How do I choose the right tee ball bat ?

The journey to become an All Star starts when you're little. That's why it's important that you play with the correct equipment right from the start. So when you're little champion is ready for it's first own tee ball bat, what do you need to look for? This guide will help you tow know what to look for when you want to buy a new tee ball bat.

Tee ball can be the first time when the little one can experience the sport. With the right tee ball bat they are able to enjoy the game even more. In order to do this, you’ll need to consider the weight, length and drop.

The right length

There are three main measurement methods that are being used all the time.

  1. The first method is by placing the bottom of the bat in the middle of their chest. Point the end of the bad to the side, parallel to their outstretched arm. If they are able to reach the top of the bat with the palm of their hand easily, the bat has the right length for them.
  2. The second method is by putting the bottom of the bat in the center of their chest and to face it outward. If they are easily reach out and grab the barrel of the bat, then it is the right length for them.
  3. The last method is by standing up and placing the bat up against the side of their leg. If the end of the bat reaches the center of their palm when they reach down to the bat, the bat ahs the right length.

You can use all three methods to make sure it is the right length.

The right weight

To find the right weight of the bat for your little baller, you’ll have to look at the drop measurement. This weight drop should be displayed somewhere on the side of the handle or barrel. The drop of the bat is the difference between the bat’s length and weight. For example, if your child has a bat that is 25 inches in length and a 10-ounce drop. Then you’ll have to subtract 10 from 25, this leaves 15. So this means that the weight of the bat will be 15 ounces. Most of the Tee ball bats have a weight drop between 10 and 14.

A young player should be able to properly hold the bat for about 30 to 45 seconds out to their side. If the bat starts to hang at the end of the bat, then it’s too heavy for them.

Eventually, your young player will outgrow their bat. Just like any other piece of equipment they need on such a young age. After a tee ball bat they are going to need a youth softball or youth baseball bat. Be sure to read our other Buying Guides on “How to buy the right bat for a youth player”.

Material and construction

A tee ball bat can be made out of two options regarding the material. The first one is alloy, this gives the bat more durability which comes in handy at a young age. The second option is composite, this provides more pop, speed and a better feel.

Most of the tee ball bats feature a one-piece design. This will give more pop to the ball and it gives a more stiffer feel to the bat.

Last but not least, always make sure to check with your coach or the local league to make sure that your tee ball bat meets all the requirements. Providing the real bat is essential for the young hitter’s potential.