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Best Youth Baseball Bats for 2023 - Travel Dad Baseball

Best Youth Baseball Bats for 2023

I have noticed that parents are often looking for the best youth bat especially in little league. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, so it can be hard to know what type will work well with your child and their unique playing style!

  • Price; this was a big factor for me
  • Type of Brands
  • Aluminum or composite materials accounting for weather
  • Small or Huge sweet spot based on Barrel design
  • One piece bat or two piece bat
  • Bat length and drop weight
  • Weight distributed for end loaded or balanced swing and more.

So I began my own research to quickly learn everything I could about youth bats on the market. I hope you find the information helpful!

If you are looking for 14U or High School BBCOR then read “The Ultimate List of BBCOR Bats”.

If you are looking for help for your swing check out the Best Swing Trainers and Portable Baseball Pitching Machine article!

Best Youth Baseball Bats Quick Reference

Bat NameBuildSwing WeightConstructionBuy Now
Marucci Cat X ConnectTwo PieceMid BalancedCompositeBuy Now
Louisville Slugger MetaThree PieceBalancedCompositeBuy Now
Easton HypeTwo PieceBalancedCompositeBuy Now
DeMarini ZoaTwo PieceBalancedCompositeBuy Now
Marucci Cat 9 ConnectTwo PieceBalancedHybridBuy Now
Marucci Cat XOne PieceMid BalancedAlloyBuy Now
Warstic BoneSablerOne PieceBalancedAlloyBuy Now
Easton Maxum 360One PieceBalancedCompositeBuy Now
Marucci Cat 9One PieceBalancedAlloyBuy Now
Demarini CF ZenOne PieceBalancedCompositeBuy Now

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Composite Bats – Under 14U

Some of the best youth baseball bats made from composite materials in the barrel and handle. A composite bat is typically lighter and deliver a tremendous power due to the carbon fiber polymer used in the bat construction. This results in a larger sweet spot for a sweeter explosion of the ball off the bat. 

The categories below are an overview at selecting the right youth composite baseball bat for your son. Depending on your little league, bat requirements differ in regards to the bat drop weight requirements.

Check your league regulations before purchasing your bat.

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2022 USSSA Composite Bats

Marucci Hot Hot Hot Bat!!

Perfect for Contact and Power Hitters with a Mid Balanced Barrel

Marucci CAT X Composite BBCOR

Marucci Cat X Composite

Pros

  • CatX Composite are High In Demand
  • Superior Performance over Cat9
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight Drop 8 or Drop 10
  • Stiffer Composite Handle
  • Massive Performance on Energy Transfer
  • Thermo Composite Technology
  • Strongest, Smoothest Bat Swing Yet
  • Balanced Swing Weight; Improved Barrel Control
  • Multi Variable Wall Design for Faster Bat Speeds
  • Multi-Directional Composite Barrel

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Hard to Find in Stock

Age: Up to 14

Marucci Hot Hot Hot Bat!!

Perfect for Contact and Power Hitters; Potential to be Best Hybrid Bat in 2023

Marucci CAT X Connect

Marucci Cat X Connect

Pros

  • Two Piece Hybrid Bat
  • Longer Barrel with a wider sweet spot
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight Drop 8 or Drop 10
  • Stiffer S-40 Composite Handle
  • Massive Performance on Energy Transfer
  • Thermo Composite Technology
  • Strongest, Smoothest Bat Swing Yet
  • Mid Balanced Swing Weight; Improved Barrel Control
  • Multi Variable Wall Design for Faster Bat Speeds
  • Multi-Directional Composite Barrel

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Hard to Find in Stock

Age: Up to 14

Perfect for Contact and Power Hitters; Nuke Dropper

Louisville Slugger

Louisville Meta 2022

4.6 Stars

Louisville Slugger Meta

Pros

  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight -10 or  Drop 8 or Drop 5
  • EKO Composite Barrel and Composite Handle
  • Great swing balance, bat speed, bat control
  • GT1 End Cap 
  • Balanced Swing and Huge Sweet Spot
  • One of the best youth bats
  • 3 piece Design Composite Youth Bat

