As you can see from the links below this paragraph, we have written a “best bat” article for many different age groups. As we sit down to write the Best Bat for 12 Year Old blurb, we can’t help but think we will be repeating ourselves—especially since the 11 year old recommendations currently mirror our 12 year old picks. As such, we’d simply refer you to that article here with a strong recommendation for any of those bats. There are a few exceptions to those suggestions which we make below.
Last updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Quick Links To Age Recommendations
14 to 18 years old: BBCOR Recommendations
Best Bat for a 7 Year Old: 7U Baseball Bat Reviews
Best Bat for an 8 Year Old: 8U Baseball Bat Reviews
Best Bat for a 9 Year Old: 9U Baseball Bat Reviews
Best Bat for a 10 Year Old: 10U Baseball Bat Reviews
Best Bat for an 11 year Old: 11u Bat Reviews
Best Bat for a 12 year old: 12U Bat Recommendations
Best Bat for a 13 year Old: 13U Bat Recommendations
As we discuss above, our recommendations for a 12 year old do not change from an 11 year old. Often these groups are very similar and play on the same team. But we would suggest a couple of ideas as your player moves up the ranks. Here are three:
- BBCOR is coming soon. For the non fastpitch readers among us BBCOR may throw a wrench in our plans. While optimal bat size for optimal bat speed and performance may be in the 19 to 22 ounce range for any given 12 year old, it’s important to remember that in just a few short years these 12 year olds will be required to swing a BBCOR bats.BBCOR bats, you will recall, are required to have a drop 3 length to weight comparison. Meaning, a 12 year old swinging a 20 ounce bat today may very well need to swing a 27 ounce bat in all of 18 months from now. It’s possible, indeed probable, pushing their bat’s weight an ounce or two into the mid 20’s will pay dividends in the long run—even if it requires they struggle for a number of weeks with a heavier bat.In other words, don’t be too shy to push you 12 year old’s bat size a click or to up in ounces when compared to their 11 year old counterparts.