Baseball Bats? There’s so much more to baseball bats in today’s game. It’s time for you to learn more about baseball regulations, brands, what to look for before buying a bat, different types of bats, and some common questions which all can be viewed as a buying guide before starting your baseball venture. If you missed our article for the best baseball bats you can find it here.
Which type of bat should you choose?
1. Baseball bats
- BBCOR Bats
- Youth Bats
- Tee Ball Bats
- Youth Big Barrel Bats
- Junior Big Barrel Bats
- Coach Pitch Bats
- Training Bats
So, how do you choose the right bat for you?
- If you are a youth player and you are hitting baseballs or softballs that are placed on a Tee then you need a Tee-ball. Tee Balls vary from -10.5 to -14 length-to-weight ratio and have a 2 1/4-inch barrel diameter.
- If you’re a youth player required to use a 2 1/4-inch barrel diameter baseball bat, then Youth bats are the right choice for you. They have a -9 to -13 length-to-weight-ratio and a 2 1/4-inch barrel diameter.
- BBCOR bats are meant for high school and collegiate level baseball and feature a -3 length-to-weight ratio with the 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter.
- For coach pitch leagues and velocities not bigger than 40 mph, there are Junior Big Barrel/Coach Pitch bats and they have a -9 to -12 length-to-weight ratio with a 2 3/4-inch barrel diameter.
- If you are youth player and you are allowed to use a big barrel diameter then Senior League/Youth Big Barrel bats are the right choice for you. They feature a -5 to -12 length-to-weight ratio and as for the barrel diameter they have either a 2 5/8-inch or a 2 3/4-inch dimension.
- Again if you are a youth baseball player and you need a bat which complies with the USA Bat Standard then USA Baseball bats are for you.
- If you are a coach then you need a bat for hitting infield or outfield, and the perfect bats for you are Fungo bats.
- Training bats are of course meant for training. You can find either weighted training bats, thin barrel diameter bats or one-hand trainers.
Bats certifications & stamps
- BBCOR: Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution.
- USSSA: United States Specialty Sports Association.
What is the drop?
The drop or the length-to-weight ratio is a number that has a minus in front of it and the definition is the difference between the length of the bat in inches and weight in ounces.
What is the relation between me as a player and the length and weight of the bat?
First of all, we should point out that it really depends on one’s personal preferences, or on the bat speed or strengths or even hitting style but as with most of the guides out there, we have to say that the length of the bat depends on your height and weight. Below you can find a useful table which can help you choose the right length for you:
What bat is best for my age?
- 4 to 6: Tee ball Bats
- 7 to 8: -12 or -10 Senior League Bats
- 8 to 9: -9 or -8 Senior League Bats
- 10 to 12: Use a -5 Senior League Bats
- 13 and older: -3 BBCOR Bats
Baseball bats barrel diameter
The barrel diameter of a baseball bat may come in the following sizes and it really depends on the league that you play in:
2 1/4-inch, 2 1/2-inch, 2 5/8-inch, 2 3/4-inch.
What is the difference between bat constructions and how do I choose the best material?
- Let’s start with Wood Bats. With these bats you have several options but most popular are Ash, Maple, and Birch. With wood bats, you will get that classic and authentic feel and in comparison with aluminum or composite bats, they are more susceptible to breaking.
- If you go for Wood Composite bats you have to know that these are not natural wood bats and they do require some certification in order to be legal for play, but on the other hand, Wood Composites are more durable than genuine wood bats.
- Aluminum or Alloy bats are going to be at the peak performance right out of the box. They make some sort of sound on contact and they require a break-in time, but what you need to know is that the more you use them the more they are susceptible to denting after some period of time.
- With Composite bats, you will get a louder sound on impact and you need more time for the break-in. These are composed of glass, Kevlar fibers, Carbone and plastic resin and as with the Wood Composites, they are susceptible to cracking toward the end of their lifespan.
- Hybrid bats are made to reduce the handle vibration when hitting the ball and they also offer the pretty light feel at the plate.
- Bamboo bats are much like Wood Composites only they are made of grass and as with the Wood Composites they offer more durability and have a higher lifespan.
What is the break-in period and what should I avoid when doing this?
