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Buying a New Bat: What You Need to Know


Buying a New Bat: What You Need to Know

The gift-giving season is here! While there’s a vast number of baseball and softball equipment and supplies to consider buying, there’s nothing that puts a smile on the face of your Little Leaguer® quite like a brand new bat. Below is some bat buying advice and resources, but the first step is to determine whether or not your Little Leaguer actually needs a new bat. Now is the time to inspect his/her bat that was used during the season. Look for dings, dents, and cracks, as well as damaged end caps, and loose knobs. Also determine whether you feel your Little Leaguer has advanced enough to properly handle a slightly longer and heavier bat.

Each bat manufacturer has its own colors and styles, but the look of the bat is much less important than the feel of the bat in the player’s hands. Weight and length directly influence a child’s ability to swing correctly, and make contact with the ball.

“Picking the right bat for a player is all about the experience,” said Calin Thomas, Director of Sports Marketing for Easton-Bell Sports. “Whenever possible, parents and their young players should visit a retailer or a batting cage to swing or hit with a variety of bats. The right bat is about comfort level.”

While choosing the correct bat is certainly a personal decision, there are helpful guidelines. When shopping, use a chart, such as this one provided by Dick’s Sporting Goods®, which assists in determining the suggested bat length based on a player’s height and weight.

To ensure the baseball bat is acceptable, look for the APPROVED FOR PLAY IN Little League® mark on the barrel. All Little Leaguers 12 and under playing in the Minor and Major divisions must use a 2 ¼-inch barrel diameter bat. Here is a link to the list of Little League licensed 2 ¼-inch barrel bats.

To help choose the perfect bat for your young player, visit our online resource page complete with the latest bat information, including a definition of bat terms, and frequently asked questions.

Once you have the new bat, the fun is just beginning. Work with your Little Leaguer on hitting fundamentals so they get comfortable with it in time for the upcoming season. And, be sure to check The Parent Connection’s upcoming Backyard Tips for some unique hitting drills that will get your young player primed for success in the batter's box.

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