We have hit with every little kid bat in the market from 2015 to 2018. In short, our current favorite bat for a 7-year-old is the 26 or 27-inch 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Junior Big Barrel. This little guy packs a serious punch, handles very well, and gives top end performance even at tough pitch speeds. If you want to spend less, then check the 2018 Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha in a shorter size.
Don’t miss our reasoning below!
Best Bat For 7 Year Old
|Overall||DeMarini CF Zen||11||$$$|
|Runner Up||Marucci CAT 7||10||$$|
Too Expensive to be the Best?
Over $150 on a bat for a 7 year old is pushing most people’s envelope.
Here’s a formula to decide if you should spend it.
Take the number of games you are playing and multiply it by their age. (In this case, 7). Our general rule is don’t spend any more than that on a baseball bat.
Playing 10 games then multiply 7 by 10 (for $70) and don’t spend more than $70.
$70 is way less than the $160 or so the CF Zen JBB Drop 11 will cost you. So, look elsewhere.
Best Baseball Bat for 7 Year Old
If you are looking for the best overall bat for a 7 year-old, we recommend the drop 11 2017 DeMarini JBB in a 26, 27 or even a 28-inch length. These JBB’s come in a drop 11, meaning the 26 inch bat will weigh just 16 ounces, the 27 will weigh 17 ounces and the 28 will weigh 18 ounces. It will provide plenty of barrel for the 7-year-old at a very balanced and light swing. There is a new version of this bat in the 2018 but we think saving the few bucks for last year’s model is the way to go—assuming you can find it.
- 2017 JBB CF Zen
The “Senior League” version of this bat was banned for play in 2017. This JBB, a drop 11, is NOT that bat and is legal for play in USSSA baseball. You can see our full 2017 CF Zen review here.
2. 2017 JBB Marucci CAT 7
If the DeMarini CF Zen JBB doesn’t intrigue you, we suggest the Junior Big Barrel CAT 7 from Marucci. This single piece aluminum bat will work in all types of weather and is generally more durable than the CF8. The barrel isn’t as large as the CF8, but it has a different feel as a one-piece bat. The player can feel much more contact on this little guy. See our CAT 7 Review here.
What we really like is the 25-inch option, which is not available in the CF Zen.
While supplies last, we suggest you try and find the CAT 6 in a JBB version. If you can find it then we think it worth the price savings as there are not changes between the CAT 7 JBB and the CAT 6 JBB.
Best Fastpitch Bat For 7 Year Old
Although there are very few options in the 7 year old fastpitch space, this Jennie Finch T-ball Softball bat in a drop 13 is a perfect fit. It’s a single piece bat built with a very low swing weight so even the tiniest of 7 year olds could hit this bat well in the 24-inch and 11-ounce model. The 26-inch and 13-ounce model will do well for just about every one else.
Best Tee-Ball Bat: 7 Year Old
The Axe T-Ball HERO bat is easily our favorite t-ball bat on the market. The asymmetric handle helps little folks develop great mechanics from day one. The bat comes in very tiny sizes, and at 7 years old, some may need something a bit bigger. But, the 26-inch and 15-ounce should be a great fit for many 7 year-olds still raking in the t-ball ranks. If you want other tee ball bat options, then check out our best tee ball bat pages.
Best Value Big Barrel Options: 7 Year Old
There are several good value options in the 7-year-old big barrel bat space. Bat companies know this market segment is huge and would love to get little Timmy hooked on their brand at a young age. If we were forced to choose one of the many options under $80, then DeMarini’s 2 3/4 JBB Uprising would take our money. See our Uprising Review here.
It has a great sized barrel, fantastic user reviews, and fits the bill for a short term option as our 7 year old makes progress with mechanics before worrying too much about his bat.
Best USA Bat for 7 Year Old
We cover our best USA Bats in a different article and discuss the best cheap USA Bats here. It is likely you will see some options there you like. As this article is dedicated to the idea of the best 7 year old bats we suggest you take a look at the Louisville Slugger 618 Solo in a drop 11. These come in as short as a 28 inch and as these bats swing weight should be alright for at least a couple 7 year olds.
Otherwise, the USA bat market for a small player is shockingly tiny and tough to come by. See our full 618 Solo USA Bat review here.
Common Questions from Parents of 7 Year Olds
Leagues have different regulations on bats. Before you buy, make sure you know what they are. The good news is that most 7 year old leagues have very little to no regulation. It probably makes sense to ask the coach or the league directors what is allowed before dropping real money on a baseball bat.
Bat pricing in this age category can be as low as $30 and as high as $250. We suggest, generally, a seven year old that is only playing a dozen or so games in a year does NOT need a higher end bat. More expensive bats are generally better, but the increase in player production at this age is marginal with a high end bat.
We often recommend the Rule of 7 when deciding what bat to buy. That is, take the number of games the child is playing and multiply it by 7. Do not spend more than that. So, for example, a 7 year old playing 8 games in a rec league should not pay more than $56. Of course, you can always spend less.
Bat sizing at age 7 should not be difficult. Few are honestly hitting for serious distance. We do have an honest bat sizing chart worth reviewing if you are ultra-concerned about the right size.
There are several bat “sizing charts” that give you a recommended bat length based on height and weight. We don’t think those are helpful, honestly. But they might be a good starting point.