Use Baseball Bat Specifications
to choose the right Bat
Baseball bat specifications will help select the right baseball bat. A correctly configured bat will increase your performance. You need to consider the bat weight, length and shape.
A player's height, weight and strength determine the bat weight.
1. For Little League players, the bat weight is about 16-20 ounces, depending on the height and strength of the player.
2. For Youth Leagues, usually players who are 11-12 years old, the weight should be about 18-23 ounces. Players who weigh 70-80 lbs should use 18-19 oz bats. Heavier players should use 21-23 oz bats.
3. High School and college players should use bats weighing 27-33 ounces, depending on the player's height and weight.
Heavier bats usually produce more power, while lighter models create more bat speed. The bat's weight can be listed as a negative number. A 32 inch model with a bat weight of -3 weighs 29 ounces (32-3).
Baseball bat specifications vary for the various leagues. For youth leagues the length of a bat ranges from 26 to 31 inches. For high school and college the length is 32 to 36 inches.
When looking at the shape of a bat, consider its barrel, taper and grip.
1. Most barrels are 2 1/2, 2 5/8 or 2 9/16 inches in diameter.
2. The Taper is the handle diameter. It should provide a comfortable grip. For most bats the taper is 31/32 of an inch.
3. The material for the grip can be leather, synthetic leather or rubber. Rubber tends to absorb more of the sting.
A baseball bat consists of the following parts:
- The barrel makes contact with the ball. Different leagues have barrel size specifications.
- The grip is the covering of the handle.
- The knob is the top of the handle.
- The end cap is on the bottom of the bat (barrel).
A variety of materials are used to make bats:
1. Wood bats are mainly used in Major League Baseball. Some high schools and colleges still use wood bats for safety reasons.
2. Aluminum bats can be made from a variety of alloys.
3. Graphite bats are stronger and lighter than aluminum bats.
4. Titanium bats generally have an aluminum core and titanium lining.
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