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Same as 2021 Slugger Meta

Age: Up to 14

Easton

Perfect for Contact Hitters

Easton Hype USSSA Bat

5 Stars

Easton Hype 2022 Model

Pros

  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight -10 or  Drop 8
  • Big Barrel and Composite Handle
  • Huge Sweet Spot
  • Power Boost Soft Knob 
  • Balanced Swing for Smooth Feel
  • The Newest USSSA Baseball Bats of 2022
  • 2 piece Design Composite Youth Bat

Cons

  • High Price

Age: Up to 14

DeMarini

Perfect for Contact Hitters

DeMarini 2022 Zoa

4.4 Stars

DeMarini Zoa 2022 Model

Pros

  • Length: up to 33 inches
  • Drop Weight -10 or  Drop 8 or Drop 5
  • Big Composite Barrel and Composite Handle
  • Great swing balance, bat speed
  • Anomaly End Cap 
  • Balanced Swing Weight 
  • The Newest USSSA Baseball Bats of 2022
  • 2 piece Design Composite Youth Bat

Cons

  • Comparable but more $$ than CF

Age: Up to 14

Popular USSSA Composite Youth Bats

Marucci

Most Popular Bat in 2022

cat 9 Connect

Marucci Cat 9 Connect Black or Pasttime

Pros

  • Price has been lowered due to CatX Release!
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight 5, Drop 8 or 10 Drop 
  • Multi Variable Wall Design
  • Even More Massive Sweet Spot, faster swing speed
  • AZR Alloy
  • More Responsive Bat Performance
  • End Loaded Swing Weight
  • Soft Touch Grip; Reactive End Cap
  • Two piece Hybrid bat 
  • The Hottest USSSA Baseball Bats of 2022

Cons

  • Almost None

Age: Up to 14

Marucci

Great for Power Hitters

Marucci CAT 9 Composite

Marucci Cat 9 Composite

Pros

  • Price has been lowered due to CatX Release!
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight  -5 -8 or 10 Drop
  • Multi Variable Wall Design Creates
  • Even More Massive Sweet Spot, faster swing speed
  • AZR Alloy Offers More Responsive Performance
  • Balanced Swing 
  • Improved Barrel Control; Reactive End Cap
  • Two piece Youth Bat 
  • The Hottest USSSA Baseball Bats of 2022

Cons

  • Almost None; Still high price point

Age: Up to 14


Easton

Great for Power Hitters; Nuke Dropper

Easton Maxum 360 USSSA

Easton Maxum 360

Pros

  • Length: up to 31 inches
  • Drop Weight 1 or 10 Drop
  • One Piece XXL Composite Barrel
  • Designed for a huge sweet spot and swing speed
  • Big Barrel Diameter and Performance End Cap
  • Premium Grip for Cushion and Tack
  • Lizards Skins grip for cushion and tack
  • Speed Balanced Swing Weight
  • Single piece Composite Youth Baseball Bat

Cons

  • Lost some momentum with Easton Ultra
  • High Price

Age: Up to 13

Easton

Great for Contact Hitters; Lightweight and Power

Easton 2019 ADV UssSA bat

Easton ADV 360 – 2020 Model

Pros

  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop Weight -10 or  Drop 8
  • Two Piece Composite Barrel
  • Designed for a huge sweet spot
  • Big Barrel Diameter and Speed End Cap
  • Power Boost Soft Knob for Anti Vibration
  • Lizards Skins grip for cushion and tack
  • Perfect Balanced Swing 
  • Two piece Youth Baseball Bat

Cons

  • Little if any negatives about this bat
  • Lack of popularity on the field

Age: Up to 14

DeMarini

Great for Contact Hitters; Loaded with Power

DeMarini 2022 CF USSSA

Demarini CF – 2022 Model

Pros

  • Length: up to 33 inches
  • Drop Weight 10 or Drop 8 or Drop 5
  • Two Piece Composite Barrel and Composite Handle
  • Reaction End Cap for increased swing speed
  • Big Barrel Size and Barrel Control
  • Unique Composite Handle 
  • Great Balanced Swing 
  • Two piece Youth Baseball Bat

