How To Buy A Baseball Bat

Whether you play Little League baseball or for a college 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 player's strengths. It is essential that you select a bat that fits your unique body configuration and skill level--height, weight, and hitting strength.

Check with your local sport store to find a bat that is right for the player.

BE SURE that the bat is approved for "Little League Use". If you have questions please ask the coach or manager. The League also provides some bats for each team.

Understanding bat materials

The world of bats now offers a large variety of choices in materials. These can be broken into three primary categories: aluminum, Graphite/Titanium lined, and wood. Each provides its own unique characteristics and advantages for today's players.

Aluminum

Graphite/Titanium lined

Wood

Ask your coach or manager before buying a wood bat as they are not generally used in Little League.

Determine the bat that fits your body

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

Determine Your Bat Length by Age

Age

Bat length

5-7 years old

24"-26"

8-9 years old

26"-28"

10 years old

28"-29"

11-12 years old

30"-31"

13-14 years old

31"-32"

15-16 years old

32"-33"

17+ years old

34"

Height and weight

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

Understanding bat technology

Bat technology may seem a little confusing but it's not rocket-science. There are three essential elements to a bat: barrel size, bat taper and grip.

Barrel size

Taper

Grip