Softball: It’s not just in the “league” of America’s favorite past-time. It also does the body good, with anaerobic benefits, flexibility, improved self-esteem, upper body development, and total body conditioning.
But for your child to really hit a grand slam, you need the best youth softball bats in your bag.
Don’t get tagged out by all the competition in the market. The way to hit a home run on the field is to see what’s available IN the field. Step up to the plate for the 9 best youth bats for the summer.
When You’ve Got the Need for Speed
Think bats are all the same?
Well, let’s just say you are definitely in the right place!
Not only are they not, but there are so many categories, options, and preferences that you can really feel like you’re out in left field.
For example, did you know that youth softball bats vary depending on the speed of the game?
You thought softball itself couldn’t get much more American, but then you’ve got a Louisville Slugger LXT coming up to the plate!
This bat was born for kids whose line drives are coming fast and furious. Features include:
- 100% composite bat material
- Quite a few different choices of length and weight (choose this bat now and let it grow along with your youngster for the entire length of his or her softball career!)
- Balancing throughout the bat
- Stylish blue shading options
The makers of the Easton FP17S Stealth Flex probably didn’t name it that way because of its ghostly white barrel, but they sure could have.
The bat features colorful accents as well as:
- Balanced swing weight
- Two-piece thermal composite
- 15% higher barrel compression
- Technology that reduces vibration and sting
A long name can’t guarantee long drives, but when it’s backed by this brand, it can help!
The Wilson Demarini 2016 CF8 Fastpitch delivers everything in a barrel that looks almost graffiti cool in electric blue, bright pink, and solar white.
Note that this bat has some smaller internal parts that may get loose after long, hard-hitting play, so don’t place it in the hands of your toddler.
There are various sizes though, which means the bat can grow with your family.
Slow and Steady Youth Softball Bats
Remember the tortoise and the hair?
Slow won that race, and your child will really stand out in the slowpitch game with a bat built just for this type of sport.
Slowpitch youth baseball bats come in a variety of styles and no, they don’t slow down your child! They’re just built for this style of pitch.
You gotta know your worth!
OK, we know, we see what we did there.
But we mean it, the Worth Legit 220 is really both parts of its name: worth knowing, and totally legit.
Not only does this bat scream cool as it slices the air with its pink and green barrel, but it also:
- Has built-in classic M extreme ball
- 100% carbon fiber barrel
- Power molding process removes wasted material, meaning your child steps up to bat with a pure hitting machine and nothing else
- Full ounce end-load
- Most reactive sweet spot on the market
You might not know the name, but you will.
The Easton Composite Brian Wegman bat puts your softballer at the pro level.
It has an end-loaded barrel that really fires that ball into the home run zone and is so bright, you’ll see it from space.
OK, maybe not space, but you’ll be able to see her swing even if you got stuck with nosebleed seats in the stands.
More about the Easton:
- IMX composite barrel
- Specialty carbon handle reduces vibration and hand fatigue
- Ultra-thin gauze grip
- Super stiff handle means power is a priority
Demarini The One
The name itself sounds like a type of Italian speed car, but the Demarini The One is actually a slowpitch bat beloved for its stiff handle and swing.
One of its calling cards is the ability to really increase “pop” on the field, and at just five pounds, your child won’t pop til she drops of fatigue.
And Now for Some Alphabet Soup
As you get your child ready to take the field, have you considered BBCOR youth softball bats?
These specialty bats (which stand for Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution) are fully field-legal.
Whether your child can’t stand the feeling of wood (these bats have non-wood cores) or just wants to stand out, a composite bat may be just the way to go.
Good thing you have lots of choices!
Sometimes, you gotta go with what you know, and Rawlings has been a name associated with baseball probably longer than Cracker Jack has.
One of its entries into the BBCOR field is its Rawlings BBRV3 Velo, with a slim barrel in a dark hue that may appeal to girls who aren’t into the girly pink you tend to see everywhere.
The Rawlings is BBCOR certified, as well as:
- Offers a 25% larger sweet spot
- Is all one piece alloy constructed
- Has a comp-lite composite end cap (it’s lighter and easier to balance)
Truly one of the best BBCOR bats out there, the COMBAT AB7MX103 will have your child declaring war on her opponents!
The bat’s striking silver and black barrel mean business, and its lizard skin grip means even the most nervous of players will have their hands solidly in the game.
The COMBAT also offers a 20 to 40% larger hitting surface over some of its competitors.
Remember the Easton from slowpitch?
It’s covering a lot of bases here.
The Easton BB17MK Mako Beast is a BBCOR bat in solid black and it means business.
If you’ve decided to add this to your options for youth softball bats, your player will appreciate the 1.2mm hyperskin grip and two-piece technology composite.
It also boasts the fastest swing weight in the game.
Going Batty? Call In the Pinch Hitters
If all this talk of different types of bats makes you want to do a line drive right into the dugout, you’re not alone.
It can be really difficult to pick the best bat for your child, which is where we come in.
Click here and drop us a line. We’ll show you the truth – good bats do exist!
And the best part is when your child makes that mile-wide grin at the plate. It doesn’t matter if he pops a fly, gets on base, or heads back to the bench.
It’s making the match with kids and youth softball bats where we excel, and we hope to help you score soon!