By: David A. Aguirre
The 2018 class of USA Baseball youth participants will be the first group of youth baseball players to swing a bat that abides by the USA Bat Standard. If you are looking for a breakdown of the USA Bat Standard itself, please follow the link provided. This particular blog post focuses different critical thinking points youth baseball families should mull over when purchasing a 2018 youth baseball bat. Choosing the right youth baseball bat goes beyond simply walking into your local sporting goods or department store and grabbing the bat with the coolest graphics. Baseball families not only need to consider the measurements of their youth player, but also the performance variance from the old youth bats to the new 2018 youth bats that display the USABAT stamp. The following are five key viewpoints to ponder when buying a 2018 youth baseball bat for your youth slugger.
1. WHEN BUYING A 2018 YOUTH BAT, COMFORTABILITY IS KEY
One major setback the USA Bat Standard will give youth baseball players is not knowing what to expect. For the 2018 season, players should focus more on purchasing a baseball bat that feels comfy and provides more fluidity in a batter’s swing more than power. Until the youth baseball community has time to experience the new USA Bat Standard, buying the most popular bat may not work out for every youth player. Ensuring a comfortable grip and confident swing should be #1 priority.
2. DON’T BE IN A RUSH TO BUY A 2018 YOUTH BAT
On 9/1/2017, all the new 2018 youth baseball bats featuring the USA Bat stamp will become available for purchase. As eager as it may be, we suggest parents use more patience when deciding on the timing of your purchase. As stated earlier, the best strategy is to hold off on picking a bat and use the trial and error of others to your advantage. See how other youth players respond to certain bats and read reviews online before investing any money.
3. KEEP IN MIND THE EFFECTS THE USABAT STANDARD IS EXPECTED TO HAVE
Remember, USA Baseball adopted the USA Bat Standard with the intention of achieving the same effects the BBCOR has made on collegiate and high school baseball. All USA Baseball affiliated organizations such as Little League, Pony, or Dixie expect to see a significant drop in offensive production and injuries. With these expectations, it’s easy to assume the USABAT Standard will diminish the amount of pop from 2018 baseball bats to some degree.
4. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BASEBALL BAT MANUFACTURERS REFUND POLICY
When purchasing a 2018 youth bat, make a special notation of the unique return policies of each baseball bat manufacturer. Most companies have at least a 30-day trial period allotted to every sale. This is a great way for your youth player to get a good feel for the new 2018 youth bats coming in. As long as you don’t take the bat to the cages, these companies will most likely always accept any return. This is a fantastic method to systemically find the best baseball bat for your child.
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Our entire purpose is to help the youth baseball families affected by the USA Bat Standard adapt to the new performance standard as quickly as possible and find the perfect baseball bat for your youth player. We hope our website is your one stop shop for all news and information relevant to 2018 youth baseball bats