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Learn About Youth Little League Baseball Bats

Little League is a youth baseball organization that adheres to USA bat standards. USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S. Some of the leagues under their jurisdiction are the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball, and PONY Baseball. For all USA baseball events, they developed a specific USA bat certification. Bats that are eligible for use in USA Baseball-sanctioned leagues and tournaments must bear the USA Baseball logo and be certified by USA Baseball. This certification ensures that the bat meets the organization's performance and safety standards. These standards are different from others such as BBCOR and USSSA 1.15BPF. Consequently, these bats are not permitted in USA Baseball events. However, the performance of USA bats and BBCOR bats are nearly identical. The primary difference between these bats is USA Baseball bats do not have the -3 drop weight restriction. As a result, USA bats are normally for players in developmental stages of play, from t-ball to 14U.

How to Choose the Right Youth Little League Baseball Bat for You

When selecting the appropriate Little League bat, give careful thought to both the length and weight. Utilize our bat buying guide to guarantee the selection of an appropriately sized bat. In terms of weight, you can choose from various drop options such as -5, -8, or -10, especially for players under 14U. Consider the player's age and experience when determining the suitable drop, with our bat buying guide offering valuable insights. Following the decision on length and weight, choose the material for your bat. Choose between an aluminum or composite bat, available in either one-piece or two-piece construction. While one-piece bats offer a firm feel during contact, ensuring better energy transfer, they do tend to transmit more vibrations to the hands. Conversely, two-piece bats provide some flexibility, resulting in more whip during contact, often with a larger barrel, and effectively reducing vibrations. Weigh the pros and cons of each option and select the one that best complements your playing style and preferences.

Youth Little League Baseball Bat Sizing Chart

Little League or Cal Ripken bats are designed for slightly more experienced players and vary in measurement depending on age and size. Generally speaking, Little League/Cal Ripken players use bats between 28 inches and 31 inches in length and 15 ounces and 22 ounces in weight.

Age/Player Size9101112
Small27/15 - 28/1628/17 - 29/1829/19 - 30/2029/19 - 30/20
Medium29/18 - 30/1930/20 - 31-2130/20 - 31/2130/20 - 31/21
Large31/20 - 32/2131/21 - 32/2231/21 - 32/2231/21 - 32/22

Youth Little League Baseball Bats FAQ

What are Little League Baseball bat drop rules?

There are no specific bat drop rules in Little League. The only requirement is that the bat must meet the USA Baseball Bat standard.

How do you know if a bat is Little League-approved?

The bat must be a baseball bat that meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League and display the USA Baseball logo.

What do the numbers on a Little League bat mean?

The number normally displayed on Little League bats will have a minus sign such as -10. This refers to the drop. Bat drop is the term that refers to the difference between the length of the bat (in inches) and the weight of the bat (in ounces). It is always shown as a minus number and the higher the weight drop, the lighter the bat. For example, a 30” bat with a weight of 20 oz has a drop of -10.

Can you use a rolled bat in Little League?

No. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat's certification and make it illegal for play.

Why can’t you use wooden bats in Little League?

Wood bats are allowed in Little League. Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen inches from the small end.

Youth Bat Buying Guide

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