|14+||-10 or -9|
|16+||-10, -9 -8|
|Most Popular Length by Age|
Bat length is measured in inches from knob to end cap. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the outside of the plate. However, longer bats also tend to have more mass toward the end of the barrel, requiring more power to swing them. We recommend swinging bats of different lengths to determine which option best suits your swing. The right combination of length and weight will help you reach peak performance. Fastpitch bats are commonly found between 28 and 34 inches. Please check the size chart for examples of what length may be appropriate for you.
Bat weight is measured in ounces. A bat’s weight is often referenced using the term ‘drop weight’ – the length minus its weight in ounces. Depending on the specific bat, the weight distribution can be different, with some bat’s weight distributed evenly throughout the barrel, while others tend to have a touch of added weight toward the end of the barrel – usually in designs crafted for elite power hitters.
Figuring out weight drop is simple. For example, a 31-inch, 21-ounce bat carries a -10 drop weight. A general rule of thumb is the higher level of competition, the lower the drop weight, which means the bat feels heavier. A -8 fastpitch bat will feel much heavier than, for example, a -11 bat. Players with more experience are more likely to have the strength required to not only swing, but control heavier bats. Younger players, meanwhile, often gravitate toward lighter-swinging bats that are easier to get through the zone and control.
Composite bats are made with a layered material (often carbon fiber) that is easy to distribute, giving our experts the ability to craft bats with a variety of swing weights, ranging from balanced to end-loaded.
Composite fastpitch bats are primarily built one of two ways: in a linear design or with a gapped wall design. A linear design showcases a single-wall barrel while the gapped wall construction utilizes not only the lower compression outer barrel, but an inner wall that, when activated, can produce a trampoline-like effect for additional performance.
The barrel is the thickest and widest part of the bat. It’s where you’re looking to make contact with the ball when you step to the plate. Barrels come in a range of sizes and are measured by diameter. Almost exclusively, fastpitch bat barrels measure at 2 1/4”.