Tee Ball Bat Size
The diameter of a t-ball bat varies from 1 inch (25 mm) to 2 inches (50 cm). There are two types of t-ball bats: regular and monster. Regular t-ball bats have a diameter between 1 inch and 3/4 inch (19 mm – 26 mm), while monster t-ball bats have a diameter between 4 inches and 7 feet (1.2 meters – 2.6 meters).
The diameter of a monster t-ball bat is very large. Monster t-ball bats are not suitable for children under 12 years old because they are too heavy to swing properly.
Monster t-ball bats weigh up to 100 pounds (45 kg). They are extremely strong and durable, but their weight makes them impractical for use by small children. Monster t-ball bats may cause severe head injuries if swung at full speed with little or no training.
Regular t-ball bats are made out of wood, which is lighter than metal. The diameter of a regular t-ball bat ranges from 1 inch (25 mm) to 3/8 inch (15 mm). A standard t-ball bat weighs between 10 and 20 ounces (280 – 600 grams).
These weights make regular t-ball bats ideal for kids ages 6 months to 8 years old.
The length of a t-ball bat ranges between 26 inches and 34 inches (660 mm – 865 mm). T-ball bats for kids shorter than 3 years old do not exceed 26 inches in length (660 mm). Kids aged 3 to 5 years old can use a t-ball bat that is up to 28 inches long (710 mm).
Kids aged 6 to 8 can use a t-ball bat up to 30 inches long (760 mm).
Easton Mako Beast Tee Ball Bat
The Easton Mako Beast comes in two barrel lengths, 12 and 15 inches. The 12-inch barrel is intended for children between the age of 5 and 7. The 15-inch barrel is designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 10.
Both models weigh between 10 and 12 ounces and have a composite barrel.
To make the bat more durable, the edges are rounded. This prevents the bat from chipping or splintering. The grip is made of a soft, tacky material to ensure a firm grip even when your hands become sweaty or slippery.
Easton produces the Mako Beast with two different types of composite materials to achieve different levels of flexibility. The 12-inch barrel is made of High-Modulus Carbon Fiber (HMF), while the 15-inch barrel is made of Advanced-Composite Carbon Technology (ACCT). Due to their different compositions, these materials produce bats with different levels of flexibility.
While the HMF is less flexible than the ACCT, it also produces a lighter and more durable bat. The ACCT is more flexible than the HMF, but it is not as durable.
The Mako Beast comes in two color combinations: black with neon green and orange. Or you can purchase a Mako Beast with a single color scheme: neon green with black. No matter what color combination you choose, this bat will sure to be eye-catching out on the baseball diamond when the sun glances of its shiny surface.
The Easton Mako is a great option for children between the ages of 5 and 10 who are just starting out playing baseball. This t-ball bat has a smaller barrel than the others we’ve discussed, which will make it easier for small hands to get a firm grip. It also comes with two different types of barrels: one flexible and one stiffer.
Different kids have different amounts of strength and flexibility, so it’s nice to have options. We’ll go into more detail about these features below.
The first thing to consider when choosing a t-ball bat is the length. A good rule of thumb is that the bat’s length should be between your child’s chin and their nose. If you hold the bat out in front of you, its end should touch the ground.
If it comes up past your child’s nose, it’s too long and could be dangerous. Also, you don’t want it to be so short that they have trouble connecting with the ball.
No kid under the age of three should use a t-ball bat. Their muscles aren’t strong enough to swing a bat with any force. Even kids aged three to five shouldn’t use bats shorter than 26 inches (66 cm).
Size is Only Part of the Equation
The t-ball bat you choose should be appropriate for your child’s height. As we said, the bat’s length should come up to your child’s nose. It’s also important to make sure that it isn’t too heavy for him to swing with proper form.
If it is, he will have a really hard time making contact with the ball and might develop bad habits.
The good news is that manufacturers have take these factors into account. All of the bats below come in different sizes for different age groups. We’ve chosen a bat within a range that should fit your child.
Most kids aged 3 to 5 will do well with a 24-inch, 16-ounce bat.
Most kids aged 5 to 8 should use a 26-inch, 12-ounce bat.
Most kids aged 8 to 12 should use a 28-inch, 10-ounce bat.
If your kid is on the shorter or lighter side, consider getting a lighter bat. If they are really strong, you may want to get a heavier bat. You don’t want it to be so heavy that they can’t control it.
That could cause them to develop bad habits. Just remember that children under the age of five have a hard time controlling their muscles. So get them a slightly lighter bat than they might otherwise use.
Does My Kid Need Their Own Bat?
Most little leaguers start out with their very own bat. They feel more invested, and you probably will have to buy fewer bats over time. However, if finances are tight, you don’t need to buy a second bat. Many leagues let kids share bats. This is especially true for t-ball where a heavier, less expensive bat will do.
While most kids have their own bats, some leagues don’t require it. You can share with your child if you really want to save money or just don’t want to deal with buying and storing another bat. Just make sure the bat you are using is in good condition before you let your kid use it.
Also make sure the sizing is appropriate for your child.
If you do plan to share a bat, some leagues require that the bat bears both your and your child’s names. This is to prevent people from misusing or losing someone else’s expensive equipment. So if you aren’t buying your own bat, make sure you and your kid both sign it so you can turn it in when you register.
Tips for Getting Your Kid Started
Most counties have youth baseball teams for kids aged 4 to 18.
