Home Run Derbee focuses on working with elementary aged children, to help build a solid foundation for baseball and softball skills. One of our primary goals is to teach them proper techniques, so they have strong muscle memory to create ease, fluidity, strength and skill as they grow and develop in the sport.
Because we work specifically with elementary aged children we take special care to ensure the equipment we select is appropriate for these young athletes. We often get asked if there is any special equipment needed to participate in one of our programs and the answer is NO. Parents do not need to buy any special equipment to enroll their child in a Home Run Derbee program.
Despite this, we find that many athletes want equipment of their own, to practice and play ball between seasons. To help our families select age appropriate equipment, we have put together a list of some of our favorite things for these young athletes.
1) Selecting an appropriate bat.
Selecting an appropriately sized baseball bat is extremely important when teaching skills for proper batting. Things to consider are the length and weight of the bat you are shopping for. We work with some tiny athletes and finding a bat that doesn't swing THEM was really important to us! Bat sizes for youth players range in length from 24" to 32", and weights of 14 oz to 22 oz. When selecting a bat you want to think about your players height and strength. Small/tiny players are best served to start with a smaller bat, which will allow them better control while learning to swing. **Most of our players use a 24" to 28" bat.
You can use the chart below to help decide which size bat is the best for your young athlete.
We hope this helps you when looking at youth baseball equipment for your young player!