Everything You Need To Know About Buying The Right Size Bat!

The comfort of the baseball bat to the hitter is the most important factor in choosing a bat. As with any piece of sports equipment, be it your baseball glove or hockey skates – the more comfortable you are the better. Take a few swings with the bat and try to picture yourself in a game. Better yet, borrow a bat from one of your teammates and see how it feels – a swing in the store doesn’t always feel like a swing at the plate! When choosing a bat for younger players, make sure they can swing the bat without struggling – we’ve all seen the young players struggling to swing bats that are far too big for them.

 Size of the Bat (Length and Weight)

 Another important factor in choosing the right sized baseball bat is the height of the batter. In general, tall batters should use longer bats. Below are two tables with general guidelines for choosing baseball bat length.

 Bat Length Guidelines:

Age Bat Length   or Player Height Bat Length
5-7 24″ – 26″   5′ – 5′ 6″ 32″
8-9 2″-28″   5’6″ – 6′ 33″
10-11 28″-30″   6′ + 34″
11-12 30″-32″      
13-14 31″-32″      
15-16 32″-33″      
17+ 34″      

Worth Sports conducted a study with the University of Arizona, in which they determined the best bat weights for hitters, based on their height. The table below summarizes their findings. Note: Add one ounce for fastpitch softball bats.

 Bat Weight Guidelines:

A. High School & College Baseball  B. Youth League Baseball
(11-12 yrs)
 C. Youth League Baseball
(8-10 yr. olds)
Player Height (in.) Best Bat Wt (oz.) Player Weight (lbs.) Best Bat Wt (oz.) Player Height (in.) Best Bat Wt (oz.)
>66 >27 >70 >18 >48 >16
>68 >27.5 >80 >19 >50 >16.5
>70 >28 >90 >19.5 >52 >17
>72 >29 >100 >20 >54 >17.5
>74 >30 >110 >20.5 >56 >18
>76 >30.5 >120 >21 >58 >18.5
>Formula: Height/3 + 5 >130 >21.5 >60 >19
    >140 >22 >Formula:Height/4 + 4
    >150 >23    
    Formula: Weight/18 + 14  

 

D. FastPitch Softball(Women)
Player Weight(lbs.) Best Bat Weight (oz.)
100 23
110 24
120 25
130 26
140 26.5
150 27
160 28
170 28.5
180  29
Formula:Weight/15+17
 (Men and Women)
Player Weight(lbs.) Best Bat Weight (oz.)
100 22
120 23
140 24
160 25
180 26
200 27
220 28
230 29
240 30
260  31
280 32
Formula: Weight19 +17

Level of Play & Regulations

The level of play should always be a consideration in choosing a baseball bat, as every level from little league through major league has different regulations regarding what bat sizes and materials are allowed.

Baseball bats are measured using their length to weight ratio, a negative number that represents how many ounces a bat weighs compared to it’s length in inches. For example, a 32 inch bat that weighs 28 ounces is a – 4. The largest ratio is in the range of -12 (for little league bats), while college and high school bats are restricted to a – 3. These restrictions are for safety reasons – a college or high school player swinging a very light bat (- 4 +) would simply have too much power and could pose a danger to other players on the field. Make sure to check the regulations of your league before buying a baseball bat!