He stands at the plate
with his heart pounding fast.
The bases are loaded,
the die has been cast.
Mom and Dad cannot help him,
he stands all alone.
A hit at this moment
would send his team home.
The ball meets the plate,
he swings and he misses.
There's a groan from the crowd,
with some boos and some hisses.
A thoughtless voice cries,
"Strike out the bum."
Tears fill his eyes,
the game's no longer fun.
So open up your heart
and give him a break,
for it's moments like this,
a man you can make.
Please keep this in mind
when you hear someone forget,
He is just a little boy,
and not a man yet.
The first thing you need to know BEFORE buying a bat is that some bats have ben banned by Little League International and are not allowed on the field at Little League games: http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2011/Sep-Dec/LLAnnouncesBatRuleChangesfor2012Season.htm
All questions surrounding which bats are approved for Pelham Little League Baseball can be directed to our Umpire In Chief, Dave Masiello at
So if you are thinking about buying a bat for your child for the upcoming baseball season, it's a good idea to keep the following points in mind:
2) How long will my child use the same bat for?
You'll easily get one season, you might get two, but it's very difficult to get three seasons out of a bat. Kids grow so quickly at this age, don't they? But the bat could be used for 10+ years so by all means once your child outgrows the bat, sell it on eBay, the message board, or donate it to Pelham Baseball if you have the means to do so.
3) Length of bat?
Bats in Little League run from 26"-32". So a general rule of thumb is to get a bat with a length of ONE to TWO DIGITS LESS than the age of your child. An 8 year old could most likely handle a 26-27 inch bat, 9 year old = 27-28", 10 year old = 28-29", 11 year old 29-30", and so forth. But this is only a guide based on the average size of kids this age. If your son or daughter is bigger or smaller than the average kid at their age level, consider a heavier or lighter bat accordingly. ** No matter what your child tells you, most kids at the majors level cannot handle a 32" bat! **
Most common and cost effective is aluminum. Until they get to the majors level an aluminum bat is ideal. Once the kids start moving up and getting more competitive and are challenged by adavnced pitching, a more expensive bat can certainly be helpful (based on ones budget of course.)
Advanced bats include space aged materials like titanium and graphite which help spread the weight out within a bat and enlarge the sweet spot.
Believe it or not, the color, look and feel matters to the kids. If the bat feels good, there's a better chance the player will be more confidant at the plate. Baseball players are a superstitious bunch!
Little League International has posted a "Frequently-Asked Questions" article regarding the recent moratorium on composite baseball bats, as well as a list of licensed baseball bats with a 2 1/4 inch maximum diameter that are currently approved for use in the baseball divisions of Little League (Little League [Majors] Division and below).