Built for kids 8 and under, this bat is as light as it is powerful. One-piece design keeps the bat sturdy and aerodynamic. Hyperlite composite material remains well-balanced. USA Baseball approved in all leagues.
Might be advanced for newcomers to the game.
Sturdy aluminum construction with lots of pop. Well-balanced with a good grip and a wide barrel that gives players plenty of sweet spot to hit with. An exciting snakeskin design that resists scratches and wear. Certified for use in USA Baseball.
May be too small for older players.
Designed to help your young slugger learn power and control from a young age. Designed for fast swings with good balance. The 1-piece alloy design prevents cracks and other issues. Boasts an impressive -12 drop weight to keep the swings crisp.
Not ideal for advanced hitters.
The 1-piece design keeps every proper swing smooth. Lightweight alloy is made from aircraft-grade ALX50 steel. The grip is designed with your child's comfort in mind. USA Baseball-sanctioned for leagues across the country. Great for beginners and veterans alike.
Some complaints of early denting.
Designed with the iconic brand in mind, this wooden bat takes everything the pros like about the original version and adjusts it to children's T-ball. Built from ash wood with a natural-looking finish like the pros. Helps your children get comfortable with wooden bats early.
Might be rough for young hitters. Could break with heavy swings.
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For children, the first time they play a team sport often will involve playing T-ball. This is a sport that resembles baseball and softball but that has rules especially friendly for preschool and other very young children.
Rather than having someone pitch the ball to them, T-ball players hit the ball from a tee that holds it stationary. This type of game allows the child to have success hitting the ball immediately. As they age and as their skills improve, they can migrate to softball and baseball where they can try to hit pitched balls.
Another advantage of T-ball is its level of safety. T-balls are softer and weigh less than baseballs and softballs. This allows the child to gain confidence while catching and fielding the softer ball before migrating to the harder configurations of baseballs and softballs.
To limit the force with which a player can hit the T-ball, players in T-ball leagues must use an approved T-ball bat. These bats are shorter and lighter than baseball and softball bats, meaning they fit the body, skill level, and age of the very young T-ball player while remaining safe to use.
The majority of these bats measure around 26 inches in length. For older, taller children, a longer-than-average bat may be preferable. Younger kids may need a shorter bat.
If the bat is too long to fit the child’s body size and level of strength, they’ll have trouble swinging it properly. This can lead to mishits, even with the ball on a tee. It also can cause muscle strains or bad habits that can affect the child’s swing path. These undesirable habits may linger when the child begins playing baseball or softball.
T-ball bats often weigh around 14 ounces, although lighter and heavier bats are available, typically in a range of 11 to 18 ounces.
A slightly heavier bat generates more force on the ball. However, if the bat is too heavy for the child to swing properly, it can lead to mishits and bad swing habits.
A T-ball bat is available in two diameters in the barrel of either 2 1/4 or 2 5/8 inches. These are the same diameters that appear in youth baseball bats.
Drop weight is a term that appears in all youth bats for softball, baseball, and T-ball. It refers to the difference in the bat’s weight in ounces compared to the bat’s length in inches. It’s always a negative number for a T-ball bat.
A common drop in a T-ball bat is -12, but a range of -9 to -15 is possible. A -15 drop measurement would indicate a longer, extremely lightweight bat. A -9 drop weight would indicate a heavier bat with a less-than-average length.
Bright and fun colors are common. Color doesn’t affect the performance of the bat, however. Children may decide they want a certain color in the bat, which is fine. Just make sure the bat’s size actually fits the child’s body. Don’t pick a bat on color alone.
The majority of bats for T-ball have a rubbery grip. This helps the player hold the bat securely while swinging it. More expensive bats may have a polyurethane grip that will last longer than rubber. However, the majority of children outgrow the bat before the grip wears out, so it isn’t necessary to spend extra for a high-quality grip.
T-ball bats often have fun names printed on them, including those of cartoon characters, which may appeal to younger kids. Don’t let a child only select a bat that looks fun, though. It should fit the child’s body and age.
Inexpensive: The least expensive bats cost $10 to $20. These often don’t feature popular bat manufacturers and brand names. A metal alloy is a common material in a bat in this price range.
Mid-range: Mid-range T-ball bats cost $20 to $40. Bats in this price range often have 2 1/4-inch barrel diameters. Both composite and metal alloy bats are available in this price range. You can find some popular manufacturers at this price point too, such as Easton and Rawlings.
Expensive: The priciest bats cost $40 to $100. These often have wider diameter barrels measuring 2 5/8 inches. Composite bats are common in this price range, as are wood bats.
Finding the right bat size involves thinking about your child’s body size as well as their level of strength, age, and arm length.
A. Any legal T-ball bat must follow USA Baseball’s standards and rules for the configuration, shape, and size of the bat. A legal bat will have a USA Baseball logo printed on it, as well as text that says, “Only for use with approved T-balls.” Some bats also contain a sticker that says they’re legal for T-ball games.
A. Players should primarily use T-ball bats for hitting T-balls off a tee. If your child is becoming bored with hitting the T-ball off the tee, parents occasionally can soft toss the T-ball to the child and allow the child to hit it with the T-ball bat safely. Don’t throw hard overhand pitches with a T-ball to a child using a T-ball bat. Instead, purchase a baseball or softball bat made for live pitching.
A. Bat manufacturers recommend avoiding using baseball, softball, or T-ball bats in temperatures of less than 50°F. Players can use their bats in lower temperatures, but they run the risk of causing damage to the bat.
A. It’s better to use a baseball or softball bat for game play in leagues where pitching will occur. However, understanding that some of these leagues place the ball on a tee for the player if they can’t hit the pitched ball, using a T-ball bat may be a requirement of the league. As long as the league uses soft T-balls and as long as the coach-pitcher or pitching machine is soft tossing the ball, a T-ball bat should work safely.