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Best Little League Baseball Bat

Although the differences between a softball bat and a baseball bat are not monumental, these do exist.

Take the size of the barrel. Softball bats have a maximum barrel diameter of 2 ¼", making it a bit difficult to make solid contact with the ball. On the other hand, baseball bats have a maximum diameter of 2 ¾" and have a longer range. .

Another characteristic is the shape of the softball bat from that of the baseball bat. Fast pitch softball bats have a shape of a bottle. The softball bat quickly tapers from the barrel area. This allows the barrel of the softball bat to be lengthened. The advantage it gives the softball bat is that it gives it more hitting area. Also, fast-pitch bats have a greater drop weight, which makes them lighter.

Another difference is softball bats have two markings that baseball bats do not have. One of these markings on the softball bat is the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) logo (which all softball bats must have), and a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) rating of 1.20. The Bat Performance Factor (BPF) is a method which determines one bat’s performance over another. All softball bats are required to have a BPF of 1.20.

However, there is one quality that softball bats and baseball bats share is that they are now composed of more durable composite materials. These materials are made up of carbon, glass and Kevlar® fibers embedded in a polymer matrix make:

  1. Softball bats lighter.
  2. Softball bats stiffer.
  3. Softball bats stronger.

This is because the newer composite softball bat materials are less prone to breakage, a safety and cost improvement. Then because innovative composite softball bat materials make the game safer; they can be customized for an individual or for league needs, making the game more enjoyable.

Softball bats anyone?

Ken Austin
Baseball Gear and Equipment
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