NON-WOOD BAT RECOMMENDER

1. SELECT LEAGUE REQUIREMENT

BASEBALL
  • BBCOR
    HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE
  • USA BASEBALL (USA)
    USA BASEBALL (USA)
  • USSSA
    USSSA
FASTPITCH SOFTBALL
  • ASA/USA SOFTBALL
    ASA/USA SOFTBALL
  • ISF
    ISF
  • USSSA
    USSSA
  • ISA
    ISA
  • NSA
    NSA
  • NFHS
    NFHS HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE SOFTBALL
SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL
  • USSSA
    USSSA
  • ASA
    ASA
  • SSUSA
    SSUSA
  • ISA
    ISA
  • ISF
    ISF
  • NSA
    NSA

2. SELECT MATERIAL

  • ALUMINUMALUMINUM
  • COMPOSITECOMPOSITE
  • HYBRIDHYBRID

3. SELECT CONSTRUCTION

  • ONE-PIECE
    ONE-PIECE
    Stiffer than two-piece bats, with less flex during swings.
  • TWO-PIECE
    TWO-PIECE
    More flex during swings than one-piece bats, helping generate more power.

4. SELECT BALANCE

  • BALANCED
    BALANCED
    Bats have weight evenly distributed through the barrel.
  • END-LOADED
    END-LOADED
    Bats offer a top-heavy feel, due to some weight being concentrated at the end of the barrel.
  • EVENLY BALANCED
    EVENLY BALANCED

5. SELECT YOUR HEIGHT/WEIGHT

SELECT HEIGHT
SELECT WEIGHT
END-LOADED
YOUR BAT LENGTH
SEE YOUR RESULTS

RECOMMENDED BATS


NON-WOOD BAT SELECTION GUIDE

COLLAPSE

There are multiple factors to consider when selecting the perfect bat. This guide will help breakdown these components, to help provide a foundation of understanding.

FEEL, SOUND AND LOOK

While many of the components to selecting the perfect bat are measurable, quantifiable, relatable or even predetermined, not all bats feel the same. Feel is a very personal component to selecting a bat and, ultimately, the right bat for you should feel right to you. Hold the bat in your hands; swing it when and where it is safe to do so.

The sound a bat makes at the point of contact with a ball can be influenced by the bat's materials and construction, which will be covered later in this guide. While it may not be the most obvious factor in selecting a bat, and trying to describe the ideal sound may be difficult (or impossible), sound can either detract from or add to the real or perceived performance of a bat.

Also, a bat's appearance can and usually does elicit an emotional response. The look of a bat may be a key, deciding factor when selecting a bat.

BAT LENGTHS AND WEIGHTS

Bats lengths are measured in inches, from knob to end cap, and weights are measured in ounces. A bat's length-to-weight ratio is calculated by subtracting the weight from the length. The resulting number is expressed as a negative value, and may be verbalized a few ways. For example, a bat that is 33 inches long and weighs 30 ounces would have a length-to-weight ratio of -3. This may be referred to as “drop 3” or “minus 3”. The larger length-to-weight ratio, the lighter the bat. For example, a -3 bat is heavier than a -5 bat and so on.

It is crucial to select a bat that has your ideal bat length, weight and length-to-weight ratio. In many cases, stronger and more experienced players may prefer longer and heavier bats. Likewise, smaller and less experienced players may benefit from shorter and lighter bats.

PLAYER HEIGHT, WEIGHT AND ARM LENGTH

In addition to strength and experience, use your height and weight to determine the right bat length for you. The following chart is a good starting point.

