Unbalanced is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.
How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.
How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.
To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.Show less
Baseball has become one of the popular sports that is mainly played in the United States of America. In fact, it is also the national sport of the nation. Compared to several other sports, such as golf and ice hockey, you do not require much accessories to play a game of baseball. Just a baseball bat, ball, and gloves. Talking about baseball bats, there are several types of such bats in the market. These are available in different lengths and are also made from different materials. However, there are certain rules and regulations as far as baseball bat materials are concerned when it comes to major leagues. When it comes to choose a bat for yourself, you need to be extra careful that you choose one of the right length.
How to Measure a Baseball Bat
When it comes to measuring a baseball bat, there are various methods used by different people. The simplest and best method is to choose a bat with which you feel the most comfortable while swinging. All you need to remember is never to increase the length of the bat more than an inch at a time. This will make it very simple for you to adjust to a new bat without having to change your swing technique.
The best method of measuring a baseball bat is to measure the length of it from the center of your chest right up to the tip of your index finger. Make sure that your arm is straight out by your side. Once you think you have chosen the right sized bat, you may confirm it by placing the bat by your side and trying to place your palm on the handle. If your palm is able to touch the handle without any difficulty, you have indeed chosen a baseball bat of the right length. Another method of confirming the right length is by placing the bat with the knob at the center of your chest. The bat should be facing away from you. Try and grab the barrel of the bat. If you can do so, then the bat is of the right size for you.
Different Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Bat Size
There have been some recent rule changes pertaining to the baseball bat sizes. This is just to make the game more competitive and safer for all. This is the only reason behind the new safety standards that have been issued to the use of new bats.
- USA Baseball Bats: From the 1st of January 2018, many youth baseball organizations have started adopting a new USA Baseball Bat Standard. The sole purpose of this change in the rule is to ensure long-term integrity of the game and to make it more uniform. According to this new rule, the bat sizes may range from 2.25 inches to 2.625 inches in terms of barrel size. At the same time, the weight drops may vary from -13.5 to -5.
- Big Barrel Baseball Bats for Pony Leagues: The USSSA did not follow the new rule change about the USA Baseball Bat. In fact, there are no rule changes for USSSA bats and they still continue to use the baseball bats they have been using all these years. These bats need to have a -3 weight drop and the size can range from 31 inches to 34 inches.
Different Materials Used to Make Baseball Bats
When it comes to the materials used in the making of a baseball bat, there are basically three types. These include alloy, composite, and hybrid bats. Composite bats are the costliest and also require some hits in order to get ready to make big shots.