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Youth Bat Selection Guide


Selecting the right bat for the youth player is a process that involves more than a simple consideration of the player’s height and weight. The child’s strength, eye/hand coordination and the amount of fundamental baseball or softball training they have received are key elements in bat selection

When choosing a bat you should consider the foundational approach, or simple philosophy, to hitting that will be built on as the player improves and advances through the ranks. All paths lead to heavier bats. The TechZilla XP line features a Little League®, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, PONY Baseball, and AABC approved 2 1/4” diameter barrel bat. Senior Youth baseball rules allow a larger diameter barrel and a maximum weight to length differential of -8 ounces, high school and college rules allow a maximum of only -3 ounces, and new rules with tighter limitations are being considered as this is written.

It may seem ridiculous to consider high school and college rules when your child is only 8 or 9 years old but learning to hit is a “pay me now or pay me later” proposition. The question becomes whether to teach the younger player the proper mechanics to generate good bat speed with a slightly heavier bat or buy a lighter bat so they can immediately get around quicker in spite of lazy hands or other mechanical deficiencies inherently common in the typical inexperienced youth player’s swing. It is important to consider the child’s commitment to the game. A mildly interested child should take advantage of the lightest bat possible to get the best performance possible with the least amount of training. The lighter bat should also be given to a child that is just beginning his or her training to allow speedy early results to encourage future commitment. But as the child’s training advances and proper mechanics are achieved, progressively heavier bats should be considered. Here is the simplest rule of thumb: swing the heaviest bat possible without lowering bat speed. For instance, if a player swings a 19 ounce bat at the same speed they swing a 17 ounce bat, use the 19. Use the chart below to find a starting place for a bat length then swing several different lengths and weights to find the bat that feels right.

 

Bat Selection Guide by Height and Weight

Player

Weight

Player Height
3' 0" to 3' 4"
3' 5" to 3' 8"
3' 9" to 4' 0" 4' 1" to 4' 4" 4' 5" to 4' 8" 4' 9" to 5' 0" 5' 1" to 5' 4" 5' 5" to 5' 8" 5' 9" to 6' 0" 6' 1" +
< 60
26"
27"
28"
29"
29"
         
61-70
27"
27"
28"
29"
30"
30"
       
71-80
28"
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
     
81-90
 
28"
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
   
91-100
 
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
 
101-110
 
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
   
111-120
 
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
 
121-130
 
29"
30"
30"
30"
31"
32"
33"
33"
 
131-140
 
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
 
141-150
   
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
 
151-160
   
30"
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
34"
161-170
     
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
34"
171-180
         
32"
33"
33"
34"
34"
Over 180
           
33"
33"
34"
34"

 

Most Popular Length for Youths by Age
Age
5 to 7
8 to 9
10
11 to 12
13 to 14
Length
26"
26" to 28"
28" to 29"
30" to 32"
31" to 33"

 

Selecting the Right Model Bat

Anderson Bat Company offers only the highest quality extreme-performance youth bats available. Presently there are two models to choose from. Both bats are designed to give the youth player a competitive advantage at the plate.

TechZilla XP: (Recommended for the mechanically-sound advanced-skills hitter).

Introducing the hottest performing youth baseball bat in the world... TechZilla XP. One of the few multi-wall youth baseball bats in the game. The distance and exit speed off this bat have to be seen to be believed. TechZilla XP uses Anderson’s exclusive Power Arch Technology to increase responsiveness in the barrel and provide distance like no other bat in history. Start swinging the bat that will change your game forever. TechZilla XP has an end loaded feel and is available in lengths of 32”, 31”, 30”, 29” and 28” at a minus 9 swing weight.

PyroTech XP: (Recommended for the light hitter with advanced skills and/or a beginning player).

The PyroTech XP is the best all-around, single wall, youth baseball bat available. This high performance bat has a 2 ¼” barrel and includes our patented Vibration Inhibiting Package that eliminates the sting in the hands that is so common among aluminum baseball bats. The balanced feel and -11 swing weight make the PyroTech XP perfect for improving bat control and increasing batting averages. Young hitters love the big hitting area that provides the added distance outfielders dread. Watch your young baseball player build confidence at the plate. PyroTech XP is available in lengths of 32”, 31”, 30”, 29”, 28” and 27".

PyroTech XR:

Discover the Xtreme Response that this -8 big barrel baseball bat produces. The PyroTech XR has a 2 5/8 barrel and will be the only bat you will want to swing. This slightly end-loaded bat features Anderson’s Vibration Inhibiting Package to help transfer more power to the ball for added distance and reduces the sting in the hands. Our patented Power Ring End Cap strengthens the barrel and creates a sweet spot that is ideal for all hitters. If you are looking for a bat that will respond, you have found it! The PyroTech XR is available in lengths of 32”, 31”, 30”, 29”, and 28” at a minus 8 swing weight.

PyroTech XT:

Change bats. Change your mind. Grab PyroTech XT drop 5 and see why so many elite club players are using it to get ready for the jump to -3 high school ball. You wanted more bat speed, and PyroTech helped find it with a solid, weld-less ergonomic knob and ultra-thin whip handle. The Energy Loading System harnesses bat speed generated from your core to keep as much energy and contact vibration in the barrel. That deliver a change you can see in the distance you hit the ball. PyroTech drop 5. Transition bats. Transition your mind.

PyroTech XS:

Excess rage. Excessive results. Pitchers – bring the filthy stuff. The PyroTech drop 3 delivers rockets, ropes, bombs…you name it. The unrivaled technology of its Energy Loading System is great to know…but better to show. Forget about Taper Flex Technology and a computer-optimized shape that provides the smoothest feel in the industry… Just swing the thing. PyroTech X-S… your Extreme Solution.

All Anderson bats feature the patented weldless knob technology. The weldless knob is an ergonomically shaped counter weight designed in cooperation with a team of orthopedic surgeons to prevent injury and improve the balance of the bat by putting weight behind the hands.

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