Cons

  • Durability if not broken in properly
  • High Price

Age: Up to 13

Axe

Great for Keeping Bat in The Zone

Axe Bat Avenge Pro

Avenge Pro – 2021 Model

Pros

  • Length: up to 31 inches
  • Drop Weight 10
  • Two Piece Barrel designed for power and swing speed
  • HyperWhip Composite End Cap
  • Anti Vibration system 
  • Unique Composite Handle 
  • Fast and Balanced Swing 
  • Two piece Youth Baseball Bat

Cons

  • Too much reliance on unique handle as hitter gets older

Age: Up to 14

USSSA Composite Bats – Under $200

Combat

Combat 2022 B2 USSSA Baseball Bat

Combat B2

  • Length: 28-32 
  • Drop: -8, -10
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced  
  • Two Piece Barrel
  • USSSA Bat

Age: Up to 14

Easton

Easton Maxum Ultra USSSA drop 12

Easton Maxum Ultra

  • Length: 25-27
  • Drop: 12
  • Barrel: 2 3/4
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • One Piece
  • USSSA Bat

Age: Up to 12

USSSA Youth Composite Bats – Players Under 9

Marucci Cat Series

Marucci CAT X Composite USSSA JBB

Marucci Cat X Composite Junior Big Barrel

The ultra-responsive, two piece bat CAT X Composite Pastime is crafted with a multi-directional composite junior big barrel and the stiffest connection available for the speed and power you crave.

Designed for maximum barrel length and a wide sweet spot, this bat is hot right out of the wrapper.

Two piece composite handle construction allows for higher performance with all-season durability.

Recommended for coach pitch leagues (ages 5-8)

Age: 5-8

Marucci Cat Series

Marucci CAT 9 Composite Junior Big Barrel

Marucci Cat 9 Composite Junior Big Barrel

The ultra-responsive, two piece bat CAT9 Composite Pastime is crafted with a multi-directional composite junior big barrel and the stiffest connection available for the speed and power you crave.

Designed for maximum barrel length and a wide sweet spot, this bat is hot right out of the wrapper.

Two piece composite handle construction allows for higher performance with all-season durability.

Recommended for coach pitch leagues (ages 5-8)

Age: 5-8

DeMarini

DeMarini Junior Big Barrel

DeMarini Up Rising Junior Big Barrel

DX1 Alloy Barrel: A high strength alloy that is built for peak bat performance and durability.

One Piece Bat Alloy Construction: Built for maximum stiffness and ultimate bat speedION D End Cap.

Built to provide a ultra light swing weight while optimizing barrel performance.

Age: 5-8

Louisville Slugger

LS Meta One 2022

Louisville Slugger Meta One Junior Big Barrel

Innovative Louisville Slugger Meta technology gets a whole new look and feel for the USSSA game.

The one-piece build of Louisville Slugger Meta One delivers a stiffer feel on contact along with Meta’s signature balanced swing weight.

The premium GT1™ end cap maximizes barrel length and swing speed. Recommended for coach and starting kid pitch (ages 5-8)

Age: 5-8

Composite USA Baseball Bats – Newly Released

Rawlings

Rawlings Velo ACP

Rawlings Velo ACP

  • Length: 28 – 32
  • Drop: 5, 10
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 3-Piece Barrel
  • USA Bat

Age: Up to 14

Easton – NEW 2023

Easton 2022 ADV USA bat

Easton ADV

  • Length: 28 -32
  • Drop: 5, 10, 11 
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • Two Piece Barrel
  • USA Bat

Age: Up to 14

DeMarini

DeMarini 2022 CF USA Bat

DeMarini CF

  • Length: 29-32
  • Drop: 10
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight:  Balanced   
  • Two Piece Barrel
  • USA Bat

Age: Up to 12

Composite USA Baseball Bats – 2021

Easton

Easton Speed USA Bat

Easton ADV

  • Length: 28 -32
  • Drop: 13 
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • Two Piece Barrel
  • USA Bat

Age: Up to 12

Rawlings

Rawlings Quatro Pro USA Bat

Rawlings Velo ACP

  • Length: 27-31
  • Drop: 5,8,10,12
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight:  Balanced   
  • Two Piece Barrel
  • USA Bat

Age: Up to 14

Easton

Easton 2021 ADV USA bat

DeMarini CF

  • Length: 27 – 31
  • Drop: 11
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 3-Piece Barrel
  • USA Bat

Age: Up to 12

Aluminum/Alloy Bats

Some of the best youth bats are aluminum or alloy. Aluminum bats or Alloy bat generally come “Hot out of the Wrapper”. They can be played in any weather condition and can be less expensive than the composite bats. 

