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Best Bats Ages 9 and Under


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Best Bats for Ages 9 and Under


Building Rome Series brings you recommendations for the best bats for ages 9 and under.

Some very good bats were ruled out as they are borderline too heavy for all but the bigger and stronger kids in this age group. Barrel control, plate coverage, and swing speed would likely suffer.

Here are the ten categories and the winners:

  • Best T Ball Baseball Bat – Rawlings 2019 Quatro Pro T-Ball Youth Baseball Bat (-11)
  • Best T Ball Fast Pitch Softball Bat – Ghost X Hyperlite -13 (2/14″) USA Youth
  • Best Value Baseball Bat – Louisville Slugger 2019 Solo SPD (-13) 21/2″ USA Baseball Bat
  • Best Value Fast Pitch Softball Bat – Easton Ghost -11 Girls Youth Fast Pitch Softball Bat
  • Best Alloy Small Barrel Baseball Bat – DeMarini 2019 Sabotage (-12) 23/8 USA Baseball Bat
  • Best Alloy Big Barrel Baseball Bat – Rawlings 2019 Velo -11 USA Baseball Bat
  • Best Alloy Fast Pitch Softball Bat – Marucci BL26 Cat -12 Fast Pitch Softball Bat
  • Best Composite Small Barrel Baseball Bat – DeMarini CF Zen Balanced -11 Drop 21/4″ Baseball Bat
  • Best Composite Big Barrel Baseball Bat –  Rawlings 2019 Threat USA Baseball Bat (-12)
  • Best Composite Fast Pitch Softball Bat – DeMarini 2019 Vendetta (-12) 2/14″ Fast Pitch Softball Bat

How to Choose a Bat

Here is a five step guide for how to choose a bat for your youth hitter ages 5 to 9.


Building Rome Series Blog: The Beginning Hitting Series

Here are the thirteen videos and articles contained in The Beginning Hitting Series:

Introduction to the Beginning Hitting Video Series

Seven Steps to Successful Youth Coaching

Best Bats Ages 9 and Under

How to Fix Dipping Under the Ball

Top 5 Priorities for the Beginning Hitter

Choose a Bat in 5 Steps

Improving Vision of the Beginning Hitter

Improving Hand-Eye Coordination

Position in the Batters Box

How to Overcome Fear of Being Hit

How to Improve Plate Discipline

Check Swing to Increase Productivity

Develop an Aggressive Batting Swing


Building Rome Series Books: Building the High-Level Swing

step by step hitting fundamentalsBuilding the High-Level Swing, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 contains a detailed and comprehensive examination of over 100 hitting fundamentals, techniques, and options.

In the Building Rome Series of books, fundamentals are built step by step. Importantly, construction of skills are in functional order, providing a “roadmap” to becoming a great hitter.

All baseball and fast pitch softball players can “climb the mountain” to becoming a productive hitter. Enjoy the quest!