How to Pick a Youth Baseball Bat

Baseball is an excellent way to get your child involved in playing sports. Not only will the youth be participating in an American pasttime, but also she or he will be learning about teamwork in addition to getting physically fit. If you are about to have your child join a team and/or start playing baseball, he or she might need some equipment for practicing, such as a baseball bat. This article will explore how to choose a baseball bat for your youth.

Things You'll Need

  • money to purchase a bat
  • place to purchase new or used baseball bat
  • knowledge of the youth's height and weight as well as overall strength


    • 1

      Figure out your price range. Baseball bats can sell for as little as $10 for a used bat up to over $200 for an expensive new one. If you have a limited price range, you should try looking for the bat at a store that sells used sporting equipment, such as Play It Again Sports, site listed in the resources.

    • 2

      Measure your child's height and weight before you go to the store. This will help the sales associate help you find a bat, and makes it easier than trying to measure the child in the store.

    • 3

      Take the child with you to the store if at all possible. This way, the child can pick up the bats and see which are comfortable to him or her. You can also test the bat by standing it next to the child. If it comes up to the child's hip area, it is the right height. The child can also hold the bat out in front of her or him. If the bat droops down when the child holds it out, is is suggestibly too heavy.

    • 4

      Know the requirements of the league. Depending on what type of league the child may play for, there may be specific bat requirements. For instance, some highschool leagues don't allow bats that are a certain amount longer than the number of ounces, because a super light bat might allow too many balls to be hit way out of the park, and give some an unfair advantage.

    • 5

      Start by looking at metal aluminum bats. These bats last longer, and are generally lighter than wooden bats. This will make the bat easier for the youth to use.

    • 6

      Understand the bat measurements. On each bat, on the base at the end, you will find two numbers. The upper number is the length and the lower number is the weight. For instance, a 32 top number and 28 lower number means a 32 inch bat that weights 28 ounces.

    • 7

      Choose the bat weight. An 8 to 10 year old who weighs up to 70 pounds will want a bat 18 ounces or less. An 80 to 100 pound child needs a 19 to 20 ounce bat. A 100 to 120 pound youth needs a 20.5 to 21 inch bat. The formula to use is weight divided by 18 plus 14 to determine the correct bat weight.

    • 8

      Choose the bat length, by having the child stand next to the bat as in step 3. If the child is not with you, you can get a bat length by age. A six year old will use about a 24 to 26 inch bat, an eight year old a 26 to 27 inch bat, a 10 year old a 28 to 29 inch bat, a 12 year old a 30 to 31 inch bat, and a teenager a 31 to 33 inch bat.

    • 9

      Make sure the child is comfortable with the bat. The child can test it out by swinging it and holding it to make sure it isn't too heavy. If the child is not comfortable with the bat, it's probably not the best one to buy. Keep trying until you find one that seems to 'fit' the child.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing a bat for a child, keep in mind that the child will continue to grow. You might want to buy a bat that is a little longer in length so that the bat can be used for more than one year.
  • Some children may be weaker than others and need a lighter bat even though the guidelines call for a heavier one. Allow the child to test the bat to make sure you get a weight the youth can handle.
  • Make sure to show your child how to use the baseball bat properly. You don't want to end up with a kid with a broken wrist from swinging too hard, for instance.
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