Most counties have youth baseball for kids aged 4 to 18. Little League is the most well-known program. But there are a lot of other options.
Some towns even have multiple programs to accommodate different skill levels, so your kid has a chance to play with and against kids their own age and skill level.
Our advice is to check out your local programs and registration dates before you do anything else. That way you can see what programs are available and when you need to register. Some towns have year-round registration.
If that’s the case in your town, you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible so you get a good spot for your kid.
If the registration dates aren’t until the spring, that gives you a little breathing room. You can do some research now, and then register when the time comes. Either way, you need to know what your options are before you buy any equipment.
Start by looking at the registration website for your town or county. Most of them will have information about the different programs available and when you need to register. From there, you can decide if there is one that sounds right for your kid.
Some of the programs include:
T-ball: For kids aged 4 to 6, this is a great place to start. It’s essentially a non-competitive introduction to the game. Kids don’t even keep score; the idea is just to have fun.
Coach-Pitch: For kids aged 5 to 7, this step up from T-ball involves kids learning more about the game and beginning to develop their skills. Kids will start throwing underhand and batting in a more traditional manner.
Minor League: For kids aged 6 to 12, this is about developing skills without necessarily worrying about winning or losing. Your child will get the chance to play in a game that counts in the standings, but they aren’t expected to be the best player on the team.
Major League: For kids aged 8 to 12, this is all about winning. If your kid wants to be the best, but isn’t quite ready for travel ball just yet, this is the place to be. Kids can develop their skills and be part of a team.
They just won’t be pushed quite as hard as the travel ball kids.
Travel ball: For kids aged 12 and up, this is the first step into the more competitive side of baseball. Kids will play in multiple tournaments and games each week against teams of similar skill level. It can be a lot of fun, but it’s the sort of thing where parents are expected to volunteer their time to help out.
This is just a short list of some of the main programs out there. There are others, so if you don’t find anything that sounds right for your child, do a more thorough search.
You’ll want to register your kid before stepping into equipment, but there is one more thing that needs to be discussed first.
How much is all of this going to cost?
The costs of playing
Little League has a yearly fee which helps keep the organization running and pays for things like insurance. It also helps to fund the little league fields that they maintain around the community. This yearly fee is roughly $70 a child.
You will also need to buy equipment. Most of this can be found online or at your local sports store.
For baseball, this includes:
Gloves: Typically priced between $20 to $120.
Helmets: Typically priced between $20 to $100.
Catchers Gear: Around $200, including the helmet and other protective gear.
The prices can really add up quickly. If your child is serious about baseball, it might be a good idea to buy him a bat, a few batting gloves and a shoulder guard. These items are typically priced between $50 and $200 a piece.
If you plan on attending tournaments outside of your community, you need to make sure you have enough money for gas and food along the way.
While Little League doesn’t charge parents anything, it can still end up costing a lot. It’s best to sit down and talk with your child about the costs before pursuing this any further.
You’ve done your research and you’re confident in your child’s desire to play. Good. It’s time to sign up!
You might need some help from your wife, but the process is fairly simple. Go online and find the registration page for the local Little League organization. You’ll be asked for your child’s date of birth, gender and what position they play before being given a list of programs to choose from.
Pick one and enter all of your information before moving on.
You’ll then be asked for your payment information. This will vary from town to town, but most include a one-time registration fee of around $70 and then an annual fee of around $35. You can pay all at once or spread it out through automatic payments.
Next comes the fun part: picking out your uniforms and equipment! You’ll need to choose a jersey (several colors to choose from), a team cap and a pair of pants that match your jersey. You can get away with either buying or renting these, but since you’re paying for it you might as well buy.
After you’ve chosen your jersey, you need to add your own name to the back and number it to match the number on the front of the jersey. The number is usually pre-selected when you buy it, but some places let you chose.
The final step in ordering is choosing your equipment. You can either do this online or over the phone. You’ll need at least one bat, a helmet, a set of cleats (sneakers with metal spikes that prevent slippage), a glove and several different types of baseballs.
The price of this equipment can vary greatly. You can spend as little as $50 on a used bat or up to several hundred dollars on a new one. Most of the better bats come with a one or two year warranty.
This means that if the bat breaks, you can exchange it for a new one.
For most, a new helmet runs from $40 to $90, but some models can cost hundreds. Cleats usually run between $30 and $70, with sliding shorts and pants also available. A glove can be had for as cheap as $15 or as much as several hundred dollars.
Finally, you can order the cheapest baseballs you can find (a bag of 15 will only run you around $5), or you can buy the over-priced and fancy pro variety.
Remember when I told you to write this information down?
It’s time to put it to use!
Divide the total cost up into monthly payments and write down each payment along with what it’s for. This way, you’ll never forget to send a check in.
Now all you have to do is wait for the equipment to arrive (allow two weeks minimum for shipping). When it comes in, your child’s eyes will be bigger than a set of car tires as they lug their new toys out of the box.
In addition to all the fun they’ll have with it, this new hobby will teach them many lifelong lessons, including:
Time management – Finding time to practice each day.
Organization – Keeping their equipment together in one place.
Confidence – Learning that success comes from hard work and practice.
Sportsmanship – Learning how to get along with others.
Endurance – Staying healthy through exercise and diet.
Patience – Waiting their turn and watching others have their turn.
Determination – Doing their best and never giving up.
These lessons will serve them well throughout life, so be sure to help them with their new hobby!
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