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    Im a 13 year old and looking for a new bat. Im 5 foot 4 and 138 lbs. Im thinking about a stealth, cf3, or exo. Any suggestions?
    Thanks

  • #2
    I am also 13, in Babe Ruth. I have a -9 stealth that meats regulation for my league. I dont know about yours though. I just got it and I really like it so far. But you have to demo bats and barrow some other peoples bats and see what you like. I would also recommend Stealths or Demarini. I also like the Vexxum.

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    • #3
      A thirteen year old is two years from high school ball. He should not be using a -9. He should be swinging a -3. A small and weak thirteen year old should use -5 until he gets stronger.

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      • #4
        Senior League bat

        Combat’s Virus SL 2 5/8” big barreled Virus Senior League bat is a hot bat. Pretty sure you can order a Virus SL in either a –8 or –10 drop. Also check out Anderson Bat Company's PyroTech XR (-8) Senior League Baseball Bat. They also make a -5 drop in the senior league category

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        • #5
          -3 drop for 13 year old ???

          Sorry I can't agree with your post. I will have my son swing a -8 next year when he is 13 year old and a -5 when he is 14 years old. There is no need to push a -3 on a kid 2 years before rules require. My son is presently 12 years old, 5'4" 135 lbs. He just turned 12 in December 07. Pretty big kid for his age. He is of average strength and will swing a -10 COMBAT B1 this year. Young men and their bodies mature very quickly as they move from 12 to 15 years old. Plenty of time to transition to JV baseball and a drop 3 bat.

          Respectfully,
          Larry

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          • #6
            Yea, I agree that kids should transition slowly from little league to a -3 bat...I know from experience. In NC when I played middle school we were required to swing -3 while the year before in little league I swung a -10. I went from hitting almost .600 to .150 and yes a little of it was because of the competition but it didn't help that I couldn't swing the bat. I believe a -5 is the best choice for a 13 year old, and to actually answer the question...I personally prefer the stealth I don't like the way exos feel, but the F3 is probably also a good bat because I know the vexxum feels really nice

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            • #7
              I absolutly agree with ST LEO BASBALL.

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              • #8
                My son in middle school had to use a -3. that was at age 13 & 14. That is what the rules in middle school mandate.

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                • #9
                  Moving the mound back to sixty feet is the only transition a 13U hitter needs. He has a lot more time to pull the trigger. The biggest problem is kids swing paper light bats in LL and 12U and under travel. These light and big barrel (travel) bats are a recipe for failure down the road. The kids aren't learning how to hit properly with a proper bat.

                  My son started swinging a -2 wood bat when he was about 4'8" in LL batting practice. When he got to 13U he was only 5'2", 105. He had no trouble swinging a 32/29. I saw other small kids who always used light bats struggle in 13U and continue to struggle in 14U.

                  The light bats, designed to help hitters, harm them in the long run. The only hitters helped by them are weak hitters in kiddie ball. There's also a weight and mass aspect to driving a baseball. The light bats make it harder to drive the ball.
                  Last edited by TG Coach; 02-18-2008, 10:42 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TG Coach View Post
                    Moving the mound back to sixty feet is the only transition a 13U hitter needs. He has a lot more time to pull the trigger. The biggest problem is kids swing paper light bats in LL and 12U and under travel. These light and big barrel (travel) bats are a recipe for failure down the road. The kids aren't learning how to hit properly with a proper bat.

                    My son started swinging a -2 wood bat when he was about 4'8" in LL batting practice. When he got to 13U he was only 5'2", 105. He had no trouble swinging a 32/29. I saw other small kids who always used light bats struggle in 13U and continue to struggle in 14U.

                    The light bats, designed to help hitters, harm them in the long run. The only hitters helped by them are weak hitters in kiddie ball. There's also a weight and mass aspect to driving a baseball. The light bats make it harder to drive the ball.
                    TG Coach,
                    With all do respect... I agree with your synopsis that as a LL player gets closer to high school they need to get used to swinging a heavier bat. However, I think there should be a more gradual approach. As far as the weight and mass aspect of driving a baseball this needs to be balanced against bat speed. Light bats can drive the ball… That is why aluminum and corked bats are illegal in the Majors. If interested please read Dr. Russell’s article on the subject.
                    http://www.kettering.edu/~drussell/bats-new/batw8.html

                    Coops
                    Coop

                    Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball. ~Woodie Held

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by skipper5
                      (By the way, if I ran the world, all kids from 10 and up would hit with wood.)
                      I agree, just put a composit handle on it so it doesnt break

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                      • #12
                        Swinging a -3 two years before highschool is a little ridiculous if you ask me. If every kid in travelling baseball 13U was using a -3 you would see the worst swings ever. I swung a -7 from age 10 till 13 in USSSA travel ball 13U. By the time kids go into high school they have atleast hit puberty and are strong enough to swing a -3 correctly without screwing up their mechanics. Before high school baseball last year I tried to swing a -3 and it wasn't going to happen.

                        If your kid is 5'5 and 150 pounds at age 12 and can swing a -3 great, but saying all kids should would take away almost all the hits at that age.
                        Freshman at Vista del Lago High School, California, Division 2

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                        • #13
                          two pieces suck

                          im 14 and i have had a variety of bats in my time. i would recommend an exo if you're gonna go two piece. but two pieces suck. get a dynasty.

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                          • #14
                            How about the Louisville Slugger Catalyst. Just as good as the exo.
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                            • #15
                              Bats for a 13yr old

                              Most kids in this age group should be working on swinging a -5 bat to start getting used to swinging a heavier bat. Only the smallest undersized kids need to swing a -9 bat. While I stress bat speed and lighter bats to all my team's players, Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken leagues are a transition league to HS and players need to start working on swinging heavier bats to get used to them. Most 13 yr olds aren't swinging a -3 in games nor should they but not enough are swinging -5 in my opinion.

                              Coach John

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