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Tball Bat Size Charts That Improve Your Child's Swing

WriterAubrey McShan
15 min read
Young ball player in a red hat uses a bright green Tee Ball bat to practice his swing

Sending your kid into the diamond with the wrong size Tee Ball bat can have long-term consequences. Tee Ball is all about learning the fundamental skills players take with them into the older leagues. Swinging with a properly fitting bat supports fostering positive skills as your child ages up.

All bats used in a Tee Ball game must comply with USA Baseball’s standards. This step-by-step guide shows you how to spare your child a slow, wonky swing in the long term due to an ill-suited or non-compliant bat:

What Is Tee Ball?

Tee Ball is a co-ed division of Little League baseball that introduces the fundamental skills of baseball and softball to players between 4-7 years old. Games aren’t usually scored. Rather, all players are encouraged to participate. Every player bats and takes the field.

What Tee Ball Bat Size Does Your Child Need?

Tee Ball divisions provide a pool of bats for kids to use. But using the wrong size bat can hinder your child’s batting habits and skills. Always consider buying one that fits your child for the best performance possible.

Step 1: Use a Tee Ball Bat Size Chart

Our experts put together two Tee Ball bat size charts that exclusively focus on your young slugger. The information you’ll find out there often includes outdated measurements that no longer comply with the Little League and USA Baseball bat standards.

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Boys’ T Ball Bat Size Chart
Age Avg. Player Height Avg. Player Weight Tee Ball Bat Length Tee Ball Bat Drop Tee Ball Bat Weight
4 40.3 in. 36 lbs. 24 in. -11 to -13 11-13 oz.
5 43 in. 40.5 lbs. 25 in. -11 to -12 13-14 oz.
6 45.5 in. 45.5 lbs. 25 in. -10 to -11 14-15 oz.
7 48 in. 50.5 lbs. 26 in. -10 to -11 15-16 oz.
This chart only shows averages or estimations of measurements, ages, & weights. Measure your child’s head for the most accurate bat size & weight.

In general, older or stronger players often prefer a lower bat drop (which you calculate subtracting the bat's length from the weight). They’ll benefit from improved power with the heavier weight of the bat. Younger players play more comfortably with a higher bat drop. The lower overall bat weight gives them better speed.

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Girls’ T Ball Bat Size Chart
Age Avg. Player Height Avg. Player Weight Tee Ball Bat Length Tee Ball Bat Drop Tee Ball Bat Weight
4 39.5 in. 34 lbs. 24 in. -11 to -13 11-13 oz.
5 42.5 in. 39.5 lbs. 25 in. -11 to -12 13-14 oz.
6 45.5 in. 44 lbs. 25 in. -10 to -11 14-15 oz.
7 47.7 in. 49.5 lbs. 26 in. -10 to -11 15-16 oz.
This chart only shows averages or estimations of measurements, ages, & weights. Measure your child’s head for the most accurate bat size & weight.

Take these Tee Ball bat size charts to go! Download our free printable for when you visit us in-store. With your child’s measurements and the above charts in mind, you can ensure the Tee Ball bat you intend to buy is approved by USA Baseball.

Step 2: Understand the Parts of a Tee Ball Bat

The following graphic can help you navigate the information as well as measure and choose a bat with confidence and ease.

Parts of a Tee Ball bat

Step 3: Measure the Bat to Your Child’s Arm Size

At Academy, we know just how fun Tee Ball is for the whole family! As the season ramps up, your child gets ever more excited to take their first step out onto the field.

While there are several ways to test if a bat fits, we opted for the quickest, easiest, and most reliable way to measure your kids — no matter if you’re in a packed store aisle or at home.

Child holds out his arms to measure for his Tee Ball bat size
  • 1: Hold their arm out to one side — Whether sitting or standing, ask your child to hold one arm out to their side so that it is parallel to the ground.

  • 2: Place the bat’s knob at their sternum — Lift the bat so that the handle end is near your child’s chest. Position it so that the knob sits in line with the center of their chest (their sternum)

  • 3: Place the bat against their outstretched arm — Position the bat parallel with your child’s arm until it touches their hand.

  • 4: Fold fingers to see if they can touch the cap’s center — Whether a bat is a good match for your child depends on if they can or cannot touch the tee ball bat’s cap in the center.

Step 4: Find the Proper Tee Ball Bat Weight for Your Child

Since Tee Ball is all about developing the most crucial skills and habits early on, weight is another important thing to consider when you buy a bat. Younger or newer players should focus on increased speed, while older or stronger plays can focus more on improved power.

To calculate bat drop, follow this formula: Bat Length - Bat Weight = Bat Drop.

How to calculate bat drop (subtract bat weight from its length to get the final drop weight number)

Whether you’re in the store buying a new Tee Ball bat or at practice with your child’s existing one, you can help your child test the bat to see if it’s the right weight or too heavy:

  • 1: Have your child extend one arm out.

  • 2: Hand your child the bat.

  • 3: See if they can hold it for at least 30 seconds without dropping their arm.

  • 4: If they can hold it, the weight is a good match!

Expert Tip:

Lighter bat weights with a higher drop are better for younger players. Heavier bat weights with a lower drop are suited to older players.

How To Choose the Perfect Tee Ball Bat

Rawlings red, blue, and black Tee Ball Bat with the USA Baseball mark on it

What To Look For In a Tee Ball Bat

  • Tee Ball bats can be no longer than 26 inches.

  • Compliant bats will have the USA Baseball mark somewhere on the bat.

  • Approved bats will have “ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS” on the bat.

Most Common Tee Ball Bat Materials

Composite Tee Ball Bats

  • Durable plastic material that has better weight distribution than aluminum
  • Usually has higher drop weights at -13 and -14
  • Composite bats have a lighter swing and can have better speed

Aluminum Tee Ball Bats

  • Very common Tee Ball bat material that’s usually less expensive than composite
  • Usually has a lower drop weight at -10 and -11
  • Aluminum bats can have better power
Boy in a red jersey and black batting helmet runs to first base after hitting the ball with his Tee Ball bat

Next Steps

Now you know all about how to choose the best Tee Ball bat size! Gear up for your child’s game day with Academy’s wide selection of T-Ball equipment. While your kid shapes up his swing on the field, don’t forget to grab a few stand essentials like foldable wagons to carry all the gear and stadium seats or folding chairs for a more comfortable experience. Have fun out there!