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Best Bat for 9 Year Old: 9U Baseball Bat Review

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Last updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

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If you are looking for the best bat for a 9 year old then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve sorted through every baseball bat, hitting with everyone available in the space through 2016, and can wholeheartedly recommend the following three bats.

Clearly there are WAY more than just 3 bats we like that fit this age class, but in an attempt to be helpful we made the hard decisions and got it down to three. We update these regularly as new bats arrive and as pricing in the market changes.

Before we get into specifics, lets cut to the chase: for the average 9 year old we’d recommend a 29 inch bat with a drop 10, 11 or 12. We’d suggest they swing the biggest barrel they are allowed to. There are several exceptions to this which you can read about below, but if you were looking for the cliff notes version, there you have it.

These bats were based on performance, value and overall quality. Below this chart is help with finding the exact right sizing and pricing.


Mid-RangeBest Bat for 9 Year Old2015 DeMarini NVS VexxumValueBest Bat For 9 Year Old2015 Marucci Hex AlloyTop Shelf
Best Bat for 9 Year Old

2016 Combat MAXUM

LeaguePitching Machine,
Coach Pitch,
Kid Pitch
Pitching Machine,
Coach Pitch,
Kid Pitch
Pitching Machine,
Coach Pitch,
Kid Pitch
Barrel Size2 1/4, 2 5/8, 2 3/42 1/4, 2 5/8, 2 3/42 1/4, 2 5/8
DropDrop 12, 10, 10.5Drop 12, 10, 10Drop 10, 12
ConstructionTwo piece HybridOne Piece AlloyOne Piece Composite
Swing LoadMiddleMiddleMiddle
BPF 1.15 StampYesYesYes
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Warranty (days)365365365 &
Love it or
Return It

1) How Much Should You Spend?

For  a nine year old we like to use the Rule of 10. Meaning, the maximum amount of money you should spend on a baseball bat for your nine year old is the number of games he or she will play multiplied by 10. For example, a 15 game season shouldn’t spend more than $150 on a bat.

2) What Size Is Allowed?

Before spending real money on a baseball bat you need to know what rules are allowed in the league he or she is playing. In particular, you need to find out what diameter bat is allowed and if there are any special stamping or marking requirements.

3) What Size Should You Get?

There are two measurements in a baseball bat: The DROP and the LENGTH. The drop is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. For example, a 30 inch bat that weighs 20 ounces has a drop 10.

Generally speaking, most 9 year olds should be looking for bats with a drop 12 to 10. There may be a very few who can swing a drop 8 and a few who need a drop 13 or more. When in doubt, go with a drop 12.

The length of bat should rarely exceed 31 inches. We suggest a 29 or 30 inch bat for nearly every nine year old. 

Best Bat for 9 Year Old