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Youth Baseball Bats

We carry a great selection of youth baseball bats including USSSA bats, Junior Big Barrel bats, and USA bats that Little League® players MUST use starting January 1st, 2018 (for more info please visit our USA Bat Standard page). Selecting the correct bat for young players is crucial to their success at the plate. A bat too heavy means poor form and a slower swing. A bat too light means a swing that's too fast, which can negatively affect rhythm and timing. Luckily, we've got bats in varying lengths/weights, and the tips at the bottom of this page can help you find the right one. Also be sure to check with your league as guidelines may vary by age group and locality.

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About Youth Baseball Bats

To determine which youth baseball bat is right for your child, check out our Baseball Bats Buying Guide and reference the convenient size chart to give you a good starting point for selecting the right bat for your young slugger. Some other important things to consider:

Material: With selections of wood, metal, and composite bats, choosing the right bat material is an important first step as there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Wood bats are heavier so they have the potential to hit the ball farther because of their density and weight. But the weight can also result in a slower bat speed and less forgiveness due to a smaller sweet spot. And anyone who swings a wood bat knows if you don't hit it square, it can sting a little. Many youth players swing wood bats at practice to help improve their bat speed and strength when swinging a metal bat during games. Metal bats are lighter than wood so players experience increased bat speed, which results in greater ball speed and distance off the bat. With a larger sweet spot, metal bats are ideal for beginning players looking to get comfortable at the plate. On the downside, metal bats can be more expensive, and the more you use it, and if used incorrectly, can decrease its effectiveness and lifespan due to damage. Composite bats are new to the debate. Though they are most expensive option and their effectiveness can be decreased in cooler temperatures, they are considered more durable than metal bats and the increased trampoline effect due to their construction results in greater ball speed and distance on contact. Again, it is not uncommon for youth players to carry wood bats for practice and a metal or composite bat for game use. As always, you should check with your league to determine if there are any restrictions to the type of bat material allowed for competition.

Bat Length: A bat that is too short will not allow the batter to hit balls in the strike zone. A bat that is too long is often also too heavy. This will make the swing slower and the motion clumsier. A bat that is too long also puts the batter at risk of hitting the ball with the wrong section of the bat, making it more difficult to hit the sweet spot. To pick a bat that is the right length for the player, batters should stand in the middle of the batter's box and place the bat against the inside corner of home plate. The knob of the bat should come to the batter's palm. If the bat is to short, it will only reach to the fingers. If the bat is too long, it will go up to his/her wrist and beyond.