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Once upon a time bats were bats and little league players were just glad to have their own bats to take to the games. But technology has changed all that. Equipment costs for little league players has skyrocketed. One of the reasons for this is the cost of bats. Aluminum bats can run anywhere from $30 to over $250.
Parents often feel pressured to buy the most expensive bat available thinking that if they don’t their child will be disadvantaged. Nothing could be further from the truth. Use the following guidelines to choose a bat that will work well for your child and fit into your budget.
First, when it comes to the maximum amount of money to spend on a bat, let your child’s skill level determine the amount. It makes no sense to spend hundreds of dollars on a bat for a T-ball player, but it might make sense for a top hitter in the Pony League.
Second, choose the heaviest bat that your child can swing well: the heavier the bat, the more powerful the hit.
Third, choose the bat length for children under 5 feet tall by their age.
- Ages 5 to 7 bat length should be 24” to 26”
- Ages 8 to 9 bat length should be 26” to 28”
- Ages 10 to 12 bat length should be 28” to 30”
- Ages 13 to 14 bat length should be 31” to 32”
- Ages 15 to 16 bat length should be 32” to 33”
For children over 5 feet tall, the bat length should be between 33” and 34”.