We have hit with every bat in every category. As well, we have had long conversations with industry insiders and major vendors about each bat. That experience, combined with thousands of hours researching and writing about bats and actually playing week in and week out, give us some some insight to the best bat for an 8 year old.
What is the best 8u bat?
Best Bat for 8 Year Old Criteria
As there are a number of good bats made for 8 year olds, league and swing type will be the most important factors in determining which one to select. As we show below, there is a range of bats in different price points worth considering.
One bat that should be on the list is DeMarini’s JBB 2 3/4 CF Zen*. We think the bat is outstanding in terms of pop and balance, but enough complaints on the durability make us hesitate at least a little bit. If it comes with a warranty, we say go for it. Otherwise, the following three bats are well worth a good look.
*After writing the above paragraph, the CF Zen JBB drop 10 has been banned by USSSA.
Best Bat For 8 Year Old
Choose the following performance baseball bat for your 8 year old based on price (below) and barrel length (see below chart). Other things to consider are below the chart.
|Rawlings VELO||Louisville Slugger|
|Barrel Size||2 5/8||2 3/4||2 1/4|
|Drop||Drop 12||Drop 10||Drop 11|
|Construction||Two Piece||One Piece||Two Piece|
|BPF 1.15 Stamp||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Best Price||Check Here||Check Here||Click Here|
|Warranty (days)||365||365||365 &|
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Common Questions from Parents of 8 Year Olds
1) How Much Should You Spend?
For 8 year olds we like to use the Rule of 10. This rule states that the maximum amount of money you should spend on a baseball bat for your 8 year old is 10 multiplied by the number of games he or she will play.
For example, if you are scheduled to play 15 games this year (a lot for an 8 year old), then spending a maximum of $150 on a bat is a pretty good limit. Of course you can spend less if you find a better deal or simply want to limit your budget.
2) What Size Is Allowed?
Before spending real money on a baseball bat, you need to know what restrictions apply in your league. At 8 years old, most have very few rules, but there are some who restrict the diameter of the barrel to 2 5/8 or even 2 1/4. As well, many require special stamping (like BPF 1.15 to printed on the bats).
3) What Size Should You Get?
There are two measurements in a baseball bat: the DROP and the LENGTH. The recommended drop is stated in the chart above. The length is dependent upon your child’s height and strength. Generally speaking, there are few 8 year olds who should be swinging anything more than a 29 inch bat. Some can swing a 30 inch. The only real way to tell is to try it out. But on the whole, we’d suggest the average 8 year old get a 29 inch bat. If he’s much bigger than average then go 30. Smaller go with the 28 or 27.