The categories below are an overview at selecting the right and best youth baseball alloy bats for your son.

Depending on your little league, one piece alloy bat requirements differ in regards to the bat drop weight requirements. Please check your regulations prior to purchasing your next baseball alloy bat.

The recommended alloy bat below will focus both USSSA and USA baseball regulations. 

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New Alloy USSSA Bats

Marucci – Hot Bat!!!

Perfect for Contact and Power Hitters; VooDoo One Killer

Marucci CATX Alloy BBCOR

2023 Marucci Cat x

Pros

  • Length: 27 -32
  • Drop: 5, 8, 10 
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced   
  • BBCOR Ava
  • USSSA 

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Hard to Find

Age: Up to 14

Warstic

Perfect for Contact; Very Balanced Bat

Warstic Bonesaber Black Cobra USSSA

Black Cobra 2022 Model

Pros

  • Length: 27-32
  • Drop: -5-10
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight:  Balanced   
  • Single Wall
  • USSSA 

Cons

  • Little difference other than paint job

Age: Up to 14

Easton

Good for Contact Hitters

Easton 2022 Alpha ALX USSSA

Alpha ALX

Pros

  • Length: 27 -32
  • Drop: 8, 10 
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced   
  • BBCOR Ava
  • USSSA 

Cons

  • Lack of Brand Recognition
  • High Price Point

Age: Up to 13

Easton

Good for Contact Hitters

Easton Black Magic BBCOR Bat

Black Magic 2023 Model

Pros

  • Length: 27-32   
  • Drop: -5,8,10   
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th   
  • Swing Weight: Balanced  
  • One Piece Alloy Barrel
  • USSSA

Cons

  • Same Price as 2021 Maxum Ultra

Age: Up to 14

Aluminum/Alloy USSSA Bats – 2021

Marucci

Hot out of the Wrapper

Cat 9

4.6 Stars

Marucci Cat 9

Pros

  • MAJOR PRICE DROP DUE TO CATX RELEASE
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop 5, Drop 8 or 10 Drop 
  • Multi Variable Wall Design For Even More Massive Sweet Spot, faster swing speed
  • AZR Alloy More Responsive Performance
  • Great Balance for Swing Weight
  • One Piece Alloy Bat 
  • My son dominated with this bat! So HOT! 

Cons

  • none really – Lower Price Point so tremendous value

Age: Up to 14

Marucci

Outstanding for Power and Contact Hitters!

Marucci CAT 9 USSSA Past Time

4.6 Stars

Marucci Cat 9 Pasttime

Pros

  • MAJOR PRICE DROP DUE TO CATX RELEASE
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop 5, Drop 8 or 10 Drop 
  • Multi Variable Wall Design For Even More Massive Sweet Spot, faster swing speed
  • AZR Alloy More Responsive Performance
  • Great Balance for Swing Weight
  • One Piece Alloy Bat 
  • My son dominated with this bat! So HOT! 

Cons

  • none really – Lower Price Point so tremendous value

Age: Up to 14

Warstic

One of the BEST Balanced Bats on the Market

Warstic Bonesaber

Warstic BoneSaber

Pros

  • Slight Drop in price with new 2023 release
  • Length: up to 32 inches
  • Drop -10,  Drop 8, Drop 5
  • One Piece Alloy Barrel with a Huge sweet spot
  • Big Barrel Diameter 
  • One of the Best Youth Bats for a Balanced Swing and Weight
  • This was my son’s perfect transition bat and he dominated as a contact hitter yet had power. 

