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Most Popular Bat Lengths By Age

Ages 5-7               24-26″        (Recommended Weight:  – 12)

Ages 8-9               26-28″        (Recommended Weight:  – 10 to – 13)

Ages 10                28-29″        (Recommended Weight:  – 10 to – 11)

Ages 11-12           30-31″        (Recommended Weight:  – 9 to -10)

Ages 13                31-32″        (Recommended Weight:  – 8)

Ages 14                31-32″        (Recommended Weight:  – 5)

Ages 15-16           32-33″        (Recommended Weight:  – 3)

Ages 17 & up        32-34″        (Recommended Weight:  – 3)

Coach Sewell’s Bat Recommendations for Travel Baseball Players

Quick Comments for All Ages:  Most youth players (high school on down) will do much better with bats that are EVENLY BALANCED.  Some of the better hitters do well with the barrel heavy bats, but most of the weaker hitters will do terrible with the barrel heavy bats.

8U – 12U
Quick Comments:  Many parents rush to buy younger players the big barrel bats.  Those bats are great as long as the player can control those bigger barrels.  Many of the younger players lack bat control and by going with the 2 1/4″ or 2 5/8″, they will have much more control.  If your son has good mechanics and is a strong kid, the big barrels can definitely be a big advantage in the short run.  Long run, they need to learn how to hit without those oversized barrels.

High End Models

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced -10 Drop 2 5/8″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced -10 Drop 2 3/4″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced -11 Drop 2 1/4″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini CF Jr Big Barrel -11 Drop 2 3/4″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini Voodoo Insane Balanced -10 Drop 2 3/4″ Baseball Bat

Easton YB17MK12 Mako Beast 2 1/4″ – 12 Composite Youth Baseball Bat

Easton SL17MK10B Mako Beast 2 3/4″ – 10 Big Barrel Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Youth Prime 2 1/4″ 917 -12

Louisville Slugger Youth Prime 2 1/4″ 917 -10

Marucci HEX Connect 3/4″ Diameter Barrel Baseball Bat

Marucci HEX Connect 2 5/8″ Diameter Barrel Baseball Bat

Mid Range Models

DeMarini Voodoo One Balanced -10 Drop 2 3/4″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced -13 Drop 2 1/4″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Jr Big Barrel -10 Drop 2 5/8″ Baseball Bat

Easton YB17X311 XI3 Aluminum 2 1/4″ -11 Youth Baseball Bat

Marucci Cat7 Junior Big Barrel Baseball Bat

Marucci Hex Alloy Senior League Baseball Bat 2 5/8″ Barrel

Marucci Hex Alloy Senior League Baseball Bat with 2 3/4″ Barrel

Budget Bats

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Jr Big Barrel -10 Drop 2 5/8″ Baseball Bat

DeMarini Youth Uprising -12 Drop 2 1/4″ Baseball Bat

Easton S500 Youth Baseball Bat

13-14U
Quick Comments:  There are a lot less choices for 13u & 14u.  The big barrels are no longer legal.  At 13u, you should be using a -8, although, some of the stronger players will be using -5 bats already.  At 14u, you should be using a -5, although, some of the stronger players will be using a -3 already.  Going to the minus 3 is not an advantage for the stronger players like it used to be years ago though because at -3, you have to use the BBCOR bats.  The major bat manufacturers don’t make -3 bats that aren’t BBCOR, so by going to the -3, you will be using a bat that doesn’t jump as well as the non BBCOR bats.

Minus 8 Bats (13U)

High End

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8″ Baseball Bat

Easton SL17MK8 Mako Beast XL 2 5/8 8 Composite Senior League Big Barrel Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Senior League Prime 917 2 5/8″ -8

Mid Range

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced(-5) 2 5/8″ Baseball Bat

Easton SL17MK5 Mako Beast Xl 2 5/8 5 Composite Senior League Big Barrel Baseball Bat

Marucci Cat7 Senior League Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Senior League Prime 917 2 5/8″ (-5)

Mid Range

Easton SL17X35 Xl3 Aluminum 2 5/8 5 Senior League Baseball Bat

15u-18u
Quick Comments:  The BBCOR has changed the game.  The balls don’t jump as well and the fields get big.  When your boys first make the jump at 15u, it will be a little bit of a shock.  For the weaker hitters, the BBCOR bats may drop your batting average a couple hundred points.  If you’re looking for a magic bat to save you, good luck.  For the weaker hitters, you need to get in the weight room and the batting cage.  The weaker hitters will get eaten up with the BBCOR bats.

BBCOR Bats (-3)

High End

DeMarini CF Insane End Load BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat

DeMarini Voodoo Insane End Load BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat

DeMarini Voodoo One Balanced BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Prime 917 BBCOR (-3)

Marucci Cat7 Connect BBCOR Baseball Bat

Mid Range

Easton BB17ZSW Zcore Speed White -3 BBCOR Adult Baseball Bat

Easton BB17ZS Zcore Speed 3 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Easton BB17ZX Zcore Xl 3 BBCOR Baseball Bat