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How to Pick Out the Right Softball Bat

Softball season is right around the corner and most parents get a little overwhelmed when they walk into the sports store to pick out a bat for their daughter.  Don’t panic!! Here are some things you should consider when you choose a softball bat.

Length

Here are three ways to check the proper length of your softball bat.

 

 

 

The best way to measure a bat is to place the bat knob at the center of your chest and extend the barrel horizontally out toward your fingertips. If you can touch the end of the bat with your fingertips, the bat is an appropriate size.

 

 

 

Then place the bottom knob of the bat in the center of your chest facing outward. If you can reach out and grab the barrel of the bat, then it is an appropriate length.

 

 

 

 

 

Stand the bat up vertically against your leg. If the bat reaches your mid-  hip, it should be an appropriate length.

Weight

Bat weight can vary among models, and it really depends on what your preferences are. If you’re a stronger player, you can probably get away with swinging a heavier bat. Keep in mind, if the bat is too heavy for you, your bat speed will be slower at the plate so might not get the bat around in time to make contact with the ball.

A good rule of thumb to see if you can execute a certain bat weight is to hold the bat with one hand, holding on to the bottom of the bat where you would normally hold the bat when you swing. With your arm extended from your side see if you can keep the bat extended without dropping it for 30 seconds. You should be able to properly swing that weight if your arm remains extended without the weight dropping your arm.

Drop

The minus or drop is the difference between length and weight. A lesser drop will indicate a heavier bat, which may be too much to handle at the plate and vice versa.  Take your length and weight numbers from before and try to find a bat with similar measurements to fit your needs.  For example, if a bat is 25 inches long and has a drop weight of -5, it will weigh 20 ounces.

Finding the right softball bat could help enhance your at-bat performance. Keeping these tips in mind can help in making sure the bat you choose will be a home run.

Additional tips:

  • Youth Player Bats - A child that weighs less than 60 pounds is usually best swinging a bat that ranges from 26 to 29 inches in length. A child above 60 will usually range from 28 to 32 in length.High School/Older Player Bats – usually stick between 30 to 34 in length
  • Don’t pick a softball bat because of the color or design. Matching your uniform is cool but not a smart decision when it comes to your performance.
  • Don’t use a bat because the best hitter on your team uses it. Experiment with multiple models and use trial and error to find what works best for you.
  • As pitchers get faster, you want to make sure your swing is quick and lightweight. Don’t use a heavy bat for power. Your swing is going to be too slow and you will have trouble getting it around in time.
  • Every league is different when it comes to rules on what softball bats are approved in every league. Check with your league before making your purchase. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) tends to have the strictest rules, therefore, you might want to make sure it has a ASA stamp on it. We usually suggest Easton, DeMarini, and Louisville brands.

 

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2018 Roxbury Recreation Winter Softball Training Academy

On Saturday, January 20th, we wrapped up our Girls Softball Winter Training Academy. Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you learned a lot and truly enjoyed it. A huge thank you for all of our softball instructors and coaches. We can't wait to do this again next winter!