Bat Resource Guide
What types of Youth Big Barrel baseball bats are there?
One-piece baseball bats use the same material throughout the entire design. The advantage of the one-piece design is that you get a stronger, stiffer bat that is generally favored by power hitters looking for as little flex as possible. In two-piece baseball bats you'll find that the handle is a separate piece from the barrel and that the two are bonded together. The advantage to a two-piece bat is that its design allows the barrel to flex at the point of contact creating a trampoline effect off the barrel. Two-piece bats generally have less vibration in the handle due to the separation of the handle and barrel.Alloy vs. Composite vs. Hybrid
Alloy bats are generally constructed with a one-piece design out of aluminum or aluminum that is mixed with other metals to make a stronger product. The advantage to this strength is that it allows alloy bats can have thinner, more responsive barrel walls. Composite bats, on the other hand, are made out of a mixture of carbon fiber, graphite, fiberglass, and sometimes Kevlar. Many leagues are beginning to ban composite-barreled bats because, as they are used, the carbon fiber weave begins to become more responsive and much "hotter" than the current standards allow. Check your league rules before buying a composite-barreled bat. Hybrid bats feature a two-piece design in which an alloy barrel is bonded to a composite handle. This makes the handle lighter and allows the alloy barrel to be made longer than on a traditional alloy bat.
2 5/8" vs. 2 3/4"
2 3/4 inch barrels are slightly larger than 2 5/8 inch barrels. 2 3/4 inch barrels give players a larger hitting surface, however this barrel size is not allowed in some leagues. Check your league rules before purchasing a bat with a 2 3/4 inch barrel.