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Baseball Bat

A bat is an obvious must have equipment piece for all baseball players. They come in varying materials, weight and length making it difficult to find the right piece for your skill level and height.

Below you can find the most important information about Baseball Bats.

The Anatomy of a Baseball Bat

All bats have 5 essentials regions which are: the grip, the knob, barrel, handle and endcap. The knob keeps you hand on the bat and provide more grip when you swing. The bat tapers from a wide barrel to skinny handle, the barrel is the point that makes contact with the ball. The end helps improve overall control while limiting additional weight on the bat.

One of the things that should guide you in purchasing the right bat is the league rules. The three main governing bodies include BBCOR, USSSA, and USABat.

Age
League Rules/governing body
4-6
Tee ball bat
7-13
USA or USSSA bat
14-18
BBCOR bat

Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution is responsible for creating same wood performance in adult bats. USABat has a standard that caters to more wood like performance and light weight models for youth and the USSSA is responsible for energy transfer and bat regulation.

The legality – Professional players need to choose the bat depending on the rules of the league they play in. this means that you may need to purchase a bat stamped with an official supplier logo. The main idea is to ensure the bat meets all the length, material, barrel side and knob requirements. Confirm with the league before you make any final decisions.

With the standard in place, it is time to determine the right bat measurement for you.

The length of the bat can affect plate coverage as well as your swing mechanics. A bat that is too long places negative compromise on your swing mechanics or the speed while a short bat can take a way a portion of your strike zone and limit the plate coverage.

The three main ways to measure your baseball bat are:

  1. Stand up and place the bat against the side of your leg. If the knob or end of the bat can reach the palm of your hand while in this position then that is the right length for you.
  2. The second method is to place the knob/end of the bat at the centre of your chest and pointing to one side. It should be parallel to your arm when outstretched the side. If you can reach the end with your fingers of palm then that is the right length of bat for you.
  3. The third method is to position the end of the bat on your chest but this time facing forward/outward. Your arm should be able to grab the barrel of the bat to the end for s correct sized bat.

Nb; if you are unable to use these methods to measure yourself then you can check out this recommended size chart as a guide. It helps you get the perfect fit easily.

The best weight will depend on what you want and your feel. The best thing you can do s take multiple swings with your bat to feel the weight. If it feels a little too heavy and begins to fall after a coulple of swings then it might be a little too heavy for you. Alternatively, hold the bad handle and extend your arm to the side. If you cannot hold it for 45 minutes then it might be too heavy.

Check the drop weight of the bat. The drop is calculated by subtracting its weights from its length. for instance, a 22-ounce bat that is 32 inches long has a drop of -10. The larger the drop weight the lighter the bat.

For larger stronger players, a less drop weight is more ideal and could be increased with power.

Basically, there are two main materials used to make a bat and that is metal and wood. Wood bats come from a variety of different trees the most common ones being birch, ash and maple. The standardised weight of most wooden bats is a -3 drop.

Metal alloy bat like aluminium bat are made ready for use; this means that you do not need break in time for these kinds of bats. They last longer due to the material, are good in all temperatures and have a sweet spot.

Alloy bats are generally more affordable than the composite bats. The latter has large sweet spot but will put out less vibration. This feature helps reduce the stinging effect after you make por contact.

You can also go for a hybrid bats made with composite handles. They minimize the vibration and do not need any break in time.

Another thing to consider when choosing the right bat is this design. One of the main differences between the two is the flex energy transfer the bat offers during play. One-piece bats are continuous. They have minimal flex which results to minimal energy loss making them great for power swings and balance. Mishits may cause stinging with this kind of bat

For the two-piece, you can separate the handle and barrel. The split design creates more whip and flex when you swing and this results to speed. This bat can withstand high vibration levels which means they are good at preventing the stinging feeling.

Weight/Height
3’5- 3’8
3’9 – 4′
4’1- 4’4
4’5- 4′-8
4’9- 5′
5’1- 5′-4
5’5- 5′-8
5’9- 6′
6’1- Over’
Under 60 lbs
27″
28″
29″
29″
61 – 70 lbs
27″
28″
29″
30″
30″
71 – 80 lbs
28″
28″
29″
30″
30″
31″
81 – 90 lbs
28″
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
91 – 100 lbs
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
31″
101 – 110 lbs
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
111 – 120 lbs
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
121 – 130 lbs
30″
30″
30″
31″
32″
32″
33″
131 – 140 lbs
30″
30″
30″
31″
32″
32″
33″
33″
141 – 150 lbs
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
33″
33″
33″
151 – 160 lbs
30″
31″
31″
31″
32″
33″
33″
34″
161 – 170 lbs
31″
31″
32″
32″
33″
33″
34″
171 – 180 lbs
31″
32″
32″
33″
34″
34″
Over 180 lbs
33″
33″
34″
34″

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