Starting on January 1, 2018, a new wood-like bat performance standard will be implemented for all youth baseball bats used in age 14 and under baseball divisions.
In most cases, bats are measured in inches and weighed in ounces. Typically, a bigger, stronger player will prefer a longer heavier bat, while a smaller player will prefer a shorter lighter bat. Since a player’s power is generated through bat speed, it is important that you can swing your bat through the strike zone at maximum speed. Keep in mind that the right bat for you is based on personal preference. Make sure the bat you pick feels good when you swing it. The negative number found on all aluminum and composite bat represents the length to weight ratio of the bat or swing weight. An example would be on a 30” bat that has a “-9” would have a swing weight of 21 oz.
Your height and weight are a good way to determine what bat length may work best for you. Use the chart above as a starting point.