Cons

  • Paint chips easily

Age: Up to 14

Louisville Slugger

One of the BEST Balanced Bats on the Market; Perfect for Contact Hitters

Louisville Slugger Solo Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Solo

Pros

  • Most under rated bat on the market!
  • Length: up to 34 inches
  • Drop -10,  Drop 8, Drop 5
  • One Piece Alloy Barrel designed for a bigger sweet spot
  • Big Barrel Diameter and Speed End Cap
  • Perfect Balanced Swing 
  • My Son LOVES This Single Piece Youth Bat, Solid Design; available in BBCOR

Cons

  • Often overlooked and under valued

Age: Up to High School

DeMarini

One of the BEST bats for POWER Hitters

The Goods 2022 USSSA bat

DeMarini The Goods

Pros

  • Drops nukes! Very powerful bat
  • Length: 29-32   
  • Drop: 5, 10   
  • Barrel: 2 3/4   
  • Swing Weight:  End Loaded    
  • Hybrid Bat     
  • USSSA Bat

Cons

  • Need the strength to barrel this nuke dropper up!

Age: Up to 14

Anderson

Good for Contact Hitters at a Value

Anderson Techzilla baseball bat

Anderson Techzilla

Pros

  • Not as pricey as the other bats on the market
  • Length: 30
  • Drop: 8
  • Barrel: 2 3/4th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 1- Piece Barrel
  • USSSA Bat

Cons

  • Good Reviews but not sure if it is worth the investment
  • Lack of Name recongition

Age: Up to 13

Mizuno

Good for Contact Hitters at a Value

Mizuno Hot Metal

Mizuno Hot Metal

Pros

  • Looking not to spend alot of money on a bat
  • Length: 30-32 
  • Drop: 5, 8,10   
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th 
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 1-Piece Barrel
  • USSSA Bat 

Cons

  • Little known brand
  • Unsure if it is worth the investment

Age: Up to 14

Aluminum/Alloy USSSA Bats – Under $99

Aluminum bats or Alloy bat generally come “Hot out of the Wrapper” which is helpful when you are just starting Coach Pitch or Kid Pitch baseball in your recreational league. Here are a few of the best youth baseball alloy bats for your son that won’t break the bank. These recommended alloy USSSA bats below will are for play in USSSA baseball regulations.

Anderson

Anderson Techzilla baseball bat

Anderson Techzilla

  • Length: 30
  • Drop: 10
  • Barrel: 2 3/4th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 1- Piece Barrel
  • USSSA Bat

Age: Up to 12

Easton

Easton Alpha 360 USSSA

Easton Alpha 360

  • Length: 26-27
  • Drop: 10   
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th 
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 1-Piece Barrel
  • USSSA Baseball Bat

Age: Up to 12

Easton

Easton Elevate USSSA bat

Easton Elevate

  • Length: 28 -32  
  • Drop: 9
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced   
  • 1-Piece Barrel
  • USSSA Baseball Bat 

Age: Up to 12

Aluminum/Alloy USA Baseball Bats

Louisville Slugger

Louisville Slugger Omaha USA Bat

Louisville Slugger Omaha

  • Length: 26-32
  • Drop: 10
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 1- Piece Barrel
  • USA Bats

Age: Up to 12

Louisville Slugger

Louisville Slugger Solo Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger Solo

  • Length: 28-32
  • Drop: 11
  • Barrel: 2 5/8th
  • Swing Weight: Balanced
  • 1- Piece Barrel
  • USA Bats

Age: Up to 12

DeMarini

The Goods 2022 USA bat

DeMarini The Goods

  • Length: 28-32   
  • Drop: 9,10   
  • Barrel: 2 3/4   
  • Swing Weight:  End Loaded    
  • 1- Piece Barrel
  • USA Bats

Age: Up to 12

What Kind of Bat is Good for a 7 year old?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors that impact bat performance, including the child’s size, strength, and hitting style. However, there are a few general guidelines that can help you choose the top youth baseball bat for your child.

