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Yorktown JAA Baseball / Softball

Yorktown JAA Baseball / Softball

Bat Rules

Yorktown JAA wants as many kids as possible to play baseball or softball. With that in mind we have decided to permit multiple bat standards to be used during league play. Below is some helpful information and FAQ's to help you out when shopping for the right bat for your child.

How do I choose the right bat for my child?

There are 3 measurements to consider when purchasing a bat: length, weight, and barrel width.

Length is straightforward. It is measured from the end of the knob below the grip to the end of the barrel.

Below is a chart of general guidelines to follow when sizing youth baseball bats. Remember that these are guidelines and not requirements.

Weight can sometimes be confusing for parents. Bat weights are measured in ounces by something called drop. Bat drops will be listed on the bat as negative numbers for example -5 or -8. The drop is always listed in relation to the length. For example, a bat that is 28 inches long with a -5 drop weighs 23 ounces; a bat that is 30 inches long with a -6 drop weighs 24 ounces.

It’s important to choose the right balance between length and weight because it makes a difference in the child’s swing. For instance, if you have a long, light bat, you can swing it very fast, but it will not have much power behind it. However, if you swing a short, heavy bat, you will plenty of power but may not be able to swing the bat fast enough

Below is a chart of general guidelines for bat drops by age. Again, these are not requirements just suggestions.

Barrel Width is another straightforward measurement. Most baseball bats have barrel widths between 2 ¼ inches and 2 ¾ inches. Obviously wider barrels provide more surface area to make contact. Usually the main consideration here is cost. In general, as barrel widths increase so do the cost of the bat. Other than those considerations barrel width is a decision based on personal preference.

How do I know if my bat is allowed?

Since Yorktown JAA has decided to use multiple bat standards it is likely that your bat is allowed to be used during league play.

Below are two of the more common stamps you will see on legal bats:

However, if your bat doesn't have one of these stamps it is still most likely legal for play. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact a board member listed on the About JAA page.

Can I use a wood bat for Yorktown JAA league play?


What about Tee Ball?

Tee Ball falls under the same guidelines as normal league play at Yorktown JAA. Most bats are approved as discussed above. If you have any concerns don't hesitate to contact a board member or discuss with your team's coach.


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