Here are some key things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect youth bat:
- Size and weight of the bat matter. These are the most important factors, because it allows players to work on their hitting mechanics, batting stance, and swing speed.
- Regarding weight, most youth bats feature a length to weight ratio (or, drop) between minus 10 and minus 13.5.
- Length to weight ratio (drop) represents how many ounces a bat weighs compared to its length. The higher the number, the lighter the bat.
- It's recommended to select a bat that's easiest to control, but the greater mass a bat has, the easier it is to drive the ball with some power behind it.
If you still have questions on about selecting the right youth baseball bat, check out our Bat Sizing Chart. s we offer free shipping both ways.
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 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.
USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) is one of the largest baseball associations of America. This video explains USSSA's rules for youth bats.
In 2013, USSSA started requiring all non-wood youth bats to have the permanent USSSA "thumbprint" stamp or permanent USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp. In 2014, all non-wood youth bats for USSSA required the permanent USSSA "thumbprint" stamp. Other key USSSA points:
- USSSA will not adopt the new USABat Standard, but will allow bats carrying the new stamp - as long as barrel diameter, drop weight, material specifications all match the specific division's requirements.
- USSSA allows both youth (2 ¼” barrel) and Youth Big Barrel (2 ⅝” and 2 ¾” barrels) bats for ages 14 & under.
- All youth bats, no matter the barrel diametter, are required to be a maximum of 36" and to be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee.
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
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