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Swinging a bat that is the right length, material and weight is crucial to improving your batting average. Enhance your performance at the plate with a wide selection of baseball bats, softball bats and training bats from DICK'S Sporting Goods. These bats are crafted from wood, aluminum and composite materials by top brands, including DeMarini, Easton, Rawlings and Louisville Slugger.
From t-ball players to adult sluggers, baseball bats for all types of hitters are available, including bats that are officially approved for use in Little League, as wells as adult BBCOR bats that are required for high school and collegiate play. DICK'S has bats for Slow Pitch and Fastpitch softball, as well as heavy training bats designed to improve speed and hitting strength.
Baseball bats and softball bats from DICK'S meet specialized hitting needs by offering extra-long barrels, expanded hitting zones and other great features. Some aluminum and composite bats offer a spring-like hitting surface for maximum trampoline effect, enabling you to hit the ball farther and faster. Specialized bat handles and tapers dampen the vibration of impact and reduce the sting you feel when you hit the ball. End-loaded barrels produce more power and force behind every swing, while balanced barrels provide players with control and accuracy.
Young players need several different youth bats as they grow, as bats that are too heavy are difficult to swing, and bats that are too light do not take advantage of a hitter's power. Big Barrel bats are used by players in Senior League making the transition from youth to BBCOR. Use DICK's bat size chart to find the right bat for your age, height and weight.
Take advantage of DICK's selection of training bats, designed to build up your strength, speed and power. These bats are to be used strictly in practice settings. Fungo bats are also available for coaches to use in the infield or outfield to help players work on defensive skills.
Tips & Expert Advice
The type of material used in constructing softball and baseball bats affect the feel and performance of the hitter significantly. Most modern bats are composed of either aluminum alloy or composite fibers. Hybrid bats also exist, combining a handle made of one material with a barrel composed of another. Non-wood bats are recommended for advanced players at the youth, high school and collegiate levels, but are not allowed in most professional leagues.
While baseball bats composed of composite have larger sweet spots and feel more like wooden bats than alloy bats, they also tend to be more expensive and may not perform well in colder weather. For that reason, alloy bats are preferable for novice, youth or recreational players.
Composite baseball bats also require a break-in period to reach their optimum performance. It can take a hundred or more contacts with a leather baseball to fully condition a composite bat for play. Be sure to rotate the bat during the break-in period to ensure an even break-in over the entire surface of the bat.
Wood bats, which are used by Major League players, may be constructed of ash, maple, walnut, bamboo or composite wood. Bamboo, maple, composite wood and walnut bats offer harder and more durable hitting surfaces for longer-lasting performance, while ash wood is lighter and porous to produce maximum flex, whip and speed.