The most important
thing with a bat is to get the right size and weight. Do
not buy a bat in the mistaken belief that your child will “grow
into it” – this does not work for cricket bats. Using a bat that
is too big can have a seriously negative impact on development. It makes coaching technique and hitting the
ball very difficult.
As a general rule
bats should be lightweight. The player must be able to pick it up
comfortably and play a few shadow
shots with the top hand only. Size 3 & 4 bats should ideally weigh in the 1lb 12oz -
2lbs range. Size 5 & 6 bats should weigh in the range between 1lb
14oz to 2lb 2oz. Size Harrow (H) bats should weigh between 2lb 2oz –
2lb 6oz. For the taller/bigger players in U15-U17 using a full size bat,
look for one that is no heavier
than 2lb 8oz or possibly 2lb 9oz.
Please note that brands such as GM
have an additional size that
fits between a Harrow and full size bat, called Academy and Small Adult. The Academy and Small Adult size bats feel significantly lighter than a full size and are a
great option when playing with a
full size bat may just be too heavy and difficult to play with.
VKS in Ealing have a
large selection of junior bats and can advise on the best size and
weight to opt for. Please remember the pick up and balance is as important as the scale weight. Often one bat that is heavier on the
scales than another bat, can actually feel lighter thanks to the way
its been made. This is an
advantage as weight is what gives the bat power.
Bats vary in
quality. The different grade of willow will be reflected in the
price. If you buy a bat for under £50 the
chances are that it will not be made of English willow, but of
Kashmir Willow, which is
fine for softball, but for hardball cricket you should buy an English