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Choosing A Bat

Whether you play Little League baseball or for a premier team, buying a bat is a personal decision. New technology has delivered bats that not only enhance performance but also are tailored to an individual players strengths. It is essential that you select a bat that fits your unique body configuration and skill level-height, weight, and hitting strength.

There are some standard rules of thumb in selecting the appropriate bat length. The charts below offer some guidelines based on age and weight and height.

Age

  • Using your age as a guide, use the chart below to determine the bat length that fits your body

Bat Length Guidelines
Age
Bat Length
5-6
24" - 26"
7-8
27" - 28"
9-10
29" - 30"
11-12
30" - 32"
13-14
31" - 32"
15-16
32" - 33"
17+
32" - 34"
                                                                                                                                                            Height and weight
  • Height and weight are usually better ways to determine what bat length may work best for you
  • Once again, use the height and weight chart to give you a general idea of the length of bat that fits your body

Determine Your Bat Length by Weight and Height
 
Your height (inches)
Your weight (pounds)
36-40
41-44
45-48
49-52
53-56
57-60
61-64
65-68
69-72
73+
Bat length
less than 60
26"
27"
28"
29"
29"
 
 
 
 
 
61-70
27"
27"
28"
29"
30"
30"
 
 
 
 
71-80
 
28"
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
 
 
 
81-90
 
28"
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
 
 
91-100
 
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
 
 
101-110
 
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
 
 
111-120
 
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
 
 
121-130
 
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
33"
33"
 
131-140
 
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
 
141-150
 
 
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
 
151-160
 
 
30"
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
33"
161-170
 
 
 
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
34"
171-180
 
 
 
 
 
32"
33"
33"
34"
34"
180+
 
 
 
 
 
 
33"
33"
34"
34"

Determining the right bat weight
  • Bats are weighted in ounces
  • Many bats have a weight-to-length ratio, often shown as -3, -8, etc.
  • This basically means a 31-inch bat with a -3 ratio weighs 28 ounces
  • Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors--your strength and your hitting style
  • It also depends a lot on your personal preference in weight and length, so the following are simply guidelines to follow:
    • Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of both mass and bat speed. Do not sacrifice bat speed for weight.
    • Smaller players with less strength should consider a lighter bat to generate a quicker swing
    • Younger players, too, should consider that a lighter bat which increases control and bat speed.

  The level of play should always be a consideration in choosing a baseball bat, as every level from little league through major league has different regulations regarding what bat sizes and materials are allowed. 

Make sure to check the regulations of your league before buying a baseball bat! Little League Canada has a banned bat list for the 2011 season. Go to the Little League website to see if your bat is legal ...                                                                   http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbatssmall.htm

BC Minor Rulings                                   Little League Rulings

Age Level Max.Barrel Age Max Barrel
4-6 T-Ball 2 1/4" 4-6 2 1/4"

7-8

Tadpole 2 1/4" 7-8 2 1/4"
9-10 Mosquito 2 1/4" 9-10 2 1/4"
11-12 Peewee 2 3/4" 11-12 2 1/4"
13-14 Bantam 2 3/4" 13-14 2 5/8"
13-14 Bantam AAA 2 5/8"  (-3) 15-16 2 3/4"
15-17 Midget 2 5/8"  (-3) 17-18 2 5/8"  (-3)

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