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

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It is probable that we have more experience in 9U baseball than any other league we write about. We have coached four teams in this division across both USSSA and Little League Ranks at far away and local tournaments. As well, we get access to every bat which we hit often, tracking the data on performance.

What is the best 9u bat?

There are several options we love at this age group, but if we had to choose one it would be the 2017 Rawlings VELO in a drop 12. That information comes together in this best bat for a 9 year old. It is a subset of our articles on the best bats.

Best bat for 9 year old

9 Year Old Best Bat Sources

We reviewed a number of sources putting together this article you might also find worth your time. If your player is on the younger or smaller size, you may consider looking at our Best Bat for an 8 Year Old: 8U Baseball Bat Reviews. If, on the other side of the spectrum, he or she is bigger or older for their age, maybe our Best Bat for a 10 Year Old: 10U Baseball Bat might make some sense.

As well, our Best Bats write up is constantly updated with new information on the latest and greatest and what may very well be your best bat.

Background and Methodology

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 every one 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 narrowed 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 recommend a 29 inch bat with a drop 10, 11 or 12. We suggest they swing the biggest barrel allowed in their league. 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.

2017 VELO Composite
2017 Louisville Slugger Catalyst ReviewValue
2017 Slugger Catalyst
Best 2 1/4 Youth BatsTop Shelf
Easton MAKO Beast
League Pitching Machine,
Coach Pitch,
Kid Pitch
Pitching Machine,
Coach Pitch,
Kid Pitch
Pitching Machine,
Coach Pitch,
Kid Pitch
Barrel Size 2 3/4 2 5/8, 2 3/4 2 1/4, 2 5/8, 2 3/4
Drop Drop 12 Drop 12 Drop 5, 8, 10, 11, 12
Construction Two piece Compsoite One Piece Composite Two Piece Composite
Swing Load Light Light Middle
BPF 1.15 Stamp Yes Yes Yes
Best Price  Check Here  Check Here Check Here
Warranty (days) 365 365 365

Overall: Rawlings VELO COMPOSITE

The light swing and big barrel of the Rawlings two piece composite VELO is ideal for a 9 year old player looking for as much plate coverage and as little swing weight as possible. We have had two 9 year old go through the ranks swinging this exact bat. The 2016 version of this bat is just as good as this 2017 version. And, as a two piece composite bat, it is a well priced model. Highly recommended.

See our full VELO composite review. Price check the Rawlings VELO Composoite.

Legit Value: Slugger Catalyst

2017 Louisville Slugger Catalyst Review

Although it only comes in a drop 12, the Catalyst is an idea bat for the 9 year old hoping for as much barrel and low swing weight as nearly possible. The price point is attractive and previous years’ models are solid buys as they are the same bat. Notice, as well, the added girth around the bottom hand of the bat helping for a different feel and a little more sting dampening that single piece aluminum bats need.

See our full Louisville Slugger Catalyst ReviewPrice check the Slugger Catalyst.

Youth 2 1/4 Option: Easton MAKO Beast

Best 2 1/4 Youth Bats

At the top of every list of bats on the planet, or near to it, sits the Easton MAKO Beast. It is a great a bat for the 9 year old as it is for the 19 year old. We like it in the 9 year old category mostly because of its dominance in the 2 1/4 Youth Barrel Space. The drop 10, 11 and 12’s in that Little League space have yet to be rivaled. Turns out the drop 10 and 12 JBB versions of the bat might be the perfect fit for the 9 year old in a big barrel league too.

Price check the Easton MAKO Beast. See our full Easton MAKO Beast Review.

CF Zen Breaking

We’d run amiss without mentioning the DeMarini CF Zen bat in this category. If you are in a big barrel league and looking for a top shelf bat, we think the Zen is as good a choice as any.

CF Zen Price checkDeMarini CF Zen Review.

Common Questions from Parents of 9 Year Olds

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 isn’t cause for spending 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 your league. 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. (See our best bat size chart for help there too)

Generally speaking, most 9 year olds should be looking for bats with a drop 12 to 10. There may be a few who can swing a drop 8. On the other side, a few might also need a drop 13. But, when in doubt at 9 year’s old, 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.