All about baseball bats
When it comes to baseball bats, making the right choice can make a world of difference at the plate. It's important for players to use baseball bats that are of the correct length and weight in order to boost performance and build confidence. In addition to sizing considerations, the material the bat is made from should also be taken into consideration. Wood, aluminum and composites are the three most common materials; check to see if your league has any regulations or guidelines concerning baseball bats.
Types of Baseball Bats
The characteristics of each of the three main types of baseball bats are as follows:
- Wood baseball bats. While wooden baseball bats are classic in their appeal, they are only occasionally used at the youth level and in adult recreational leagues. Players who prefer weight in their bats turn to wood, but it can be heavy and prone to breakage.
- Aluminum baseball bats. These bats are lightweight, easy to carry and can last a very long time. They can also put some extra pop in a player's swing, as their light weight generates faster bat speeds.
- Composite baseball bats. An alternative to aluminum, composite baseball bats are made with woven graphite on the inside of the aluminum frame. They are more expensive, but many players consider them to be the best option.
No matter which of these you choose, be sure to pick up some baseball bat bags to protect the equipment as you transport it to and from games and practices.
Baseball Bat Sizing Guidelines
The length of a baseball bat should correspond to a player's height. Here is a chart to help you find the right bat for your or your son or daughter's height:
- If the player is 5 feet to 5 feet 6 inches tall: 32 inch bat length
- If the player is 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall: 33 inch bat length
- If the player is over 6 feet tall: 34 inch bat length
Children between the ages of 5 and 7 should use youth bats of 24 to 26 inches in length. Players aged 8 and 9 years old should go with a bat that's 26 to 28 inches, and go up to a 30-inch bat at age 10 or 11.
Keep in mind, too, that these are general guidelines; the player should always try out the bat for his or herself to see how it feels.