Franklin Venom T-Ball Bat

Franklin Venom tee ball bat

BIG BARREL: The Barracuda teeball bat has a wide 2 5/8″ barrel for a larger sweet spot that makes it easy for young player to make good contact and drive the ball


ALUMINUM ALLOY: This bat is constructed from a durable alloy that was designed for high performance and increased “pop” while still remaining lightweight and easy for kids to control


EXTRA STRONG SOFT TOUCH GRIP: The batting tape around the handle is designed to be extra tacky for optimal grip so small hands can control the bat head easily and put good swings on the ball


USA BASEBALL BAT APPROVED: This bat has been rigorously tested to meet all USA baseball standards and is approved for league play. Designed for use with soft core tee balls.

Age: Up to 7

Rawlings Raptor T-Ball Bat

Rawlings Raptors T Ball Baseball Bat

TOP TEE BALL BAT FOR ENTRY LEVEL PLAYERS to use with soft-core tee balls


DESIGNED WITH THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF POWER AND Bat CONTROL, the Raptor USA Baseball Tball Bat (-12) provides players with a larger sweet spot on a bat that is easy to swing and feel like a pro

IDEAL FOR YOUTH TBALL PLAYERS AGES 7 AND UNDER, this ultra-lightweight tball bat will help players make better contact with the ball

USA BASEBALL BAT APPROVED IN ALL TBALL LEAGUES

Age: Up to 7

What Bat is Best for Youth Baseball?

There are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping and looking at youth bats. First, consider the size and weight of the bat. It should be the right size for your child to swing comfortably and hit the ball with power.

Second, look for a bat with a good length and weight balance for swing weight distribution. This will in a youth baseball bat ensure that the bat is not too top-heavy or bottom-heavy, which can affect your child’s swing.

Finally, choose a bat made from durable materials that will withstand heavy use. Youth bats are typically made from aluminum or composite material. Remember to take the region you live in and the weather into consideration as composite barrel bats are fragile if the temperature falls below a certain level.

What Features Should I look for in the Best Youth Baseball Bat?

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When it comes to selecting your next youth baseball bat you should consider a variety of factors like weight and height. Most importantly, you should be thinking about the bat size as it relates to your son. Personally, I know for years my son is more of a contact hitter. He needed a balanced bat with the sweet spot in the middle of the bat. An heavier bat would have hurt his production based on where he consistently hits the ball on the bat. Ultimately I wanted to make sure he had the confidence on the plate with the right bat size for his height and weight. 

So, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a $400+ plus bat, especially for little league, if it does not compliment your son’s hitting style. Additionally, purchasing a bat size that is “too big” or too long/ too heavy could actually hurt your sons swing. Below are a few of the things I will cover to help with the “marketing” lingo as you read about the youth bats and reviews. 

  • Material 
  • End Loaded vs. Balanced
  • Length/Drop
  • Training Bats / Hitting Accessories
  • Key Hitting Metrics Defined 

I hope it helps as just read over some of the youth bats reviews.

Understanding the Difference Between the Types of Bat Barrels

While there are many popular youth bats and brands out there I wanted to focus first on what the baseball bat is made of. There is a big difference between a composite bat vs an aluminum vs a wood bats. The material and the bat barrel diameter could have an immediate impact on the sweet spot and how far your son can hit the ball. So let’s start with the basics based on some of the best youth baseball bat reviews for your son as he may be getting started in little league.

What are the Advantages of A Composite Bat?

best youth baseball bats

Some of the best youth baseball bats are made from composite material. Composite bats use material known as carbon fiber polymer within the bat construction. The integration of the carbon fiber polymer make up all or part of the overall composite material in a youth bat. Those that are made 100% of this material are known as composite bats. Those bats use part of the carbon fiber polymer are known as Hybrid or Composite Hybrid bats. 

Advantages:

  • Improved Weight Distribution
  • More durable than wood bats
  • Trampoline Effect
  • Higher Damping Rate (reduces hand sting from mishits)
  • Greater “Pop” and Sweet Spot

Disadvantages:

  • Increased Costs or Higher Priced Bats
  • Potential for cracking in colder temperatures
  • Requires to be “Broken In” which equates to approximately 150 – 200 hits. 
  • Less durable than aluminum/alloy bats

What are the Advantages of the Composite Hybrid Bat?

Some of youth bats are actually hybrid. The Hybrid Bat enjoys the benefits from both pure composites and alloy bats. They are known as a two-piece bat where the handle is alloy and the barrel is composite. Thus, the youth baseball hitter enjoys the larger sweet spot and lighter handle weight. 

