Keys To Buying A Youth Baseball Bat

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 2:32:07 PM

The new season is right around the corner. Whether you’re a youth baseball player looking to improve on last year or a helpful parent who wants their little All-Star to be as prepared as possible, you already know the importance of a good baseball bat.

But what should you keep in mind when buying a new Youth Baseball Bat?

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Find the Right Bat with the Bat Coach

Posted by Kelby P. on Jan 24, 2014 2:00:17 AM

Finding the right bat is crucial to your success at the plate. Have a bat that’s too heavy and you might struggle getting it through the strike zone. Have a bat that’s too light and you won’t be getting the maximum power from your swing. A lot goes into choosing the right bat, that’s why we have the Bat Coach.

Here at, we understand there are a lot of options to choose from when picking out a new bat. We also understand you may need help when choosing the right bat. Our Bat Coach assists in finding the right bat, as well as the right size, by guiding you through a short series of questions. Know the player’s height and weight? The Bat Coach can help find the appropriate size. Have preference of brand or material? The Bat Coach takes all that into consideration and will narrow down your selection for you.

The Bat Coach is here to take the guess work out of finding the right bat. Check out our Bat Coach and see what we suggest for you. If you have a question about our Bat Coach or just want a little more advice on bats, don’t hesitate to ask. Contact us by Phone (1-866-321-2287), Email (, or Live Chat.

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How to Break In a Composite Fastpitch Softball Bat

Posted by Derek H on Aug 12, 2013 12:00:49 AM


In the market for a new Fastpitch softball bat? Among the many factors to consider is the break-in period. Bats that are 100% alloy or with an alloy barrel are game-ready right out of the wrapper and will not require a break-in period.

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What Size Baseball Bat Should I Use?

Posted by Marcus A on Jul 22, 2013 3:39:27 AM

Selecting the appropriate baseball bat, either as a player or a parent, can be very confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for. There are a lot of options out there, and if you’re unsure of what you need, choosing the right bat can be difficult. But don’t worry - we’re here to help! Let JustBats help remove some of the guesswork from the equation!

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Softball Recruiting Tips From Carie Dever-Boaz

Posted by Derek H on Apr 25, 2013 4:25:29 AM

Former Division 1 Head Coach and National Pro Fastpitch National Champion, Carie Dever-Boaz has a wealth of experience and knowledge from her years as a player and a coach at the highest levels of Fastpitch Softball. She has been kind enough to visit us at and share with you the ins and outs of recruiting. In these two videos, Carie discusses how to get noticed in the recruiting process and the importance of playing travel ball.

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Bat Speed With Michele Smith

Posted by Derek H on Mar 25, 2013 4:37:51 AM

The fastpitch season is upon us, and we want you to be as prepared as possible. Not only with the best fastpitch bats on the market, but also with helpful tips to aid you this season and beyond. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few more tips from two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith.

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Breaking In Your Composite Baseball Bat

Posted by Derek H on Mar 14, 2013 4:00:54 AM

With the season fast approaching, you’re probably shopping around for a new bat. When you’re considering all of your options, there is a simple but important thing to remember: alloy and composite materials are different. An alloy bat is game ready the day you buy it. However, composite bats need to be broken in to reach their maximum potential.

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Tee Drills To Ignite Your Season

Posted by Derek H on Mar 7, 2013 3:00:36 AM

The time is now... time for the hard work to pay off. Although snow is still on the ground in some parts of country, the baseball and softball seasons are here at last. Spring training is in full swing, as well as college baseball and softball. For most parts of the country, high school baseball and softball tryouts are underway as well. The fun part of actually applying your hard work on the field has finally arrived, but your work is far from over.

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Train Insane!

Posted by Derek H on Dec 10, 2012 10:01:29 AM

The off-season is a true test of character for any player in any sport. Players who are complacent and content with being average love the off-season because it gives them time to relax and enjoy the time off. Players who strive for greatness love the off-season because they know while they’re taking hacks in the batting cage getting better, their “competition” is sitting on the couch. Since we know you’re in the category of the player striving for greatness, we know you can benefit from integrating a training bat into your off-season workouts.

There are four basic types of training bats that help to improve some of the most important components of a swing: hand-eye coordination, bat speed and bat path. Lets take a look at these training bats and the purpose of each one.

