is 33 inches, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required. 
  • Intermediate 50/70: (Ages 11-13) You may use either a 2 1/4" or 2 5/8" barrel diameter and the drop can be between -5 to -12. The maximum allowed length is 34 inches, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required. If you are using a composite model, your bat must feature the BBCOR certification. 
  • Junior League: (Ages 12-14) You may use either a 2 1/4" or 2 5/8" barrel diameter and the drop can be between -5 to -12. The maximum allowed length is 34 inches, and the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required. If you are using a composite model, your bat must feature the BBCOR certification. 
  • Senior League: (Ages 13-16) Only BBCOR certified baseball bats with a 2 5/8" barrel diameter and a -3 length to weight ratio are permitted. The maximum allowed length is 36 inches. 
  • Big League: (Ages 15-18): Only BBCOR certified baseball bats with a 2 5/8" barrel diameter and a -3 length to weight ratio are permitted. The maximum allowed length is 36 inches. 

 

As you can see, youth big barrel baseball bats are not approved for play in some divisions of Little League. If you decide you want to use a composite bat, you must use a model that features the BBCOR certification. Also, youth big barrel baseball bats feature either a 2 5/8" or 2 3/4" barrel diameter. Keep in mind, Little League does NOT allow bats with a 2 3/4" barrel diameter in any division. If you plan on using a wood baseball bat, the barrel can not exceed 2 5/8 of an inch, and the handle can not be less than 15/16 of an inch. Or, if your wood bat is under 30 inches in length, the handle may be 7/8 of an inch. 

As always, if your bat shows signs of extreme damage or looks to be altered in any way it may be deemed illegal and won't be allowed to use in a game. 

For more information, you can always check out the official website of Little League Baseball & Softball. Or, if you have any additional questions or requests, reach out to our friendly customer coaches at 866-321-BATS (2287), shoot them an email at support@justbats.com, or click here to live chat!

 

USA Baseball: Youth Bat Rules

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, follows the USABat Standard. This video explains the USA Baseball bat standard.

In 2018, USA Baseball adopted the rule change. In order to maintain the integrity of youth baseball, the USABat Standard creates wood-like performance in youth baseball bats while allowing younger players to use light-weight bats that could not be achieved with wood bats. Other key USA Baseball youth bat points:

  • AABC, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, Dixie, Little League, and PONY are all affected by the USABat rule change, but USSSA will not.
  • USABat does not have a drop weight limit.
  • USA Baseball allows the use of 2 5/8" big barrel bats for all ages.
  • Solid, one-piece wood bats are allowed with or without the USA Baseball stamp.

For more information, please visit JustBats' USABat Standard information pageUSA Baseball's website, or Live Chat us with any questions. 

 

USSSA: Youth Big Barrel Bat Rules

USSSA (The United States Specialty Sports Association) is one of the largest baseball associations in America. However, Little League has more divisions and USSSA separates their rules and restrictions by age ranges. In this video JustBats.com explains USSSA's senior league bat rules.

USSSA has different rules and regulations for each age range.

  • Ages 6-13: Players in this age range can use 2 1/4", 2 5/8", or 2 3/4" barrel diameter bats with a maximum length of 34 inches. There is no restriction on the length to weight ratio, but the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification is required. Or, you can use a wood baseball bat even if it doesn't feature that stamp. 
  • 14U & Below: You may use either a 2 5/8" or 2 3/4" barrel diameter with a maximum allowed length of 36 inches. Your bat must feature either the USSSA 1.15 BPF certification or the BBCOR .50 certification. Or, you may use a wood bat even if it doesn't feature either stamp. 
  • 15U & Above: Your bat must feature the BBCOR certification with a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter and a -3 length to weight ratio. Or, you can use an adult wood baseball bat. 
 

Since 2012, all non-wood youth big barrel (and coach pitch) baseball bats must have the permanent USSSA 1.15 BPF “thumbprint” stamp or the BBCOR certification.

For more information, visit the official website of USSSA Baseball. If you have any additional questions or requests, feel free to call our customer coaches at 866-321-BATS (2287), email at support@justbats.com, or click here to live chat!

 

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