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
 

Keavin Eaton lives with his wife and two boys in New Orleans, LA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Phys Ed from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the Louisiana State University. As an athlete, Kevin competed in many sports including wrestling, rowing, speed skating and bobsleigh before finding skeleton. Opinions expressed by Kevin on Play Famously are his own.

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