Hand-Eye Trainers

Hand-eye trainers are designed to feel like normal bats, but feature a narrower barrel. The smallest hand-eye trainers have a barrel diameter of only 1” in diameter. The reason for this is to improve hand-eye coordination, which is arguably the most important component of hitting. Here are a few examples of hand-eye trainers:

Easton Thunderstick

BamBooBat Soft Toss Trainer

MaxBat Hand Eye Trainer

Flat Bats

Flat bats are similar to regular wood bats with the exception of a flat hitting surface. The purpose of the flat hitting surface is to give the hitter instant feedback when they do not make solid contact. The result will be a level, more efficient swing and the ability to keep the barrel of the bat in the hitting zone longer (better bat path). The longer the bat is in the hitting zone, the better the chance of making solid contact. Here are a few examples of flat bats:

Brett Bros. Flat Bat Wood Training Bat

D-BAT Flat Bat Wood Training Bat

One-Hand Trainers

One-hand training bats are typically between 18” and 28” long and are one of the more popular and widely used training bats. They provide multiple benefits to the hitter. Not only do one-hand trainers help to strengthen hands and forearms, they also aid in improving hand-eye coordination and overall bat control. Here are a few examples of one-hand traners:

BamBooBat One Hand Trainer

COMbat One Hand Trainer

Louisville Slugger One Hand Trainer

D-BAT One Hand Trainer

Easton One Hand Trainer

Americas Bat Co. One Hand Trainer

Old Hickory Bat Co. One Hand Trainer

Bones Bat One Hand Trainer

MaxBat One Hand Trainer

Weighted Bats

Weighted bats are regular length but extra weight, designed to make the bat much heavier. This extra weight helps to increase bat speed. Some of these bats are designed only for use while on-deck, whereas some can be used while hitting off a tee or during soft-toss drills. Here are a few examples of weighted bats:

Bratt Bat Wood Training Bat

Louisville Slugger Wood Training Bat

D-BAT The ‘Log’ Training Bat

Bones Bat Maple Wood Training Bat

BamBooBat Wood Training Bat

Brett Bros. Warm-Up Training Bat

Do you have any experience using one of these awesome training bats? If so, we’d love to hear your feedback and how your training bat took your game to the next level. Do you have pictures or videos of yourself putting in hard work with one of these training bats? Submit them for a chance to win a gift card for $25 or $300 in our Gift Card Give Away!

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One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats

Posted by Derek H on Oct 30, 2012 1:17:21 PM

What type of bat is right for my hitting style?

In a baseball and softball bat market of ever increasing technology the recurring questions always come back to one-piece bats vs. two-piece bats. Which is better for a power hitter? Which is better for a contact hitter? What are the benefits to one over the other? Unfortunately there are no black and white answers to these questions because every hitter has their own preferences, but there is a clear difference in constructions and technology between one-piece bats and two-piece bats. We at are here to provide you with the facts to allow you to make the most informed decision possible. Here are the facts.

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First we should lay the groundwork starting with the basic difference in construction of the two bats. A one-piece bat is developed as one continuous piece of metal. A two-piece bat is created in two sections, the barrel and the handle, which are bonded together. Now that we know how they are constructed we can move onto the science behind the two construction methods.

One-piece bats provide little or no give and have a stiff feel when contact is made with the ball. Due to the fact that one-piece bats have a very minimal amount of flex at contact, little or no energy is lost which results in more power. For this reason, one-piece bats are preferred by stronger players with above average bat speed such as a power hitter.

Two-piece bats provide more flex at contact with the ball. The two-piece construction creates a “whip” effect that results in an increase in bat speed. An increase in bat speed results in an increase in power. For this reason players with average or below average bat speed such as a contact hitter, prefer two-piece bats .

We would encourage everyone to check out our Buyers Guide and Bat Resource Guide for additional information on the differences between one-piece and two-piece bats and other fantastic information such as sizing charts to figure out the appropriate bat size.

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Here are links to some of the most popular one-piece and two-piece bats for BBCOR, Senior League (Youth Big Barrel), Youth, and Fastpitch softball bats.

One-Piece BBCOR Baseball Bats: Marucci Cat 7 , Louisville Slugger Omaha 517, Rawlings VELO

Two-Piece BBCOR Baseball Bats: Easton MAKO Beast DeMarini CF Zen

One-Piece Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Bats: Easton S3 , Rawlings 5150

Two-Piece Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Bats: DeMarini Voodoo, Mizuno Covert

One-Piece Youth Baseball Bats: Mizuno Generation , Easton S3

Two-Piece Youth Baseball Bats: Easton MAKO BEAST XL , Axe Avenge

One-Piece Fastpitch Softball Bats: COMBAT Madison ShipmanAnderson RockeTech 2.0

Two-Piece Fastpitch Softball Bats: DeMarini CF9Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper

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