Overall, the composite bat is a dominate bat on the field that a young hitter wants in their bag. The ability to enjoy quick success delivers greater confidence and dominance at the plate. For those parents that don’t mind making the investment every season, these are some of the youth baseball bats options. 

What are the Advantages of An Alloy or Aluminum Bat?

Some of the youth bats are aluminum or alloy.The aluminum or alloy are exactly as the name describes. It is a bat constructed from 100% from aluminum. Some additives known as aluminum may be integrated to “enhance” the bat. The price difference between aluminum or alloy bats vary due to the quality of the aluminum or alloy material.

Advantages: 

  • Less expensive than most composite or hybrid bats
  • “Hot Out of the Wrapper” meaning this is a game ready bat and does not require a “break in” period
  • Single Wall Design are lighter and easier to swing
  • Double Wall Design increases the sweet spot and durability 
  • Can be used in any weather condition 
  • The loud “Ping” sound just sounds cool 

Disadvantages:

  • Hand stings from mishits 
  • Feels stiff on contact similar to wood
  • Single Wall Design are less durable 
  • Double Wall Design are heavier due to added mass
  • Visible dents or can be felt when you rub your hand on the barrel 

The aluminum or alloy bat still remain very popular at all skill levels of play. The price is determined by the quality of the bat but it may be considered a bargain compared to some of the higher priced composite bats. Read over some of the youth bats reviews to see if what other parents may have to say. 

What You Should Consider Buying A Wood Bat?

What can I say about the wood bat. It has been around since the game started. They are some of the best bats to start with. What I love about wood bats is the sound at the “crack of the bat”. Additionally, more and more wood bat tournaments are popping up. 

Most kids struggle with the smaller barrel and weight but I would say the best bat is a wood as they are the great equalizer. Both the composite and aluminum bats outperform the wood bats in terms of batted ball distance. So it is not a surprise to see the power hitter only get a single with a wood bats. 

Below is a great Dicks Sporting Goods has a wood materials comparison chart. 

wood baseball bat chart

Best Youth Bat Barrel Types

To best address this section you should be able to determine what type of hitter your son is. Is he a power hitter or a contact hitter? If you are unsure then let me clarify a bit more just in case! I get it especially as us “dad’s” all believe are kids are power hitters when actually they are a contact hitter. 

  • Contact Hitter – They rarely strikes out and move the line by putting the ball in play. Typically fast runners and usually are the lead off. Generally prefer a Balanced Bat.
  • Power Hitter – When they connect, watch out! Bomb droppers. Not everyone can be a power hitter. Expect a power hitter in the four hole to move the runners. 

So with these generic definitions we should be able to pinpoint type of weight distribution you should consider. Majority of the youth baseball bats reviews will usually end loaded or balanced for type of bat.

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Contact Hitters Should Use Balanced Barrels

Some of the best youth baseball bat of are balanced. If your son loves hitting the gaps, typically hits singles and doubles they should consider a balanced barrel bat. 

A balanced bat will have the weight evenly distributed from the tip of the handle to the end of the barrel which allows for complete control through the hitting zone with increased swing speeds. This is known as understanding what the proper length to weight ratio is for your son. Also, these types of bats generally have thick handles that not only provides a better grip but better durability as well. 

This is helpful to generate greater bat speed without sacrificing bat control. A great option when looking at all of the best youth baseball bats on the market.

Power Hitters Should Use An End Loaded Barrel

Some of the best youth baseball bats of 2022 are made for power. The power hitter love the end loaded barrel bat. Not everyone can properly swing this type of barrel bat properly and not for the typical player. The reason why is that it takes alot of arm strength for proper control of the bat. 

Additionally, a portion of the overall weight is geared towards the end of the barrel. This generates more mass behind one’s swing which results in increased power and ball flight for those big hits.

If you find that your son has great bat speed and is often getting ahead of the ball then you may want to start exploring an end-loaded barrel bat for their best youth baseball bats. 

What is the Bat Barrel Diameter and Why Does It Matter?

