Every young athlete wants to get ahead. Fastpitch softball is no different. The best way to get ahead is by finding the best fastpitch softball bat for 10-year-old girls.
The market is so competitive, knowing which bats carry which advantages can be a daunting task. However, this buying guide will ease the burden of choice and give advice on how to determine which fastpitch bat is right for your kids.
Key Buying Advice
There are four main things to consider when shopping for a fastpitch bat: The length or weight ratio (known as the “drop”), the material, the handle, and the price.
As I said before, the drop is the difference between the length of a bat (in inches) and the weight (in ounces). Typically, a 10-year-old would use a bat that’s between 28 and 30 inches long which means the weight would be between 16 and 20 ounces.
Lightweight bats are popular because they allow hitters to swing extra fast. Heavier bats are harder to swing quickly, but they do provide more momentum because of the amount of weight in the barrel.
In most cases, the preferred drop is going to be as large as possible with some companies offering drops as large as -13.
Simply calling fastpitch bats “aluminum bats” doesn’t apply the way that it used to – bats are still made of metal, but they’re not all made of the same types. High-end bats are now made of composite material to allow for a longer lasting sweet spot than those made of aluminum.
The composite materials don’t just make the bat last longer; they reduce sting, and they increase the bounce effect when a player hits the ball. The bounce is similar to a slight trampoline effect.
Many of these high-quality bats are also made of multiple pieces of metal. The barrel is separate from the handle which increases the flex in the bat. In short, a ball goes farther when the bat flexes more.
Handles are one of the main parts of the bat that limit the sting a batter feels in their hands. Different quality bats offer different sting-resistance. Some offer leather grips, some offer sting-reduction knobs at the end of the bat, and the bats that are made of multiple pieces of metal allow the sting to dissipate.
Additionally, a hitter needs their hands to be comfortable. Certain grip patterns may be uncomfortable for certain people.
Like most products, there is a huge range in cost of fastpitch softball bats. These products range from about $50 to as high as $400 or more, so your budget will help determine which bat to go with.
While cost is not the only factor, it is certainly worth considering. Simply put, less expensive bats are made from the less expensive material. On the other hand, with 10-year-olds, you might prefer to buy a less expensive bat because the kids will grow and need a new one in the next couple of years.
The DeMarini Vendetta
Our Rating: 5 stars
DeMarini has become one of the leaders in baseball bat production over the past decade, particularly in fastpitch. The 2015 version of the Vendetta is the top-rated fastpitch bat on Amazon and DeMarini has unveiled an updated version for spring of 2017.
About the bat:
- Drop of 12 – either 29/17 or 30/18 for 10-year-olds
- Certified by each of the major fastpitch associations in the United States
- Vibration-eliminating handle
- Composite metal barrel provides more responsive hitting area
People who own the Vendetta rave about the consistent pop in the bat and swear by the results. Almost every review mentions how great the pop is off of this bat. It simply lets your player hit the ball harder.
The Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper
Our Rating: 4.9 stars
Louisville Slugger is synonymous with making bats. They’ve been one of the most trusted names in sports for more than half a century. With fastpitch, their best high-end bat is the LXT.
About the bat:
- Customizable drop – anything from -8 to -11
- Flexible barrel allows for maximum bounce off of the bat
- Complies with all rules and regulations – 2 ¼ inch barrel and 7/8 inch diameter handle
- Sting-reducing technology in both the handle and the barrel
- Performance Plus composite metal offers longer bat life
The high price tag is mostly justified as it’s made from the top of the line materials. The results speak for themselves as user reviews are almost uniformly great.
Best Budget Bat: Rawlings Storm
Our Rating: 4.9 stars
Rawlings is best known for making baseball and softball gloves, but they’ve also been making bats for decades. The Storm is targeted at the budget fastpitch bat market, and they are right on the money.
About the bat:
- Ultra-light aluminum alloy bat allows for outrageous -13 drop
- Extended barrel means larger hitting area for batters
- Certified by major national fastpitch rules associations
Much like the Louisville Slugger, the price tag on this bat is eye-catching except this is on the other end of the spectrum. The aluminum alloy barrel doesn’t provide the same power as the composite bats, and the single-piece construction doesn’t provide the same flexibility or trampoline effect as the other two bats listed here. However, it’s the least expensive, and it’s one of the best inexpensive bats on the market.
Make your pick
Think about what is important for your athlete. If you want her to excel, you need the right fastpitch bat for your 10-year-old. If you can afford it, go for a composite bat with a drop of -10 or more, then head out for some batting practice.