There are several bat options we love at this age group, but if we had to choose one as the best 9u bat it would be the 2018 Rawlings VELO in a drop 12 for USSSA. This is the same bat we like for an 8 year old, too. But, we’d like to see a 9 year old swinging the 31 or 32 inch version in a 19 or 20 ounce, if they can. Our 9 year old hitters loved the balance, look and smooth feel on hits and mishits.

Best Bat for a 9 Year Old

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How do we know?

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.

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Best Bat for 9 Year Old

Brand Rawlings Rawlings Slugger Axe
Bat VELO Threat Cataslyst Daniel Lawrie
League USSSA USA USSSA Fastpitch
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Barrel Size 2 3/4 2 5/8 2 5/8 2 1/4
Drop Drop 12 Drop 12 Drop 12 Drop 12
Construction Two Piece One Piece One Piece One Piece
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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.

Rawlings VELO Composite

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.Overall: Rawlings VELO COMPOSITE

Best Bat for a 9 Year Old

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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.

Slugger Catalyst

Louisville Slugger Bats

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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 Catalyst 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.

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.

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