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Fastpitch Softball Bat Size by Height

The easiest way to find the right bat size for you or your kids is to use a softball bat size chart. Simply find the player’s height and weight to find the bat length in inches:

Fastpitch Softball Bat Size & Drop by Age

This chart will tell you the appropriate bat length and bat drop for each age and certification. 

Softball Bat Size by Fit & Feel

You can also use your body to measure whether a bat is the correct length for you. This method is suitable if you’re shopping in person and you can touch and hold the bats. Simply follow any of these three methods: measure with your arm, your chest, or while standing up.

Fastpitch Softball Bat Drop Weight

All fastpitch softball bats have a weight value and drop weight. Bat weights are measured in ounces, while drop weights are negative numbers.

The drop weight is calculated by subtracting the weight of the bat from its length. For example, a bat that has a length of 30 inches and a weight of 20 ounces will have a drop weight of -10.

The larger the drop weight, the lighter the bat. Younger players will have higher drop weights because they can carry less weight, while adults will have lower drop weights because they can use heavier bats.

Common Softball Bat Construction

Deciding between a one-piece or two-piece bat can be a tough decision. It mainly depends on your skill level and level of play. Generally one-piece bats offer more power, durability, and a lower price point, while two-piece bats offer more flex, vibration dampening, and a higher cost.

Types of Fastpitch Softball Bats

You’ll also need to consider whether your softball bat is balanced or end-loaded and if it’s single-walled or double-walled. These can affect the feel and performance of the bat.

  • Balanced Fastpitch Softball Bats: Offer better bat speed and a lot of contact; Ideal for gap-to-gap hitters.

  • End-Loaded Fastpitch Softball Bats: Have a little more weight at the end of the bat; Ideal for driving the ball and demonstrating power.

  • Double-Walled Fastpitch Softball Bats: Have 2 barrel walls that offer a trampoline effect, allowing the ball to ricochet faster off of the bat; Great for more experienced players.

  • Single-Wall Fastpitch Softball Bats: Have 1 barrel wall and are generally lighter with a larger sweet spot; Suitable for new players who are learning their swing and contact hitters.

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