Yet, is a natural tendency for any Little League athlete to choose the heaviest bat in the pile to take to the batter’s box. However, a light bat is much simpler to control, which is often contrary to popular thinking. Professionals players often use a lighter bat because it is far easier to hit the ball farther and harder because the bat can be swung much faster.
The popularity of light bats has grown in recent years. Many sports bodies review the use of bats at all levels of play including high school, and the NCAA. They have incorporated rules prohibiting using bats that are too light. The reason for this is that any strong player could hit the ball so hard with a light bat, that they put college level infielder players at risk.
However, at the Little League level, playing with a light bat is considered a safe solution for players at nearly any level. Ideally, a lightweight bat for a Little League player allows him or her to produce the proper technique when swinging.
Contrary to popular belief, purchasing a bat that the young athlete will “grow into” simply does not produce the best results. Bats that are too heavy tend to help the Little League athlete develop bad habits, improper technique and can discourage participation. Whenever selecting the proper bat, always elect to choose the lighter one, especially at the Little League level.
For as long as the game has been around, so have bats made out of wood. However, they tend to be heavy, are far less durable, and produce much less “pop” then what can be achieved through aluminum bats. Wooden bats should be left to the professionals and college players.
The most common bats used in Little League are those that are fabricated out of aircraft-grade aluminum. Through advanced technology, bats are now able to be produced with walls that are much thinner and lighter in weight. Typically, expensive aluminum bats are built with stronger alloys to increase their durability and strength to produce a lightweight thin wall.
The more durability and strength in a Little League bat will minimize the potential for dents, especially during cold weather. Parents can expect to spend anywhere from thirty to hundreds of dollars for the right Little League bat.
Remember, the right bat gets better little league results!