Today we're going to talk about choosing the right bat.
Choosing the right bat has become a little tricky over the last few years, as there are a lot of different restrictions, depending on the governing body and your level of play.
Lets get the easy part out of the way. If you're playing College baseball or High School baseball, you're going to have to have a BBCOR Certified bat.
If you're 12 or under, and play Little League Baseball or Cal Ripken Baseball, you're going to have to swing a bat with a 2 1/4" diameter barrel. And if you choose to swing a composite bat, it has to be on the Approved For Play List on either the Little League or Cal Ripken website.
Now comes the tricky part, Big Barrel Bats. Big Barrel bats will have anywhere from -5 to a -12 length to weight ratio. A lighter bat with a bigger length to weight ratio, like a -10, is likely to be the choice of a smaller, younger player. The lighter swinging bat will allow you to get through the zone faster. A heavier bat with a smaller length to weight ratio, like a -5, is likely to be the choice of a stronger, older player, whose looking to get a bit more mass through the zone.
Determining which bats are legal in your league, that's the most difficult part. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a bat for your upcoming season. If you're playing Little League Juniors Division baseball or Babe Ruth baseball as a 13 or 14 year old, you have to swing an all aluminum bat. If you're playing Pony baseball, you can swing any bat any material; aluminum or composite, as long as it doesn't have a barrel diameter bigger than 2 5/8". If you're playing Travel baseball under the USSSA umbrella and are 14 years or younger, you can swing any bat you want, as long as it has this USSA 1.15 BPF stamp on it.