As baseball season is approaching, our team is here to help you answer one of our most common questions received: How to pick the right baseball bat for your player.
The proper fit of a baseball bat can impact your plate coverage, swing mechanics, and overall accuracy. So let's break down the basics of selecting a bat so you can ensure your player is knocking them out of the park.
Each league has its own unique set of rules for which baseball bat is appropriate for your player. Most players end up with a USA Bat, USSSA, or BBCOR bat. Based on their age, there are some standard selections on the type of bat. Most beginner players between the ages of 4 and 6 start with a tee-ball bat. These are lightweight and allow your young player to get used to swinging. The next age category is 7 to 13 years of age, and those will likely require a USA or USSSA bat. These bats perform like a wooden bats. Finally, players between ages 14 and 18 will probably need a BBCOR bat. A BBCOR bat has a required -3 drop weight (don't worry, we will tackle that too!) and controls the "trampoline effect" when a player connects with the ball.
One way to ensure you have the right baseball bat for your player is to provide the proper length. A well-fitted baseball bat should be measured by standing it on the ground against the player's hip. If their palm reaches and touches the bat's base, then it's the correct length. If you're still unsure, we've created a chart to help find the right size.
Most players end up with the weight bat they are most comfortable swinging. If the player takes a swing and their bat drops, it is likely too heavy. If the bat feels like it might take off with the ball, it might be too light.
A factor of a baseball bat's weight is the drop weight. The drop weight is the number when subtracting the weight from the length. For example, if a bat is 22 ounces and is 30 inches long, it will have a drop weight of -8. The greater the drop weight, the lighter the bat will be. Most larger players prefer a lower drop weight, and smaller players prefer to swing with a heavier drop.
Metal baseball bat selection consists of either alloy or composite materials. Alloy bats are more affordable, have a smaller sweet spot, and last longer than composite bats. On the other hand, composite has a more prominent sweet spot and offers less hand sting. However, composite bats take some time to "break in," usually 150-200 hits. Both certainly have their advantages, and depending on your player, one might offer more appeal based on the needs and league they are playing in.