How to choose a Bat Length

Choosing the right bat size and weight is important.  There are many factors that come into play when choosing the right bat:

  • Your leagues may have required bat weights/lengths.
  • Your league may require you to choose a specific type of approved bat, such as ASA.
  • Your skill level, hitting style and hand/eye coordination all factor into the decision.
  • What your teammates and coaches reccomend
  • If you’re still unsure, the following chart reccomends the manufacturers reccomended bat lengths:

Choosing a Bat – By Players Height and Weight

Player Weight

Player Height
3′ 0″
to
3′ 4″
3′ 5″
to
3′ 8″
3′ 9″
to
4′ 0″
4′ 1″
to
4′ 4″
4′ 5″
to
4′ 8″
4′ 9″
to
5′ 0″
5′ 1″
to
5′ 4″
5′ 5″
to
5′ 8″
5′ 9″
to
6′ 0″
6′ 1″ +
< 60
26″
27″
28″
29″
29″
         
61-70
27″
27″
28″
29″
30″
30″
       
71-80
 
28″
28″
29″
30″
30″
31″
     
81-90
 
28″
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
32″
   
91-100
 
28″
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
   
101-110
 
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
   
111-120
 
29″
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
   
121-130
 
29″
30″
30″
30″
31″
32″
33″
33″
 
131-140
 
29″
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
33″
33″
 
141-150
   
30″
30″
31″
31″
32″
33″
33″
 
151-160
   
30″
31″
31″
32″
32″
33″
33″
34″
161-170
     
31″
31″
32″
32″
33″
33″
34″
171-180
         
32″
33″
33″
34″
34″
Over 180
           
33″
33″
34″
34″
  • This chart shows the most popular bat lengths by age:

Most Popular Bat Length for Youths by Age

Age
5 to 7
8 to 9
10
11 to 12
13 to 14
Length
26″
26″ to 28″
28″ to 29″
30″ to 32″
31″ to 33″
Kevin Eaton
 

Hello! I’m Kevin – an openly biased Baltimore Orioles fan; a youth baseball parent; an obsessive-compulsive scorekeeper; a travelling ballpark tourist and a taste tester of defiantly unhealthy ballpark culinary offerings. In this space I share my love for the game of baseball and in doing so, connect with other really great people who love the game as much as I do.

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