For youth bats, we currently carry three major species.
Maple, Birch and Ash
Maple is a very dense wood which tends to make it one of the most perferred woods used. The denser the wood, the more durable the bat. This durability leads to more pop. Maple is a diffuse-pore wood meaning it has close grain. This ensures the wood will hold together under high intensity impact. Maple doesn't flake or splinter and over time the grain compacts which makes the bat harder in the area of impact.
Birch is a softer wood and leads to more flexibility. Flexibility allows for more bat speed.The wood softness makes it more forgiving than maple. Birch is a curly grain wood which allows it to be more durable when making continued contact in the same area of the bat. Birch wood will not flake like an ash bat.
Ash wood was the pioneer for baseball bats. Ash wood, like Birch is more flexible than Maple. This allows hitters to whip the bat through the strike zone creating more bat speed. Because of the flexibility of the Ash, the bat is more forgiving when a player hits close to the handle or off the end of the bat.
A player needs to test, swing, and figure out what wood works best for their particular style.
We currently offer multiple sizes depending on the model.
Youth models - 27"- 30"
Little League - 24"- 31"
We have two bat series to choose from.
Youth Bats - Our youth bats are made with the highest quality wood billets. Youth bats are great for leagues where the bats are not required to meet barrel thickness requirements. This allows us to offer more models.
Current models include 271, 110, 141, 73.
Little league - All of our little league bats are cut to specific regulated dimensions that will meet all official little league standards. Currently we offer two different models, the L10, and L271.
Cupping vs non cupping
Cupping the end of bats didn't become popular until the late 80's early 90's. Cupping the end of the bat allows for a more balanced weight throughout the bat and allows us to use a higher density billet. Some believe that cupping the end of the bats will make the bat weaker. This is not true because again, it allows us to use a higher density wood which in turn makes for a harder bat. Cupping is a player preference and option at checkout.
We offer free engraving on all bats up to 20 characters. Each bat will come with three standard lines. Line 1 contains the model number, line 2 is your customized engraving and line 3 is the wood species, size and weight. If you opt out of personalized engraving "Sparta Wood Bat Co." will be used on line 2.