Shopping for the upcoming season is a great way to spark the excitement of getting on the field in the spring. Choosing the right bat however can be challenging because of the number of bats and league regulations. Besides the rules, the array of styles and sizes create so many options that it can be difficult to narrow down what works best. It is important to note that the final decision should come down to what feels comfortable for the player and what is legal within the association regulations. Combining these tips and what feels comfortable in the hands of the player will put you in the best position during the buying process.
How do you choose a bat size?
Choosing the right bat length and weight is important to get the maximum performance out of the swing. If the player swings a bat that is too heavy it may result in their timing being off, slower swing speed and a less natural swing overall. Swinging a bat too light however may cause the player to open their swing too soon, lose balance, and produce less power overall.
There is no exact science for what bat works best for the size of the player but the sizing chart below is a great starting point to see what the most popular lengths and weights are based on age and size. Finding the right balance is vital to optimize each swing in every at-bat; although it can be tricky, it mostly comes down to comfort.
How do I know which bats are legal?
Bat regulations can seem very complex because of the different leagues and age groups and as of January 1, 2018, there are new bat regulations in many of the well-known baseball leagues across the country. The guide below gives a general overview of baseball leagues based on age; however, to ensure you are shopping under the right qualifications you should visit your league’s website, ask a coach, or stop in and talk to a local SCHEELS Expert.