We recommend the longest and heaviest bat that you can swing without losing bat speed. Although the Feel of the bat will be the most important factor. You have to make sure it feels right to you. The more you like it the more confident you will be at the plate!
We usually start with a length based on a player's height and weight as seen above. As far as the best weight, it is difficult to make a recommendation because it will vary from player to player depending on one's personal preference, hitting style, bat speed, and strength. If you need some help please contact us or come into the store and we will size you for a bat. While bats can have the same measurements they often feel different and it's beneficial to take some swings with them at the store.
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The ''DROP'' as some may call it, or the number with the MINUS in front of it is the LENGTH-to-WEIGHT ratio. This defines the difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. The larger the number, the lighter the bat.
As bat certifications continue to change we are here to try to help you sort out what they mean and which one you need on your bat. First and foremost what standard does your league use? You should check with your coach or league to make sure what bat certifications are required to avoid purchasing a bat you cannot use.
What does BPF mean? Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. The major baseball and softball organizations have adopted the BPF standard to determine whether a bat is legal for play.
BASEBALL BAT CERTIFICATIONS
BBCOR (0.50 BPF): Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution. This certification is the standard that regulates the overall performance of adult bats used by high school and collegiate players. BBCOR measures the trampoline effect of the bat. BBCOR bats are only made in a drop 3 (-3) or minus 3 and have a 2 5/8" Barrel. Search available BBCOR Certified Baseball Bats.
USSSA (1.15 BPF): Bat Performance Factor measures how fast the ball comes off of the bat. 1.15 is the standard for travel baseball bats. Includes 2 1/4" Barrel, 2 5/8" Barrel, & 2 3/4" Barrel bats. Search available USSSA 1.15 Certified Baseball Bats.
USA Baseball (Little League): Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball will adhere to the new USABat standard. NO bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. USA Baseball believes that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood and BBCOR bats. USA Baseball bats can be 2 5/8" Barrel or smaller. For more information read our New USA Baseball Standard post. Search available USA Baseball Certified Bats.
FASTPITCH SOFTBALL BAT CERTIFICATIONS
ASA / NSA / USSSA: Bats that meets ASA's 98 MPH certification and the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.20 for NSA and USSSA. Almost all Fastpitch softball bats meet both standards. Search available ASA / NSA / USSSA Certified Fastpitch Bats.
ASA Only: Bats that only meet the ASA 98 MPH standard and NOT the 1.20 BPF standard, including the Easton Ghost.
SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL BAT CERTIFICATIONS
ASA (98 MPH / ASA Only): There are two different standards for ASA for Slowpitch and Fastpitch softball governed leagues. The traditional 2004 98 MPH certification that can be found on All Association (ASA / NSA / USSSA) bats and the ASA Only 2013 certification. All association bats will perform at about 98 MPH while the ASA Only bats will preform at about 100 MPH. Search available All Association Slowpitch Softball Bats or ASA Only Slowpitch Softball Bats.
NSA (1.20 BPF): Bat Performance Factor for Slowpitch softball governed leagues. Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. Search available NSA Slowpitch Softball Bats.
USSSA (1.20 BPF): Bat Performance Factor for Slowpitch softball governed leagues. Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. Search available USSSA Slowpitch Softball Bats.
1.21 BPF: Bat Performance Factor for Slowpitch senior softball leagues such as SSUSA. Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is simply the increase in the liveliness of a ball hitting a bat compared to throwing a ball against a solid wall. For example a 20% faster rebound = a BPF of 1.20. Search available SSUSA Senior Slowpitch Softball Bats.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ASSOCIATIONS
ASA: Amateur Softball Association.
NSA: National Softball Association.
USSSA: United States Specialty Sports Association.
SSUSA: Senior Softball-USA
ISA: Independent Softball Association.
ISF: International Softball Federation.
The following are tips and tricks to take care of your bat and make sure that you properly break it in for maximum performance. At the end of this post there are some illegal break in procedures that you should absolutely avoid. Some stores and websites offer to roll or shave a bat. We do not recommend this as both are illegal and can result in multiple issues for you.
- Limit the bat to individual use.
- Do not use in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not store the bat in extremely hot or cold temperature areas. It takes about 4 hours for a bat to reach the temperature that it is in. You can use the bats in colder weather as long as they are stored in warm places.
- Do not use the bat to hit the dirt off of your metal cleats
- Use regulation leather covered baseballs and softballs. Avoid the dimpled yellow cage balls. It's best to keep an old bat or a cheap alloy to hit the cage balls.
- Do not hit waterlogged balls
- Routinely check your bat for any damage
- Rotate your bat 1/4 turn each swing to distribute the hitting surface evenly
Aluminum / Alloy bats do not require a break-in period. These bats are ''hot out of the wrapper'' and can be used in a game right away.
Composite bats may require a break-in period. If you feel your bat is not at optimal performance out of the wrapper, we recommend about 50-100 swings either off of a tee or by soft toss with a 1/4 rotation of the barrel after each swing.
ILLEGAL BREAK IN PROCESSES
Both Shaving and Rolling bats are ILLEGAL. We do NOT recommend these as they will result in:
- Legal Action: If someone is injured while using an altered bat the owner of the bat, person in the batters box and person who altered the bat are liable for the outcome and can face charges for the damages.
- You void the Manufacturer Warranty
- Lessen the durability of your bat
Rolling is the process of compressing a composite bat between two rollers to accelerate the break-in period.
Shaving is the process of removing the bats end-cap and shaving the insides of the bat walls to make the bat walls thinner.