The barrel diameter is the width of the bat barrel. It ranges in size from 2 1/4 inches to 2 5/8 inches for youth bats. The larger the barrel diameter, the bigger the sweet spot on the bat barrel. 

Best Youth Baseball Bats by Length/Drop

As we start to understand how to select the best youth baseball bats your son needs this section is critical for his success. If you get this wrong you could either select a baseball bat that is too heavy or too light for your son. This would impact their performance on the plate and could then start to deteriorate his confidence. As you read for the right youth baseball bat reviews, it will always cover the length and drop kids are using. 

Below is a chart I would use strictly as a reference. The physical characteristics of each child could vary greatly. 

Baseball Bat Chart best youth baseball bats

Understanding the Youth Bat Length

There are three additional ways to understand length and if the length of the best youth baseball bats is correct. 

  1. Measure from the knob of the bat in the center of the chest to the tips of your fingers. 
  2. If the knob of the bat reaches from your chest and your child can grab the barrel of the bat.
  3. When wearing cleats, the bat should be no higher than your hip and/or reach the center of your palm.
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Understanding the Youth Bat Drop

Honestly, the drop weight of the baseball bat is just as critical as the length of the bat. (See the illustration above provided by Dicks Pro Tips). If the bat is too heavy then your son could have poor hitting mechanics or less success at the plate. 

You should pay attention to this key metric when evaluating upgrading your next youth all bat. o clarify, the drop is part of the formula used to determine the bat weight. Additionally, each inch is approx. 1 ounce. The formula is simply (Length) minus (drop weight) equals (weight of bat) in ounces. So if the length of the youth baseball bat is 30 with a drop 10 then (30 – 10 = 20 ounces).

Another typical scenario is your son hits his growth spurt and now swings a drop 12 today. It is time to move up from a 29″ to 30″ bat length. This adds one ounce alone.

However, because of his age and depending on which league he typically plays in, it may be mandatory he starts to swing a drop 10 in the next spring season. 

Therefore, you add one ounce from the length and two additional ounces because of the drop weight. Total of 3 ounces have been added which is significant. It is recommended that at least 6 months of swinging the heavier bat before using it on the field.

This is very important as you select your looking at all of the best youth baseball bats.

What is the best bat for 10u baseball?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on a number of factors, including the child’s size, strength, hitting style and little league bat rules. However, there are a few general guidelines that can help you choose the right youth bat for your child.

First, consider the child’s weight and height. A youth bat that has a barrel design that is too long or too heavy can be difficult for a child to swing, and may actually hinder their performance. Conversely, a bat that is too short or too light may not provide enough power.

Next, take into account the child’s hitting style. A child who is a power hitter will likely benefit from a heavier bat, while a contact hitter may want to look for a bat with a bigger sweet spot, a thinner barrel for a faster swing on every swing!

Some good youth bats you may want to consider:

  • DeMarini CF drop 10
  • Easton ADV drop 10
  • Marucci Cat Series drop 10 
  • Louisville Slugger Solo drop 10 or drop 12

Although there are many more options I would check your little league rules to make sure you look at the best bats available in your local area. 

Clarification on “Best Youth Baseball Bats”

The phrase “the best youth baseball bat” in this article will vary as you conduct your own research on various sites. I will be focusing on bats up to the point kids will start high school which typically are for the hitter up to 14 years old.

It is important to call this out is because young players hit their growth spurts at different times. So 10 year old could have greater bat control with a heavier drop 8 bat than his teammates who may swing a drop 10 bat. It all depends on how young players can handle the size and bat weight.

Best Youth Baseball Bats Summary

The good news is that the normal 2023 release of the new and best youth bat reviews were limited. That it helps you really hyper focus on some of the new features out there. The key thing is I would highly recommend is your son should have the biggest impact on selecting the best youth baseball bats for him.

My son is 14 years old and I plan on visiting retail stores that will allow him to swing the best youth baseball bats so he can “feel” them. Essentially, it doesn’t matter the amount of hype or marketing or even video reviews are out there, your son is unique. Empower him to try them out and you may be surprised and what he picks up. 

Best of luck this next little league season and hope this article helped you decipher some of best youth bat reviews you may read. 

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