How to Select a Proper Youth Bat

Possibly the most important choice your player will make prior to any given season is on what bat to use. There are a host of different choices out there, ranging from inexpensive ($20-$30) to extremely pricey ($250+). You’ll need to decide what sort of price range you have prior to shopping for bats, so that you can really compare “Apples to apples”.

The point of the baseball bat is, of course, to allow the player to focus as much power as possible upon the baseball. While this may sound simplistic, it does lead us to the guiding principle behind selecting a bat – a player should swing the heaviest bat he possibly can without sacrificing any of his bat speed.

Bat speed is the number one creator of power in a swing. Of course, the laws of physics tell us that if you can swing a heavier bat with the same velocity as a lighter one, you will produce more power – energy equals mass times acceleration, after all!

Length, weight, and drop
There are three major standards that apply to every baseball bat. The first is length, measured in inches. The second is weight, measured in ounces. The last is drop, which is figured by subtracting the weight of the bat from it’s length. If a bat is, say, thirty inches long and weighs twenty-three ounces, it is said to have a “minus seven” drop, due to the fact that it weighs seven ounces less than the length in inches.

Wood or aluminum?
The real question here is aluminum or aluminum. No, that is not a typo – there is really no place for wooden bats in youth baseball these days. A wooden bat has no hope of being as light as its aluminum counterpart, even if that counterpart is made of “cheap” material. Consequently, the player will not be able to swing as hard, nor generate as much batspeed. Wooden bats simply cannot produce as much power as aluminum. Wooden bats are fantastic for nostalgia, and are the equalizer at the professional level, but your child needs to be swinging metal – in fact, most leagues require that bats be aluminum.

CU-31? CU666? SC-900? ST+20?
What the heck do all of these mean?

These are various designations representing the alloy used in the construction on the bat. Generally, the more expensive alloys allow for more “jump” off of contat, resulting is measurable gains in distance from hitting. Yes, youth baseball technology has caught up with golf – you can literally buy yourself additional distance on your hits.

Of course, this comes at a sometimes expensive price tag. Baseball bats only have so many “good hits” in them before they become dead. Avoid hitting in extreme cold, or hitting non-regulation baseballs, as you can damage your bat and void your warranty. Realize, too, that your child may grow enough that they may only get one season out of a bat, regardless of how well you care for it. Keep these factors in mind as you weigh price versus performance.

But what size bat should I purchase?
You should determine the correct length of your player’s bat first, then take a look at weight and drop. Larger drops (and thus, lighter weights) are usually preferred, as the player can generate more bat speed with a lighter bat. I have time and again seen as little as two ounces make a huge difference in a young player’s swing!

At the bottom of this article is a chart containing suggested bat lengths and weights, but this is a guideline only. Some players prefer to choke up on the bat, allowing them to purchase a longer model. Some players are simply stronger than others, and can handle a larger bat more easily than similarly-sized children.

An excellent test is to have your player hold the bat by its handle, then stretch his arms out so that his body makes a lopsided “t” shape (lopsided because the bat makes one arm much longer than the other). If he cannot hold the bat level with his shoulder for at least a count of ten, the bat is too heavy for him.

 


OK. Who saw the movie Dodgeball? Well, we are huge fans here at the batters box. In order to understand the meaning behind this blog, you should rent the movie, then read this….

Recently the Batter’s Box, “AKA Regular Joes” has come across the evil forces of “Globogym”. The mean, evil, hideously ugly owners of this gargantuan place are trying to squash Regular Joes. Behold, the mean evil dragon breath owners and their pathetic henchmen will never take down the good girls at Regular Joes.

Wow. When I turned on the tv last night, I couldn’t believe that NY would have to say farewell to legendary Joe Torre. After 12 years of faithful service, he will move on, tossing a one year, 5 million + incentive deal. Torre is a Yankee staple! Where will he go? Who will replace him?

I couldn’t sleep last night. Only $5 mil? What were they thinking?

Everyone always wants the hottest, greatest bat around. Everyone wants to be the team superstar, the homerun hitter. More and more kids and adults alike spend hundreds, even thousands to get their hands on the hottest new stick. Technology is a beautiful thing! With the right hitter (or with high tech bats even average joe), a ball can travel 500+ feet speeding off the bat at over 100+ miles per hour. Wow, I know when I’m up to bat, I want every advantage. Well,  apparently NYC has banned these aluminum powerhouses from High School games. The new wood only rule applies to high school games played in the city and people are in an uproar! I have to say, I have given this alot of thought and many have gotten into this conversation with many of my customers. From a manufacturer’s standpoint, it would be disastrous. Easton has already threatened suit against the city for passing the rule.   They would lose SOOOOO much money. As a sporting goods retailer, I must assume that the manufacturers are making hefty margins on their products because I know that they are definitely NOT passing any of the profit onto their dealers.   From a dealers point of view, it would be great for us. We have to lay out A LOT of cash up front in inventory. I would much rather stock a whole shop of $60 wood bats instead of $300 aluminum bats that are outdated after one season! I would definitely SUPPORT a ban on aluminum bats.

Another very important point:   look at the Majors and the Minors…no aluminum used there! Wood separates the men from the boys (so to speak). Please…give me your thoughts. I would love to hear them. I know this may seem extreme, but financially, players will spend about the same, but players will be safer. Most kids can’t hit the ball to save their lives, let them learn proper mechanics with the wood, just like the old days!

Keep the kids safe…baseball should be fun, not scary in the field!

Well, fall baseball in baseball is in full swing. In our town, which I will not mention for fear of reprisal, there is one winter baseball league. This league has been around for years, and for those kids who just can’t get enough baseball, this is for them. The league charges almost $200 in fees per player. Sounds like it should be great, right? Well, we’ve had about 100 parents come in over this past weekend to buy their little players new pants and jerseys for winterball. Wait, didn’t the league provide uniforms? For nearly $200 per kid, they should! There are nearly 500 kids in this league. That’s $100000!!!! The uniforms they gave out consisted of the crappy pull up pants and a MLB t-shirt that didn’t fit. They couldn’t even ask the kids their correct sizes! It is a sad sad world when some thief is stealing nearly $100000. Shame on YOU!!!!

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It is actually a great conversation starter. No one ever guessed that the two of us would run a chain of baseball stores! At my highschool reunion people almost died when they heard. NOT HEATHER THE CHEERLEADER THAT NEVER PICKED UP A BASEBALL IN HER LIFE!!

Well guess what, we may have never played baseball but we can sell the hell out of a bat!! We do watch baseball games, so what we don’t know the score, We can sure tell you every last piece of equipment the players are wearing!!

Wow, we love . We are Powerseller on ebay and 9 out of 10 sales work out perfectly for all parties involved. Ok…today we get a call from a lady who “mistakenly” bid and won a bat on Ebay. I heard the sob story…and of course, it is never the bidder’s fault. This lady, with no feedback, who has never bid before, insists for 10 minutes, that the item she won was not was she wanted…blah…blah…blah…..

People!!!! Please read thoroughly before you bid!!!! Negative feedback sucks for everyone.ebay.jpg