BASEBALL BAT SIZING CHART
Not sure what size baseball bat you need? You've come to the right place. Here, we'll break down the different types of wood use for our bats and which hitter profiles fit best with each, along with the different parts of a bat, and, of course, the bat size chart with some helpful sizing tips.
We need to note that our quick-reference baseball bat size chart can help you select the appropriately sized bat for yourself (or for your Little Leaguer). Of course, the table below can only serve as a guideline to help you get close to a bat that may be appropriate. Much like professional baseball players, each batters' preferences, styles, and power greatly influence the type of bat that will work best.
With all that said, let's get to the breakdown, or click here to jump straight to the chart if you want to skip the encyclopedia coming up next.
Types of wood & hitter profiles
At Phoenix Bats, we use 3 different types of wood for our wood bats: rock maple, northern white ash, and yellow birch. Our wood bat billets are the best of the best cuts from the best mills in the area. Each wood type has unique properties that lend themselves to crushing bombs in different ways. Check out this gigantic chart we made to break it down!
Now that you know the anatomy of a baseball bat, let’s get into finding the right fit for your bat. The length and weight of your bat largely depends on the height and weight of the batter, but there’s some room for personal preference, too.
A bat’s swing weight refers to the weight distribution along the bat’s length. Baseball and softball bats are 1 of 3 swing weights:
- Light-swinging: Best for younger or smaller hitters. Weighted more towards the middle of the barrel, where the center of gravity is nearer the hands, requiring less swinging force to get the right velocity.
- Balanced: Best all-around choice. Lighter, easier to swing, and more durable than end-loaded bats, but provides less power.
- End-loaded: Best for power hitters. Its heavier end gives more power on contact, leading to longer distance hits. The weight slows the swing speed down, but the extra momentum more than makes up for that.
Baseball and softball bats range in length from 25 inches for the peewee ballers up to 34 inches or longer for the more giant among us. Most youth bats are 25–32 inches long, while most standard bats are 32–34 inches long. Refer to the chart for the most accurate sizing determined by batter height and weight.
A bat’s drop weight (or just “drop”) refers to its weight in ounces minus its length in inches, which will always be a negative number. Numbers closer to 0 correlate to a heavier bat. For example, a 32-inch bat with a -3 drop (29 ounces) weighs more than the same bat with a -4 drop (28 ounces). For a trickier example, a 32-inch bat with a -2 drop weighs the same as a 33-inch bat with a -3 drop (both equalling 30 ounces).
Phoenix Bats’s drop weights range from -2, -2.5, or -3 for adult woods bats and -5 to -8 for youth bats. Metal bats can go as low as a -13 drop, but we don’t care much about those (except for our Smoke metal BBCOR bat, which is a stellar feat of engineering and sports a -3 drop).
A batter’s choice for drop weight depends on their size, strength, personal preference, and the type of wood used. Once you find the length you need, try out heavier and lighter drops to get an idea of the difference.
HOW TO MEASURE
No matter the age, league, or gender, measuring for a wood baseball or softball bat is pretty straightforward.
With a Tape Measure & Bat Size Chart
The most accurate way to find the best size bat is to measure the batter’s height and weight, then find the corresponding length on the bat size chart below. Of course, this chart is just a guide. Swing a few bats a size above and below the chart reading and see what feels best.
Sizing Yourself Without Measuring
If you’re out shopping and don’t have a tape measure handy, we have a couple sizing tricks you can use:
- Stand straight (preferably in cleats) and place the bat straight down at your side with the knob up. You should be able to grasp the handle of the bat (just below the knob) without leaning down.
- Hold the bat flat across your chest, with the knob at your sternum and the barrel out along your arm. From this position, you should be able to grasp the end of the barrel.
Sizing for Youth Bats
Since children are more oddly proportioned than adults, sizing is a bit different here (but still straightforward).
The best bet is to again follow the chart. If your child is under 3 feet tall in cleats, start with a 25-inch bat. If they’re over 3 feet tall, start with a 26-inch bat and go up 1 inch in bath length for every 4–5 inches your kid grows (e.g., move to a 27-inch bat when they’re about 3’5”).
Alternatively, have your little slugger stand straight in cleats with the bat standing up at their side. The handle should just reach their hip, but no higher.
USABat and BBCOR Rules & Regulations
Wood Bat Rules
All of our wood bats are solid, single-piece works of art, and they adhere to all Little League and USA Baseball regulations, with or without the USABat marking. All of our wood baseball and softball bats are approved for play at all levels, from Little League through travel, high school, collegiate, and pro ball.
Metal Bat Rules
Our Smoke metal bat is BBCOR approved—bearing the “BBCOR CERTIFIED .50” stamp—for use in travel, high school, and collegiate leagues. The 2-piece aluminum/composite hybrid bat sports a 2⅝-inch oversized barrel and a -3 drop weight, coming in lengths of 32, 33, or 34 inches.
Without Further Ado... The Phoenix Bats Size Chart
|< 60 lbs||61 - 70 lbs||71 - 80 lbs||81 - 90 lbs||91 - 100 lbs||101 - 110 lbs||111 - 120 lbs||121 - 130 lbs||131 - 140 lbs||141 - 150 lbs||151 - 160 lbs||161 - 170 lbs||171 - 180 lbs||181 - 190 lbs||191 - 200 lbs||200+ lbs|
|3' - 3'4"||26||27||27||28||28||28||28||29||29||29||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|3'5" - 3'8"||27||27||28||28||28||29||29||29||29||29||29||x||x||x||x||x|
|3'9" - 4'0"||28||28||28||29||29||29||29||29||30||30||30||30||x||x||x||x|
|4'1" - 4'4"||29||29||29||29||29||30||30||30||30||30||31||31||31||x||x||x|
|4'5" - 4'8"||29||30||30||30||30||30||30||30||31||31||31||31||31||32||x||x|
|4'9" - 5'0"||x||30||30||30||31||31||31||31||31||31||32||32||32||32||32||x|
|5'1" - 5'4"||x||x||31||31||31||31||31||31||32||32||32||32||32||32.5||32.5||32.5|
|5'5" - 5'8"||x||x||x||31||32||32||32||32||32||32||32||32.5||32.5||32.5||33||33|
|5'9" - 6'0"||x||x||x||x||32||32||32||32.5||32.5||33||33||33||33||33||33.5||33.5|
|6'1" - 6'4"||x||x||x||x||x||33||33||33||33||33||33||33.5||33.5||33.5||33.5||33.5+|
**Height in feet/inches. **Weight in pounds. **Bat length in inches.
Please Note: This table should be used as a general reference/recommendation. We realize each player is different and is of a different skill level. If swinging a metal bat, we recommend the same length wood bat.