One of the most important pieces of equipment that you need to buy for your little league player is a baseball bat. Youth baseball bats can get pretty expensive, and you definitely don't want to waste your money on a bat that isn't good quality and won't suit your young player's needs perfectly. This article is going to serve as your buyer's guide to buying youth baseball bats. It will discuss where to find them, how to make sure you are getting the best price, and which one of the many youth baseball bats is right for your young player.
The first thing you need to do before buying a baseball bat is to figure out what the regulations are in your child's league. Some leagues have very specific regulations on which youth baseball bats are able to be used and which are not. If you don't know for sure, contact your child's coach or the director of your youth baseball program to be 100% sure. It would be a real bummer if you went out and spent hundreds of dollars on a bat that your child wasn't allowed to use because it was against regulations.
The next thing you need to take into consideration is how long your child's bat should be. Of course, the most important thing to consider when choosing what length your baseball bat should be is comfort. Have your child take a few swings with bats of different lengths to see which length is most comfortable. However, here are my general recommendations as to how long your bat should be depending on your child's age:
5-7..........24” – 26”
8-9..........26” – 28”
10-11........28” – 30”
11-12.........30” – 32”
13-14.........31” – 32”
15-16.........32” – 33”
17+...........32″ – 34”
Then you need to decide on how heavy your bat is going to be. Youth baseball bats come in a variety of length and weight combinations. The only real way to determine this is to find what's comfortable for you child. Have him hold the bat straight out to his side perpendicular to his body in his non-dominant hand. If he can't hold it without significantly having his hand wobble for 30 seconds, it is too heavy. For example, if your child is in T ball, you don't want him doing his T ball drills with a high school level bat!
Now you need to decide what model of baseball bat you want. There are so many different models of youth baseball bats so again, it is all about comfort. It also helps to look at some reviews online. Once you've decided which model of bat you want, you should browse sites like Amazon and Baseball Warehouse to find which site has the best price. Please know that youth baseball bats are not cheap. If you are buying a pair of baseball cleats, that's only going to cost you $40-80. Youth baseball bats, however, cost more around $100-$200. If this sounds like it is a bit too much for you, you should consider checking out your local used sports store or even a site like Craigslist.
I hope that you have found this buyer's guide very helpful and informative. While youth baseball bats are expensive, the value can definitely pay off as your young player uses his bat while working on different parts of his baseball practice plans and fitness training. Make sure that your player knows though that just because he has a new great baseball bat, it doesn't mean it will make him better. If he wants to improve, he has to work hard and practice.