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2018 easton ghost x

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2018 mizuno maxcor


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Welcome and thanks for visiting 2018 Youth Bats! Our goal is to provide you with the most honest and unbiased youth baseball bat reviews and information. We are parents and we aim to be unparalleled, giving your kids and ours the best suitable baseball gear. We hope that you will enjoy reading our bat reviews and evaluations, as we certainly love writing them. If you like what you see, please make sure to share us throughout your baseball communities! Thanks again!


check out some of our featured 2018 usa Youth bat reviews!

 

2018 easton Ghost x -10

Easton's new line of Ghost USA Youth Bats come with new technological advancements following the USA Bat Standard change. Featuring the new bigger 2 5/8" barrel, Easton's Ghost promises to deliver maximum performance and an ultra-natural feel. Pairing Easton's EXACT Carbon Composite with their reengineered CONNEXION technology, the Ghost X is a 2-piece fully composite. It's one of our highest ranking and reviewed bats, finishing with a 9.5 out of 10. On top of all of the new additions, the Ghost X will be the longest composite bat in USA Baseball. Click here to read more...

 

2018 mizuno maxcor (-5)

The MaxCor from Mizuno is definitely a bat that shines through and stands out from the rest. Through out our evaluations, the MaxCor repeatedly hit the ball farther than all of the other bats we tested. Pair that with a great score when it came to vibration control and you have one of our highest rated and recommended bats for the up coming season. Mizuno spent a lot of time researching new technologies featured in the MaxCor. Such technologies are its Viscoelastic Polyurethane Sleeve, Mizuno's HotMetal alloy, and CorTech for pop, balance, durability, speed, and overall performance. Click here to read more...



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what you need to know when buying a new youth bat:

Success at the plate is highly dependent on choosing the correct bat for your kids. There are plenty of factors that go into choosing the best youth baseball bat. Parents, it is your obligation to select the right one for your kids. The bat’s weight, length, material, and barrel diameter are just a few specifications to consider when buying a new youth bat. By doing all the research for you and organizing it onto one page, we hope that we are providing you with the best quality information when you are looking for a new youth baseball bat. By choosing the correct bat, you will help your kid achieve his goals at home and at the plate.

Before getting on to selecting the best youth baseball bat for your kid, please check all rules and regulations regarding your league. Starting January 1st, 2018, most youth baseball leagues will be implementing a rule change to the youth baseball bats. If you are 14 years old or younger and play Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie or AABC, you will need to use a new bat marked with the new USABat Stamp.

1. Weight: Let’s start off with one of the most important things when selecting the best youth bat, choosing the right weight. Choosing the right weight will give your kid full control and the ability to make contact with the ball thus increasing the chances of a base hit or home run. A bat too heavy will have your kid swinging more foul balls or striking out and vice-versa, a bat that is too light and you can forget about your kid hitting a home run. To select the ideal proper weight for your kid, we recommend using the table below. The ‘Rules of Thumb for Recommended Bat Weights’ were studied and created by Bahill and his colleagues. (For calculating bat weight from the formulas, please use inches (height), pounds (weight), and years (age).

Youth Hitter Age Bat Weight Calculation Formula
11 - 12 Years Old
Weight/18 + 16
9 - 10 Years Old
Height/3 + 4
7 - 8 Years Old
Age x 2 + 4

Everyone’s little batter comes in all different shapes and sizes, has different strengths, and different swings. Bigger and stronger kids will lean towards a heavier baseball bat for maximum power. Batters who don’t have as much power find lighter bats more beneficial as it allows them to swing with a greater bat speed.

2. Length: Another important factor to consider in conjunction with the right weight is the correct length when considering a new youth bat. The length of the bat is just as important as the weight since it affects the way your kids swings. Longer bats allows for better reaches of the ball but they have a tendency to be heavier and could result in slowing the swing down. If you don’t believe us, believe one of the all-time best players of the game, Babe Ruth. He once said, “I then began experimenting with the length, and found out what I should have known all along, that I could do better with a shorter bat. …Going to the shorter bat was one of my best moves, and I have wondered many times since why any player would bother with swinging a stick an inch or two longer than was absolutely necessary.” We agree with Babe, we think it’s safe to say he was one of the all-time best players of the game. For your convenience, we have provided our table for deciding the recommended bat length.

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Youth Hitter AgeBat Length
5 - 7 Years Old 24" - 26"
8 - 9 Years Old 26" - 28"
10 Years Old 28" - 29"
11 - 12 Years Old 30" - 31"
13- 14 Years Old 31" - 32"
15 - 16 Years Old 32" - 33"
17+ Years Old 33" - 34"

We say both length and weight are the most vital in finding the most perfect youth bat maximizing your kid’s potential.

3. Material: Here’s where youth bats become a little less strict when it comes to selecting a new youth bat for your youth batter. There are 3 main types of bat material when it comes to a new baseball bat. The three are: Composite, Alloy (generally Aluminum), and Wood.

