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Baseball and Softball Bats

Baseball and Softball Bats

The most obvious difference between Baseball and Softball Bats is their respective lengths. The most commonly used length for each type of bat is: baseball - 33", softball 34", youth - 30”.

Another difference between softball and baseball bats is the weight. Adult slow-pitch bats the most popular weight is 28oz. However, variations in the location of the balance point in individual bats can make the of 28oz bat feel much lighter. It can also make it feel much heavier than its actual weight. Many older slow-pitch models are much heavier, weighing in between 33-39oz. A Fastpitch softball bat is generally lighter than a slow-pitch model. This allows for better bat speed and control. The range of weights for adult baseball bats is much smaller because of the rules requiring a weight/length ratio that does not exceed -3.

Other than length differences, the second most glaring distinction is the barrels. Those on baseball bats are traditionally thicker than those on softball bats. The barrels of baseball bats, which are used for play under college and high school rules, are 2-5/8" in diameter. This is a reduction from 2-3/4" following legislation in the late 90's. Adult softball bats are thinner, with barrel diameters of only 2-1/4". Youth bats have the same diameter as adult slow pitch bats. In fact, 30" youth bats offered by several manufacturers are simply 34" adult slow-pitch bats with two inches cut from both the handle and barrel ends.

Mizuno Bats and Demarini Youth Bats

Fast-pitch bats often have a barrel that takes up almost half the length of the bat. These create a shorter taper region and are design to provide an expanded and more responsive hitting surface while allowing a hitter to make better contact. Mizuno softball bats offer some of the widest sweet spots in the industry. So, you would be wise to check out our selection of Mizuno bats. We have Mizuno bats for baseball and softball. They also make several youth softball bats. So check out all of the Mizuno baseball bats and youth softball bats on our website today.

Demarini youth bats have been some of the most popular models over the last 10 years.  Their models tend to offer a wide variety of weight drop options.  This year with the USA bat certification change, Demarini youth bats have taken a slightly different look.  They now have 2 5/8 inch diameter barrels. This will allow young players to put the ball in play more frequently.  So, be sure to check out the Demarini youth bats and the rules for your league today. [product_tag tags="baseball-and-softball-bats"]

Adult Baseball Bats vs Adult Softball Bats    

Adult baseball bats have a long handle while the handle diameter is larger than that of adult softball bats.

There are also differences between Mizuno softball and Mizuno baseball bats in the stiffness of the barrel. This is primarily due to differences in the properties of baseballs and softballs. Also, each react with the bat materials on impact. Ball speed as well as the properties of the ball make for differences in the interaction between bat and ball.

The barrel stiffness of a high performance baseball bat and a high performance softball are significantly different. The barrels of Mizuno baseball bats tend to be stiffer than Mizuno softball bat models.

Youth Softball Bat Differences

At the youth level there is very little difference in softball and baseball bats. The weight drop and certification are the main differences.  A youth softball bat and a youth baseball bat have very similar construction. At the adult level, they design baseball and softball bat models to match their respective games. Conceivably you could use a baseball bat to play softball, as long as you can adjust to the slightly shorter total length, and the heavier weight. Using youth softball bats to play baseball, however, would inevitably result in a crack in the bat or broken bat as they don't design these models to withstand the forces resulting from an impact with a baseball. (The same would be true of using a fast-pitch softball bat in a slow pitch game; you would probably damage your fastpitch bat.)

You could use a slow-pitch bat in a fast-pitch softball game without damaging it but with the larger weight you would probably not hit as well. However, none of this would be legal for league or tournament play as they require bats with baseball or softball specific certifications.

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