Playing sports is as much a part of growing up as going to school for most kids these days. Often children are involved in a number of sports and need specific gear for each one. We all want our children to have the best of everything, but with the realities of the modern economy and the speed at which technology changes this can become an expensive proposition very quickly.
One sport that this is especially true of is youth baseball, in particular are the modern baseball bats. For your son or daughter to hit at an optimal level they need to have a bat that fits their height, swing style, and level of play they are involved in. This can mean buying a new bat at least once a year if not more depending on usage and growth spurts that 9-14 year olds are prone to.
Rather than shelling out full price for every new bat consider looking at used or blemished bats. They are often 30-70% less than a comparable new bat. Popular brands for youth bats include Easton, Rawlings, Wilson and Louisville Slugger. Each one has a slightly different design and performance profile so be sure to find the model that best fits your child.
A relative new comer to the United States is the Mizuno brand that is the top seller in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular here in the United States with both youth and adult players. A good place to check out bats is your local used sporting goods store. They build their reputation on marketing products that although used are still in good working order.
Given how little most youth use a particular bat, you can often get a used model that shows little or no wear at a deep discount. If you still don’t feel comfortable with allowing your child to play with used equipment another cost saving option is to go with a factory blemished model.
With the modern manufacturing processes the blemishes are almost always cosmetic such as blurred ink imprinting or the wrong color of rubber grip. These bats are safe and brand new, but still save you money.
Many sporting goods stores carry a selection of blemished bats; you can also find a good selection of bats on the internet. In any case, you can feel good that you are providing good equipment for your child so they can perform at their best.