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Differences Between Junior and Youth Big Barrel Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Oct 9, 2017 9:00:55 PM

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Before we answer this question, here are some resources to answer other common bat questions we receive:

Now, back to the original question. What are the differences between Junior Big Barrel baseball bats and Youth Big Barrel baseball bats? To start, Youth Big Barrel bats are commonly referred to as Senior League or Senior Big Barrel Bats too. Senior League is the terminology used by bat manufacturers, but they're the same thing. Senior League refers to the category of the bat, while Youth Big Barrel is the type of bat. The terms have become interchangeable, though.

Senior League or Youth Big Barrel? They're the same thing.

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Junior Big Barrel Bats

Junior Big Barrel baseball bats are actually Coach Pitch bats. Seriously. So, these bats are meant only to be used in Coach Pitch Leagues, because they're intended to help young players learn how to swing a light-weight bat. These bats have thin walls but have a big barrel so that young players can easily hit a baseball. These are fragile bats and are perfect for Coach Pitch games where a coach controls the pace and speed of the incoming pitch. Other details of Junior Big Barrel Bats:

  • Also called Coach Pitch bats
  • Meant for ages 5 through 7 (Coach Pitch or young players)
  • -8 to -13.5 length to weight ratio
  • 26" to 34" in length
  • 2 5/8" or 2 3/4" barrel diameter
Youth Big Barrel Bats

Whether you call them Senior League bats, Big Barrel youth bats, or Youth Big Barrel bats, these are baseball bats used for the key transition from Junior Big Barrel to BBCOR. USA Baseball recently introduced the USABat Standard, so there are two types of youth big barrel bats: USA Baseball approved bats and USSSA approved bats. Other details of Youth Big Barrel Bats:

  • Also called Senior League bats
  • Ages 8-13 (8th grade and younger)
  • -5 to -12 length to weight ratio
  • 27" to 34" in length
  • 2 5/8" or 2 3/4" barrel diameter

Youth Big Barrel baseball bats are heavier compared to Junior Big Barrel bats. But, the key difference in the two types of big barrel baseball bats is that Junior Big Barrel bats are exclusively meant for younger players for Coach Pitch Leagues while Youth Big Barrel bats are for older players to use in USA Baseball, or USSSA approved Leagues.

Which do you swing: Junior or Youth? Let us know.

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