Choosing the Right Bat

provided by Coach Michael Payne, The School of Baseball

Janet H: How do I know what size bat to buy for my son?

Janet, thank you! Purchasing a bat that is too heavy or too light is a common mistake many of us make. To answer your question, I am going to walk you through some easy steps to help you pick out the right size bat for your son. The same steps will apply for fastpitch softball players.

Step 1: Below is a chart that will help you choose a bat according to your son’s height and weight. First, find the column on the left of the chart that has your son’s height (inches). After you find his height there will be 3 bat sizes to choose from based on your son’s weight (lbs), which is located at the top of the chart.

T-BALL

AGE

BAT SIZE

3-5 years

24" or 25"

5-7 years

25" or 26"

 

YOUTH BASEBALL

 

Weight (lbs)

Height (inches)

51-90 lbs

91-130 lbs

131+ lbs

36"-40"

26" or 27"

 

 

41"-44"

26"or 28"

28" or 29"

29"

45"-48"

28" or 29"

29"

30"

49"-52"

29"

30"

30"

53"-56"

29" or 30"

30"

31"

57"-60"

30"

31"

31" or 32"

 

FASTPITCH SOFTBALL

 

Weight (lbs)

Height (inches)

51-90 lbs.

91-130 lbs.

131+ lbs

45"-48"

28" or 29"

29"

29" or 30"

49"-52"

29"

30"

30" or 31"

53"-56"

29" or 30"

30"

31"

57"-60"

30"

31"

31" or 32"

61"-64"

31"

31" or 32"

32"

65"-68"

32"

32" or 33"

33"

Step 2: Have your son test the bat weight by holding the bat handle by his strong hand and extending the bat straight-armed in front of him. He may have found himself a good fit when he is able to hold the end of the barrel parallel to the ground for 10 seconds. Your son should repeat step 2 with many bats of different lengths and weights, then compare.

Step 3: Narrow down 2 different bat sizes that seem to fit him best. Find an open area and have him take a few swings with each bat. You may be able to notice one bat controlling his hands rather than his hands controlling the bat, and in this case the bat is too heavy.

Step 4: Lastly, ask your son which bat feels most comfortable. You should be able to make a decision based on how he feels and what you have seen.

Janet I hope I was able to answer you question. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to write on our website, www.theschoolofbaseball.com

Thanks,
Coach Payne