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Old April 9th, 2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Is there a guide or any info on what are the specs on what size bat to get a young boy?

My son in 9 years old 4'10" 95# He is tall and solid for his age and the coach said he has a natural talent, and he can use his size to his advantage.

Well I am looking at baseball bats and wow there are way to many choices. I used a wooden bat from a garage sale when I was a kid.

I see there are the lengths,the weight and the drop?

I just want to get pointed in the right direction, before I hit the stores and get more confused.

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Is there a guide or any info on what are the specs on what size bat to get a young boy?

My son in 9 years old 4'10" 95# He is tall and solid for his age and the coach said he has a natural talent, and he can use his size to his advantage.

Well I am looking at baseball bats and wow there are way to many choices. I used a wooden bat from a garage sale when I was a kid.

I see there are the lengths,the weight and the drop?

I just want to get pointed in the right direction, before I hit the stores and get more confused.

Thanks

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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=youth+baseball+bat+sizing+guide

FYI, the very first link I clicked on had charts for weight, height, and length size weight of bat.
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as a father of a 12 year old that has played competitive, travel baseball for 4 years, bat guides are just that - guides.

take him to a cage with a pro-shop like wixom's total baseball and have him try out several lengths and weights.

my 12 yr old is 115#, 5'4" I think tall (been a while since I measured him) and swings a 30" drop 9 USSSA endorsed Lousiville TPX Aluminum bat - this was a $85 bat at baseballsavings.com and he can clear 225' fences via soft-toss - a bit further distance hitting a fastball.

There are plenty of pro baseball players that swing 29"-30" bats so that guide at baseballcorner.com upper grid will have quite a few people taking pokes at the extreme size charts.

at 9 years old, if you have the funds, take advantage of a -12 to -13 weighted bat to keep his confidence up, and work his core strength doing soft toss into a quick-set net using a drop 5 or heavier bat.

( my son Jake uses a drop 3 highschool bat, with a 16 oz weight on it when hitting off of the T in the garage, and then drops the weight off of it for some work on soft toss to build up his core, and help with his hand-quickness)

at highschool age and up the lightest bat they can use will be a drop 3, so might as well start with the notion of gradually approaching that level.


edit: oh, and until this year, Jake swung a skinny stick - 2.25" diameter most kids swing a 2 5/8" bat which Jake is now using. So again, since there is so much variety, get him to a cage with a pro shop and try out some demo bats.
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Oh, I forgot to add. I'm not a huge fan of 2 piece bats. My son Jake broke a composite handled bat this fall in his 3rd or 4th at bat with it.

One of his team-mates just got one. They flex quite a bit, just like an old man's graphite golf shaft. And yes, this is a USSSA Certified bat (I can't recall specifically if it's BBCOR, as that's mostly a highschool/college age requirement)

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Thanks for the help and I am Leary of the "2" piece bats.

I am taking him to try some different bats, and I am not going to use the guide that I have seen at the stores, because according to the guide he should be using a 33" or 34" bat. He is playing baseball not golf.

With a bat that long it will get him in a habit of going after balls that are way outside because of the extra length and I dont think that is a good habit to get into.


Thanks gain for your help and good luck to your son this spring
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I would have him swing a 30.5 or 31 drop 10. And depending his sanctioning either a 2 1/4 or a 2 5/8. If he is going to travel them a 2 3/4.

A good test is to have him hold the bat with his dominant hand at the knob like a hammer. Then extend his arm out and lower the bat so it is parallel to the ground shoulder height. Have him hold it for 10 seconds comfortably if he can do that it is a good starting point.
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Thanks for the help and I am Leary of the "2" piece bats.

Glad to help, and remember, keep it fun, and let him "pull" you into more investment in gear/time/resources/lessons - don't "push" it on him - you have to keep it fun, and yet if he commits to it, keep him accountable during that commitment to learn the work ethic

I am taking him to try some different bats, and I am not going to use the guide that I have seen at the stores, because according to the guide he should be using a 33" or 34" bat. He is playing baseball not golf.

With a bat that long it will get him in a habit of going after balls that are way outside because of the extra length and I dont think that is a good habit to get into.


Thanks gain for your help and good luck to your son this spring
Thanks, he's struggling on and off a bit with his hitting so far this spring (couple of doubles and one over the fence), but really contributing on his defense, and pitching the few times he's been in there for that so all is good :)
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Since this is his first year and I dont want to spend a ton of money on just a bat, are any of the $40-$50 bats you see at Dunhams or dicks sporting goods any good?

There are so many choices, any brand that i should avoid?

If he takes off and likes it I will spend more on a bat, but right now I think $50 is the limit
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Since this is his first year and I dont want to spend a ton of money on just a bat, are any of the $40-$50 bats you see at Dunhams or dicks sporting goods any good?

There are so many choices, any brand that i should avoid?

If he takes off and likes it I will spend more on a bat, but right now I think $50 is the limit
most of the major/big brands have "bottom barrel" bats that can be had at Dunhams, Dicks and even Walmart. Is there a "team bat"?

I guess I glossed over this being his first year, so it sounds like he's playing a non-sanctioned little league? If so, you may be able to get a "hot bat" that no longer qualifies for USSA/BBCOR rules for very cheap, used at play it again sports.

As an example of the price drop for non-sanctioned bats, in August, I picked up a brand new $379.00 De Marini drop 3 highschool bat for literally $25.00 at Dicks in Brighton. It was not BBCOR, instead it was the old BSER rating, and Dicks apparently was going to ship the rest of the lot to South America. It works great for Jake as a training bat, or for me to hit fungo's to him.

Anyway I digress, the point being on the used market these non-qualifying bats are only good for practice for sanctioned teams - however most local little leagues only stipulate a barrel diameter. (check first)
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