Tegenwoordig eisen bepaalde bonden dat jeugdknuppels een bepaalde certificatie hebben.
De K.N.B.S.B (Nederlandse bond) volgt de USA certificering.
De tegenhanger van USA is de USSSA certificering.
Omdat bepaalde andere landen juist weer USSSA toestaan verkopen wij deze knuppels ook en is het aan de klant om te weten wat er aangeschaft dient te worden.
Onderstaand de logo's van deze certificeringen:
|USA Certificatie||USSSA Certificatie|
- The measurement of the diameter around the bat.
- Generally, the longer the barrel the larger the "sweet spot" for making substantial contact.
- Many players prefer a smaller barrel diameter that lightens the weight and provides more swing speed.
- Barrel size varies by league.
- Also known as a bat's length-to-weight ratio or a bat's minus (-) number, i.e. -3, -5, -10, etc.
- Defined as a negative number denoting the amount of ounces the bat weighs less than the amount of inches its length. Basically stated, it's the difference between the weight of the bat minus the length of the bat.
- Wood bats and Slow Pitch bats are not identified with a drop.
Selecting a Bat by Age or by Length and Weight
Selecting the correct bat weight really depends on two critical factors: your strength and hitting style. It also depends a lot on your personal preference in weight and length, so the following are simply guidelines to follow:
- Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of substantial swing power and ball-carrying distance.
- Smaller players looking more for groundball hitting through the infield should consider a lighter bat to generate a quicker swing.
- Younger players should think about starting out with a lighter bat, where they can practice their stance, batting form, and running out base hits.
When searching for the perfect bat, size matters. This is also an important step for promoting player safety. Youths starting out in the game need to be able to work on their form, technique, and batting stance. To do this, it's important to tailor the bat to fit their specific needs.
Tips for Beginners
- Lightweight alloy bats increase the size of the "sweet spot" on the barrel that allows for solid contact.
- A starting player needs to learn to hit close to the "sweet spot."
- Go for a lighter bat to maintain bat speed, which is top priority in hitting.
- Have a light enough bat to swing with enough bat speed to hit the ball powerfully.
- If they cannot hold the bat for 20 seconds without the arm starting to shake, it's too heavy.
- You'll see right away which ones are too small, too big, or too heavy. If your youth needs to slide his hands up from the knob end of the bat to give him more control, then go to the next inch-size down.
Understanding Bat Materials for Adult Bats
- Industry leading technology provides the best balance and largest sweet spot among all bat categories.
- Seamless balance and a controlled swinging motion.