In this article, we will present to you our softball bat sizing/baseball bat sizing guide.

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Softball Bat Sizing/Baseball Bat Sizing Guide - Pro Tips

Baseball bat sizing

When looking for the perfect baseball bat, it's important to take height and weight into consideration.

Ultimately, you should go with what feels most comfortable, but here's a general sizing guide you can use as a reference when assessing length:

WEIGHT/HEIGHT3'5"- 3'8"3'9" - 4'4'1"- 4'4"4'5"- 4'-8"4'9"- 5'5'1"- 5'-4"5'5"- 5'-8"5'9"- 6'6'1"- OVER'
Under 60 lbs 27" 28" 29" 29"          
61 - 70 lbs 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"        
71 - 80 lbs 28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
81 - 90 lbs 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
91 - 100 lbs 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31"    
101 - 110 lbs 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
111 - 120 lbs 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
121 - 130 lbs   30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 33"  
131 - 140 lbs   30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33"
141 - 150 lbs   30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
151 - 160 lbs   30" 31" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34"
161 - 170 lbs     31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171 - 180 lbs       31" 32" 32" 33" 34" 34"
Over 180 lbs           33" 33" 34" 34"

Here are some additional tips for choosing your best bat option:

  • Place the bat to your side and as long as your palm reaches the handle, you have the right sized bat
  • Then put the knob of the bat at the center of your chest with the bat facing outward - if you can reach your arm out and grab the barrel of the bat, it’s the right size.

Watch this video for more detailed info on baseball bat sizing

When it comes to baseball bats for kids, a good rule of thumb is that if they are between 3’ and 3’4”, you should begin with a 26-inch bat and increase the bat size 1 inch for every 4-to-5 inches that they grow. 

Measure with baseball cleats on. Stand a bat next to your child and compare them to the bat. The bat should reach, but not exceed, your child’s hip.

Your height and weight are big considerations in baseball bat sizing

Softball bat sizing

When looking for a softball bat, you want to pick one that is:

  • A comfortable weight
  • The correct length for your size
  • The right weight distribution for your ability level

Here's a step by step guide to working through the decision process.

1. Select a bat that you can hold outstretched for 30 seconds: You need a bat that is an appropriate weight because this allows you to increase the power in your hits. 

Hold the bat in your dominant hand and try to hold it out in front of you at a 90-degree angle for 30 seconds. If your arm starts shaking or even begins to drop, the bat is too heavy. 

Repeat this process until you feel comfortable with the weight.

2. Pick a bat that is an appropriate length for your height: Here's a general idea of what length you should use based on your height.

  • For 5 - 10 yr old children, try bats that are between 24 inches (61 cm) - 29 inches (74 cm)
  • For 11 - 18 yr olds, try using a bat that is between 30 inches (76 cm) - 34 inches (86 cm)
  • If you are 5ft 5in (1.65m) - 5ft 8in (1.72m), opt for a 32 inches (81 cm) or 33 inches (84 cm) bat
  • If you are over 5 ft 9 in (1.75m), opt for a bat that is 34 inches (86 cm)

3. Balanced or end loaded?

Balanced bats feature equal weighting at both ends. This makes it feel lighter and allows you to swing the bat more quickly. These bats also have a larger sweet spot and are a great choice for beginners.

End-loaded bats have the majority of their weight at the tip. This allows you to gain momentum on your swing and helps to create a powerful hit.

These bats work best for experienced players since the small sweet spot at the end of the bat takes a while to get used to.

The right softball bat will help you perfect your swing

Softball bat sizing/baseball bat sizing: Choosing the right material

Wood bats are used by professionals or maybe for practice.

There's a variety of non-wood bat options, though, and choosing a material can feel overwhelming.

Use the chart below as a quick cheat sheet:

Composite vs Alloy Bats

Image Source: Baseball Monkey

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