PLAYER WEIGHT
(POUNDS)
PLAYER HEIGHT (FEET' INCHES")
3'0" - 3'4" 3'5" - 3'8" 3'9" - 4'0" 4'1" - 4'4" 4'5" - 4'8" 4'9" - 5'0" 5'1" - 5'4" 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'1" >
BAT LENGTH
< 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" 33"
161 - 170 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171 - 180 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
181 > 33" 33" 34" 34"
< 60
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4" 26"
3'5" - 3'8" 27"
3.9" - 4'0" 28"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 29"
4'9" - 5'0"
5'1" - 5'4"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
61 - 70
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4" 27"
3'5" - 3'8" 27"
3.9" - 4'0" 28"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 30"
5'1" - 5'4"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
71 - 80
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 28"
3.9" - 4'0" 28"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 30"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
81 - 90
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 28"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 30"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
91 - 100
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 28"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8" 32"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
101 - 110
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8" 32"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
111 - 120
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8" 32"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
121 - 130
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" >
131 - 140
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" >
141 - 150
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" >
151 - 160
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 31"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 32"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" > 33"
161 - 170
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0"
4'1" - 4'4" 31"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 32"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" > 34"
171 - 180
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0"
4'1" - 4'4"
4'5" - 4'8"
4'9" - 5'0" 32"
5'1" - 5'4" 33"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 34"
6'1" > 34"
181 >
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0"
4'1" - 4'4"
4'5" - 4'8"
4'9" - 5'0"
5'1" - 5'4" 33"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 34"
6'1" > 34"

1. MEASURE FROM CHEST TO PALM

You can also help determine the right bat length by first extending one of your arms out to the side, and then holding the bat’s knob in the middle of your chest with the bat’s end cap pointing toward the hand of your extended arm. If the end cap ends at your palm or wrist, the bat is probably too short; if the end cap ends past your index finger, the bat is likely too long.

2. TEST IF BAT IS TOO HEAVY

Likewise, you can help determine the right bat weight by trying to hold the bat in your extended hand for 45 seconds. If you can’t reasonably hold the weight for 45 seconds in this manner, the bat is probably too heavy.

LEAGUE REQUIREMENTS (BAT STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS)

Each league requires a certain standard for bats that are permitted for use. Be sure to check that the bat you select includes a stamp with certification from the correct governing body for your league or tournament. Here is a list of the most popular governing bodies.


B A S E B A L L

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

CERTIFICATION STAMP: BBCOR .500 (BAT-BALL COEFFICIENT OF RESTITUTION)
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 5/8" OR LESS
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: -3 ONLY

USA BASEBALL (USA)

YOUTH BASEBALL STANDARD
(AABC, BABE RUTH / CAL RIPKEN, DIXIE, LITTLE LEAGUE, PONY)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: USA BASEBALL
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 5/8" OR LESS
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

USSSA

(UNITED STATES SPECIALTY SPORTS ASSOCIATION)
YOUTH BASEBALL

CERTIFICATION STAMP: BPF 1.15
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 3/4" OR LESS
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS


F A S T P I T C H  S O F T B A L L

ASA/USA SOFTBALL

(AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION)/(USA)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ASA 2004
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

ISF

(INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL FEDERATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ISF
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

USSSA

(UNITED STATES SPECIALTY SPORTS ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: USSSA 1.20BPF
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

ISA

(INDEPENDENT SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ISA
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

NSA

(NATIONAL SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: NSA
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

NFHS HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SOFTBALL

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ASA 2004
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS


S L O W P I T C H  S O F T B A L L

USSSA

(UNITED STATES SPECIALTY SPORTS ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: USSSA 1.20BPF
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

ASA

(AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ASA SOFTBALL
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

SSUSA

(SENIOR SOFTBALL)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: SSUSA 1.21BPF
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

ISA

(INDEPENDENT SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ISA
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

ISF

(INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL FEDERATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: ISF
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

NSA

(NATIONAL SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION)

CERTIFICATION STAMP: NSA
BARREL DIAMETER: 2 1/4"
LENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: VARIOUS OPTIONS

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTIONS

The best performing bats enable different types of hitters to get the most power and speed out of their swing, with the best sound and feel. There are several materials and constructions that are utilized to provide the best equipment for each hitter.