For your bat to reach its maximum potential it needs to be broken in. In the process, you may need to take several swings playing soft toss or off a tee using real baseballs.
The break-in period is most common for Composite bats. We recommend rotating your bat after each swing and also take about 50 swings.
What you shouldn’t do in the process of breaking in your bat is rolling and shaving.
- Rolling means that you compress the bat between two rollers. This is not recommended because you can lose your warranty, it can affect the durability of your bat and you can endanger other players.
- In the shaving process one will remove the end-cap and shave the inside walls of the bat to make the walls thinner, but again this is not recommended and you can lose the manufacturer’s warranty, it can make the bat illegal for play and you can also endanger other players.
What is the difference between one-piece and two-piece bats?
- One-piece baseball bats are great for power hitters with above average swing speed and they have less flex during the swing.
- Two-piece bats offer more inertia and power and they are great for contact hitters. Because they are made with the handle separate from the barrel, two-pieces tend to attenuate that sting feel that you can experience with one-pieces, also these bats will offer more flex during the swing.
How do I get the most “pop” from a baseball bat
If we are talking about the pop you have to know that you can’t measure it and it will vary from bat to bat and also from player to player, but you have to know that the larger the barrel the larger the sweet spot will be.
Balanced bats have an evenly distributed weight throughout their entire length and are generally meant for average players with an average swing speed. On the other hand, with the end-loaded bats, you will get more power toward the end of the barrel which is best for power hitters looking to hit for the fence.
Bat care tips
You don’t know your bat is damaged if you don’t check it from time to time, so the first step would be to check your bat for any damage frequently and to limit it to individual users. For a longer lifespan, we recommend not to use your bat with temperatures below 60°F or to store it in extreme hot or cold temperature areas.
A great practice tip would be to rotate your bat one quarter turn each swing so that the power will be distributed evenly on the hitting surface.
What are the best baseball bats brands out there?
DeMarini has been a great name in baseball for a long time as they dominate the softball and baseball space and are the most wanted among players around the world. If we were to name a brand out there with top composite and aluminum bats in baseball then DeMarini is the one to go for.
Marucci has earned their name for professional Wood bats but Marucci has also made noticeable progress in the aluminum and composite space. With their bats, they focused more on the hitting experience and beautiful construction and with a vast history with Major League players they are also on top in the non-professional space.
Easton is another great player in the baseball world but also serious in the softball and fastpitch space. Some even say that Easton is actually the leader and that they have more sells in the world than any other brand out there. They are the best in the high school ranks and the collegiate space and they also dominate the youth league baseball space.
With baseball bats made for Jackie Robinson and Mikey Mantle, Louisville Slugger controls a big portion of the MLB market and they have great bats in the aluminum and composite space, more than this they were the first on the scene about 100 years ago and that is something to think about.
As with the Louisville Slugger, among the oldest brands out, there is Rawlings. The best players use their quality Wood bats and they also made a solid contribution to the top shelf in baseball. We don’t know for sure where they are standing in terms of sales for aluminum and composite bats but we have to say they are definitely a Top 5 brand.
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FAQ on BBCOR Bats
Now, since our 2019 bats list is mainly about BBCOR bats we think that is common sense to help you with more information and to answer some basic questions about BBCOR baseball bats.
What does BBCOR mean?
BBCOR or (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution) is a standard governing body for adult baseball bats which are used in the collegiate and high school play. This standard measures the trampoline effect of the bat.
All baseball bats that are BBCOR Certified have a barrel diameter which does not exceed 2 5/8-inch and the length to weight ratio is not greater than -3. BBCOR bats are required to be -3 and you won’t find any bat that has a -5 length to weight ratio. The former standard that governed adult baseball bats was BESR or in other words, Ball Exit Speed Ratio.
What do I need to know before buying a BBCOR bat?
Before deciding on any BBCOR bat you have to ask yourself if you’re currently comfortable with the size you are using right now and if not check out the above table to make an idea about what size you should choose.
Some players are looking for more power when they are hitting and some for more control and speed, so it’s pretty hard for us to tell you which bat is perfect for you but you have to take into consideration the following aspect:
Is very important to find the bat which offers you the control you are comfortable with and that optimal performance that you are looking for at every swing.
