The best bat for a 10 year old?
Even though we are well into 2018 we would buy, and recommend, the retooled 2017 CF Zen in a drop 10. The current price point is super attractive. And, even though it has been dialed back from its illegal predecessor, kids still love the feel and performance of this bat.
Of course this assumes you are looking for a USSSA big barrel bat. (Keep reading below for the USA Bat version suggestion).
The average sized 10 year old with decent skills should size at a 31/21. Drop down an inch for a slightly smaller or less skilled player and up an inch for a bigger stronger player.
Why Zen Gets Some Bad Online Ratings
If you’ve followed the history of the drop 10 CF Zen from 2017 you’ll find a lot of consumers are not happy. Not so much with the bat’s performance, but with the fact the bat was made illegal. Many expected more from USSSA or DeMarini when their favorite bat was banned.
A lot, too, took to the interwebs to leave pretty low ratings on the bat.
But, in terms of performance, the bat is a rock star—even though it is retooled.
2017 in a 2018?
As we discuss in our CF Zen comparisons articles, there is not enough difference in the 2018/19 version when compared to the 2017 version to make much of an impact.
We do like the newer transition piece (from the D-Fusion to the 3-Fusion). But, while the drop 10 2017 Retooled are still in stock we say go for it.
Isn’t this Zen bat Illegal?
The retooled version of the 2017 CF Zen is LEGAL. The non retooled (so the one without the orange on the end cap) is illegal in USSSA play.
Note, too, the 2018 CF Zen in the drop 10 is also illegal in USSSA play.
Value/Budget Option for the Best 10 Year Old Bat
Best USA Bat for a 10 Year Old?
We really like the S750C for a solid 10u USA Bat. See our full best USA bat selection here.
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Top 6 bats for 10 year Olds
We should note, there are WAY more than just six bats that fit this age class—many of which we would happily recommend. But, in an attempt to be helpful rather than exhaustive, we made the hard decisions. For you quick reference, one of our favorite bats for a 10 year old is the Marucci Hex Composite. We like the bats huge barrel and light swing for this age group. It may be one of the most under appreciated bats in the 2017 lineup.
Best Bats for 10 year Olds
|Games Played||11 to 20||20 to 30||30 to 50||50+|
|Bat||516 or 517||S750C||HEX Alloy 2||2017 Retooled CF Zen|
|Barrel Sizes||2 1/4, 2 5/8, 2 3/4||2 5/8 USA Bat||2 5/8, 2 3/4||2 3/4|
|Drops||5, 10, 13||10||10||10|
|Another Option||Combat Vigor||Axe MB50||Rawlings VELO||Demarini CF Zen|
11 to 20 Games: Slugger 517
There are, without exaggeration, another dozen bats that fit into this category of bats. The 517 is still considered a performance bat with a real focus on peak standard performance, but it comes in a discounted “top shelf” price due to its simple single piece design. We have liked this iteration of bat since its release as the 515 a few years back, and we still like it now in the 517 realm. The bat comes in a 2 1/4, 2 5/8 and a 2 3/4 as well as a JBB version. Worth every penny.
Don’t hesitate on a 516 model that many groups are selling brand new.
If you want something different but still in this price range, check out the Combat VIGOR. Combat went out of business, but dropped all their inventory on justbats.com who is selling them for a steep discount.
21 to 30 Games: USA Bat Option
Last year we would have put the Combat MAXUM toward the top of the best-bats-available-on-the-entire-market list. The barrel is GIGANTIC and the swing weight about as low as it gets. When Combat went out of business they unloaded all their inventory on major vendors. You can still buy this bat for a considerable discount.
31 to 50 Games
Speaking of bats you’ve probably never heard of, the Marucci Hex Connect is a sweet singing two piece composite with a more reasonable price point than the MAKO, Quatro and Zen. Although in the same class as those bats, expect to save a few bucks with this oversized barrel and light swing.
The only bat that really competes in the 10 year old space with the Easton MAKO Beast is DeMarini’s Zen. Both, we would suggest, are for the top shelf player willing to afford a top shelf bat. The Beast comes in every size imaginable and has become the standard to which all other bats are compared. The only serious disadvantage is the bat’s price.
Common Questions From Parents of 10 Year Olds
What Size & How Much To Spend?
Generally speaking, for the average 10 year old we’d recommend a 30 inch big barrel bat with a drop 8, 9 or 10. (The drop is the numerical difference between the bat’s length in inches and its weight in ounces). Of course there are several exceptions to this recommendation (such as if the league only allows smaller 2 1/4 inch barrels or if your player needs a VERY light bat).
The amount of $$$ you spend on a bat needs to correlate with the number of games played. We suggest you spend no more than $10 per game played and no less than $5. A 20 game season means a budget of $200 at most and $100 at least. This is pricing for new bats only.