The Right Baseball Bat
When it comes to choosing the right baseball bat, parents need to keep some important things in mind. It is not simply a matter of going into the store and purchasing the one that has the most appeal. Height, weight, and age needing consideration.
Understanding the Different Parts of the Bat
The bat consists of the grip, knob, handle, barrel, and end cap.
The grip is the covering on the handle portion of the bat. This is important for many reasons. The grip gives a more controlled feeling, depending upon what materials it is made up of. Rubber typically has a higher absorption rate for shock when the bat connects with the ball. Leather may offer a sturdier feel on the grip.
The barrel is typically the end of the bat, which is also the thickest. The longer the barrel is, the more room for making contact a player will have. However, some players prefer a smaller barrel in order to lighten their swing. Check with the coach and adhere to the rules and regulations of the age of the player.
The drop is a little formula used to measure the batís length-to-weight measurements. A negative numeral explaining how many ounces less the bat weighs than its height is what is used to determine the batís drop. The weight of the bat less the number of inches in length will determine the drop. Again, check with your coach or the actual league to inquire about the amount of the drop required.
Height and Weight
For a youth 60 pounds or less, the average bat will be between 24 and 29 inches. This, of course, goes according to height as well. For a youth between 60 and 70 pounds, the average bat size should be in the vicinity of 27 to 30 inches, and the 70- to 90-pound youth should typically purchase a bat between 28 to 32 inches. Of course, the store will be able to better assist once you and your child are in the store and feeling the bat out.
Typically, a youth ranging in age from 5 to 7 years of age will use a bat that is between 24 to 26 inches, and an 8- to 9-year old will use a bat somewhere in the range of 26 to 28 inches. Again, it is best to visit a professional store and try out different size bats for different ages, heights, and weights. Speak to a professional in the store and gather as much information as possible. Check with the youth league and the coach as well before purchasing.
Baseball bats come in many types of materials such as composite, alloy, and wood. It is very important to check with your coach and with your league before purchasing an expensive bat which may not fit in well with the rules, regulations, and guidelines of that league’s age requirements.
Once you have determined the age, height, weight, and league specifications, purchasing the right bat for the right amount of fun should be easy.