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.
If you are local, check out our Diamond Demo Program to find a bat to fit your swing!
IMPORTANT BASEBALL BAT RULES
Baseball unlike Fastpitch Softball has certain Drop (Length-to-Weight Ratio) requirements per age group. It is important to keep track of these as there is a certain point over 4 years where you have to have a different drop each year. If you can swing the heavier earlier without hurting your swing it can be beneficial.
- 12 & Under (12u): Any Drop
- 13 & Under (13u): Must be a DROP 8 or Heavier
- 14 & Under (14u): Must be a DROP 5 or Heavier
- 15 & Under (15u): Must be a BBCOR (Drop 3)
- High School (Regardless of Age): Must be a BBCOR (Drop 3)
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.