Slowpitch Softball and Youth Baseball Bats

Our Bat Buying Guide:

At, we want you to find the best slow pitch softball bats, and for your youngster, the best youth baseball bats on the internet. However, finding a bat that is the right fit for your needs can be daunting. You would be amazed at the technology used in today's bats, and just by how much some materials outperform others. Where your options were just wood and aluminum, you'll now find composites joining the party. The sophistication of today's bats allows hitters to place the ball more accurately, and hit the ball farther ten ever before. You will find the "trampoline effect" in many of these bats is impressive where it involves distance and velocity. Most associations have set limitations on just how much force these bats can put on the ball, in the interest of player safety. However, bat manufacturers will make and sell bats that push right up to the limitations of established regulations. This guide will help you choose the right bats for your needs. First, meet the brands:

Major Brands We Sell:

Easton Sports, Inc. is manufacturer, marketer and distributor of sporting equipment, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. It operates as a unit of Performance Sports Group of Exeter, NH and currently employs more than 1,000 people worldwide in various distribution, manufacturing, sales and marketing capacities. Other operations are located in Salt Lake City, Utah; Scotts Valley, California; Mexico and Canada. The company was started by James D. (Doug) Easton in 1922. His son James (Jim) L. Easton took over the company following his death in 1974. His son Greg runs the archery division independently from the team sports concern as a family owned division, having divested the team sports operations in 2006 to the former Easton-Bell group.
Ray DeMarini founded the company in Oregon in 1989, introducing a "high-tech" softball bat.[1] The company's 1995 introduction of double wall bats, and the increased power they provided, drew praise and propelled the company's success,[2] but also prompted concern over bat safety.[3] Sales surpassed 10,000 bats annually in the mid-1990s.[1] Acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods in 2000, DeMarini continues to research, design and build bats in its Hillsboro, Oregon facility.[4] In 2012, the company expanded the business by adding softball and baseball apparel.
Since the development of the game changing Ultra over a decade ago, we have continued to evolve a product lineup that elevates the performance of the worlds most demanding athletes. Only our patented process and the highest grade aerospace carbon fiber can deliver the unmistakable MikenĀ® feel - the transfer of energy when the ball connects with the sweetspot that makes the opposition step back.

Youth Bats

Weight is the most significant factor when choosing youth bats. Adults have a plethora of options where it involves materials, but alloys and wood are very heavy. Young folks should aim for light weight composite bats to get a feel for a true swing.

Your youngster will want to consult a sizing chart for the best guess on length ad weight of the bat. The height and weight of the batter is a good, useful guide to get you started. Check out the sizing chart below (from our good friends at DeMarini):

The Drop

You will read about the "drop" of a bat in your research. This is the ratio of ounces of the bat's weight against its overall length. The bat is lighter at the higher numbers, and heavier at the lower numbers. You may want to try out a number of different bats in a variety of ranges to get a feel for what is most beneficial to you. This way, you will find a bat that is comfortable, and allows you to swing with the most power and control.

Slow Pitch Softball Bats

So we have covered shopping the best youth baseball bats for your youngster. But for us weekend warriors, we need to have our own fun swinging the bat. Skowpitch softball bats are a dime a dozen, but choosing the right one is crucial if your aim is to help your team win. For starters, slowpitch bats are standardized - Each bat has a 2.25" diameter at the barrel, and are 34 inches long, weighing anywhere from 26-30 ounces. In large part, finding the perfect slowpitch softball bat will be a function of your size and/or physical strength. A 26-oz bat may be so light that you'll throw your back out trying to mash the ball. However, a 28-oz bat might just keep your hips and body in control as you swing through the ball. A lighter fellow may excel with a very light bat, and struggle at the heavier weights. Just like with the youth baseball bats, you'll want to try several weights to get a sense of your own personal style. Finding a Slow Pitch softball bat can be a very diligent task with how large the selection is out there. Let's break it down by a few certain key criteria to be sure you get a bat that fits your needs.

Balanced vs. Endloaded

Another factor in choosing a slowpitch softball bat is the distribution of weight form the handle to the barrel. Endloaded bats have more of the weight toward the end of the barrel, and feel a bit heavier when you pick them up. In a balanced bat, the weight is distributed uniformly over the length of the bat. These bats give a bit more cntrol in moving the bat through the swing. Conversely, a endloaded bat places more of the weight at the end of the barrel. This style is the preference of power hitters, as the bat effectively operats similarly to a hammer. Choosing between these two variations is based on your identity as a hitter.

An Illustration

To understand the differences between Endloaded (or Maxloaded) and Balanced bats, check out this video from our friends at