Other things you need to know about bbcor bats or adult bats is that they all have a -3 drop, their barrel length varies from 29-inch to 35-inch, they can be made of wood or metal and they all have a barrel diameter of 2 5/8-inch.
What types of BBCOR bats are there?
Taking into consideration the bat construction there are one-peace baseball bats and two-piece baseball bats. The first ones give you a stronger, stiffer feel preferred by power hitters and they are made of the same material throughout the entire design.
The second ones are made from two separate pieces which are called barrel and handle that are bound together. The advantage of these bats, if we may call it that way, is that they offer a trampoline effect off the bat causing the barrel to flex at the point of contact.
So, if you are the type of player who doesn’t prefer that hard, sting feel when hitting and you want as little vibration as you can get then you should definitely look for two-pieces.
What materials are adult or BBCOR bats made of?
BBCOR baseball bats can be either hybrid, composites or alloy bats. Alloy bats are made from aluminum mixed with other metals to make the bat more durable and their advantage is that they have more responsive walls.
Composites are made of carbon fiber combined with graphite, fiberglass, and Kevlar and you have to know that many leagues will restrict these bats so make sure you check your league rules before deciding to buy one.
On the other hand, hybrid bats are two-piece bats in the construction of which the handle is a composite and the barrel is made from alloy. This type of design will make the bat’s handle lighter and the barrel longer compared to a traditional alloy bat.
BBCOR baseball bats can also be Wood or Composite Wood bats. Wood bats can be made from Maple, Ash, Bamboo or Birch. The difference between them is that Maple is stronger than Ash and Bamboo bats are stronger than all of them.
As for the bat control, you will get more of it with Ash baseball bats which allows for a better flex during the swing. On the other side, Maple is great for power hitters because is harder and denser. The one that comprises them both (Maple and Ash) is Birch, which has a way to earn flexibility much like the Ash and also the hardness of Maple.
Is there any difference between this year’s line of BBCOR bats and those from previous years?
There’s not much difference between the baseball bats in 2019 and those from the past but what is there to mention is that with every year baseball brands become better and better at what they do. The most popular brands always try to come with something new, with some sort of improvement or technology change that will allow them to put the best of the best on the market.
If you check the list above you will certainly be able to make an idea about the best BBCOR bats of this year and those from 2018.
The fact is that is almost obvious that a certain production line of BBCOR baseball bats that were successful in the previous years will be successful in the future if not even better.
How do I find the best BBCOR bat with the most pop?
If you’re looking to buy a baseball bat that has a great pop, then you’re looking for a high-end bat and there’s no compromise you can make. From our research, we found that the best bats tend to have the most pop.
So, if you are looking for a high-end bat then maybe the 2019 Louisville Slugger Prime 919 bbcor bat is the one for you, or 2019 Marucci CAT 8 and why not the 2019 Easton Project 3 Alpha BBCOR. If you are looking for a good bat then you can go as well for the 2019 Axe Avenge BBCOR Baseball Bat.
As a bottom line is up to your preferences to find the best baseball bat that fits your needs and which also has that great pop you want.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Which type of bat should you choose?
- 2 1. Baseball bats
- 3 So, how do you choose the right bat for you?
- 4 Bats certifications & stamps
- 5 What is the drop?
- 6 What is the relation between me as a player and the length and weight of the bat?
- 7 What bat is best for my age?
- 8 Baseball bats barrel diameter
- 9 What is the difference between bat constructions and how do I choose the best material?
- 10 What is the break-in period and what should I avoid when doing this?
- 11 What is the difference between one-piece and two-piece bats?
- 12 How do I get the most “pop” from a baseball bat
- 13 Bat care tips
- 14 What are the best baseball bats brands out there?
- 15 DeMarini
- 16 Marucci
- 17 Easton
- 18 Louisville Slugger
- 19 Rawlings
- 20 Axe Bat
- 21 FAQ on BBCOR Bats
- 22 What does BBCOR mean?
- 23 What do I need to know before buying a BBCOR bat?
- 24 What types of BBCOR bats are there?
- 25 What materials are adult or BBCOR bats made of?
- 26 Is there any difference between this year’s line of BBCOR bats and those from previous years?
- 27 How do I find the best BBCOR bat with the most pop?
- 28 Conclusion