Youth Baseball Bats

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Youth baseball bats stand apart from adult bats in one major category: length-to-weight ratio. It doesn't take a professional physicist to understand that a lighter bat accelerates more quickly than a heavier bat of the same length. It's also obvious that a lighter bat that's also longer can cover more area while it's being swung through a strike zone.

With youth baseball bats, this high ratio enables kids who haven't developed into their adult bodies to get better plate coverage and more power. This, of course, is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, their performances will improve with lighter and faster youth baseball bats. Eventually, though, they'll have to make the switch to regulation bats if they hope to progress in their skills and play at higher levels.

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It's not uncommon for some youth baseball bats to have length-to-weight differentials of up to -12. That means that a 38-inch bat might only weigh 26 ounces--perfect for driving pitches into the bleachers with little effort. Some youth leagues opt to combat this advantage by raising pitchers mounds, thereby giving hurlers more leverage and, consequently, higher velocity. Another popular measure includes expanding the strike zone in order to even out the matchup between pitcher and hitter.

Is there anything to know before shopping for youth baseball bats? Well, just about every major bat manufacturer produces a line of junior bats, though the composites, colors, and prices all tend to vary. Generally, for younger players, visual aesthetics are more important than performance considerations. As these kids mature, however, they'll readily swap a sleek black or red bat for things such as greater dent-resistance and rebound.


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