Composite baseball bats are made of a reinforced carbon fiber polymer or “composite” into the bat. If you ever see a hybrid bat, that means part of the bat is made of composite material and the rest is made out of either aluminum or wood. Composite bats are more on the expensive side of youth baseball bats, however they have their advantages. Generally speaking, composite bats have been designed to improve their trampoline effect over time. If you aren’t sold by that fact, how about increased swing weight, a larger sweet-spot, bending stiffness, and lower bending vibrations? Unfortunately, not everything is perfect as composite bats have a chance of cracking when it’s cold out.

Aluminum (Alloy) Bats are also called metal bats. They have been around longer and have had more experience in the baseball field than composite bats. Aluminum baseball bats perform the best when it is brand new out of the wrapper and will generally see a decline in performance as the bat undergoes the normal wear and tear. Unlike composite bats, there is no ‘break-in’ period with the aluminum bats. Although aluminum bats tend to be cheaper than composite bats, they tend to have a smaller ‘sweet-spot’ and less ‘pop’ than composite bats. All-in-all, if you are looking for a cheaper bat, go with the aluminum, it will save your wallet, since they generally last longer than composite bats.

Wood Bats are very popular in the big leagues; however we don’t recommend youth baseball hitters using them other than for practice. This is because they are less forgiving than composite or aluminum bats and they require far more accuracy during the contact to make the ball go farther. However, they are very durable and like aluminum bats they don’t need to be broken in.

4. Barrel Diameter: Please note: The 2018 USA Bat Standard rule change now allows the use of 2 5/8” big barrel bats for all ages. Youth baseball bat hitters will now because able to use either 2 ¼” or 2 5/8” inch barrel diameter as long as they carry the new USABat Stamp. In small barrel-sized bats, the weight is more evenly distributed and will give your kid a faster swing-speed and better control. However a larger barrel size will allow a bigger sweet spot which will give your kid a better chance at hitting it farther.

Parents, we know the right baseball bat for your son or daughter is a daunting task and it does require a little bit of work. That’s why we developed our hitting team of youth baseball batters to help us fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of your next baseball bat. We provide training and a day of fun where kids will get to learn how to improve their craft of baseball, while adults and parents alike get to learn which baseball bat will be the most beneficial on their own playing-field. We hope that by writing this and explaining which baseball bat will be the best for the youth, you will be able or at least one step closer to choosing the correct one. However, if you still have questions about selecting the right bat for your kid, please contact us or use our Coach’s Bat Recommendation tool.


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How To Properly Maintain and Take Care of Youth Bats:

Parents, whether it’s a new youth bat for practice or the upcoming youth baseball season, we all know youth bats do not come cheap. They come in all different materials, weights, lengths, and most importantly prices. Over time, bats lose their fresh out of the wrapper smell and look. They get covered in ball marks and dents, and the worst of all cracks which by the way, umpires deem unusable. For the love of youth baseball, we don’t want you to have to shell out more money than you have to when buying a one and we want to protect your investments by offering more than a just few tips and tricks on properly maintaining and caring for your bats. Feel free to teach your kids as they should be the one with knowledge and responsibility of knowing the ins and outs of their bat.

As you may have learned, although alloy bats last longer than composite bats, the rules of taking care of them are the same. Here are a few things you should avoid when trying to properly take care of your youth bat:

  1. Although the Major League players make it seem cool, DON’T tap the bat against the bottom of your cleats or spikes. The composite or alloy will start to chip away and eventually speed up the process of the inevitable wear and tear of the bat.
     
  2. Avoid it anywhere that might have really hot or cold temperatures, especially your car. The epoxy that holds the end cap of the bat will constantly expand and contract thus loosening the grip resulting in loose or uneven end caps.
     
  3. Try to avoid using the youth bat in batting cages. Obviously, using the bat more and more will also speed up the process of the wear and tear. Our solution to this problem Is using last season’s bat, getting a wood or training bat for use.
     
  4. We find that the most important thing to do when properly maintaining your bat is to make sure to rotate the barrel at least a 1/8 rotation every time you hit the ball. Most baseball bat manufacturers have made it easy by putting indicators on youth bats to remind you where you should rotate it. By rotating the bat barrel, it preserves the walls of the wall keeping the bat alive as long as possible while maximizing a longer period of bat performance.

Keeping those major rules in mind, we have also found the most effective methods when cleaning your bat are:

  1. We believe that the number one best way to clean your aluminum or composite youth bat is with a Magic Eraser! Believe it or not, don't go it until you try it. They will take off the majority of the scuffs and marks on your bat. Add a little bit of water to your bat and start scrubbing. You will be amazed at how quickly the scuffs that wouldn't come off with dish soap and a cloth would with an eraser.
  2. Markwort Clean Up Batter Bat Cleaner – Spread a little onto a micro-fiber cloth or sponge and rub away! It has cleaned off a year’s worth of ball marks and makes a youth baseball bat look new again. It has multiple uses including using it for cleaning left over grip residue, cleaning helmets, batting gloves, and baseballs.
  3. The good old spit and shine method doesn’t hurt to try, it’s free and easily accessible however you won’t find it as easy as the other methods listed above.

We think that teaching your kids how to properly maintain and clean their bats is just as important of knowing the rules of how to play baseball. It’s a big responsibility, after all, some cost just as much as a monthly payment on a car, the latest gaming console, or a month’s worth of groceries for some.