WHAT’S THE RIGHT CRICKET BAT FOR MY CHILD?
It can be hard to choose the right cricket bat for a junior player. What kind of bat should you choose? What size? How much should you spend?
When selecting a cricket bat, it’s crucial that you pick one that is the correct size for the player. If it’s too small or too big, batting will be uncomfortable, and performance will be compromised.
Bat size is based on the height of the player. Take a look at our handy Size Guide to see which bat size you should choose.
We recommend you buy your child’s bat from a specialist cricket retailer. They should be able to offer the best advice and help to choose a bat that’s right. Also, they can often offer other services such as knocking-in (preparing the bat’s surface for play) and adding a protective sleeve to the bat.
We’ve created this buying guide to take the pain out of finding the right junior bat by helping you work out what bat is the best fit.
What size bat FOR MY CRICKET FANATIC?
Bat sizes will give a general indication as to where you should be looking when choosing a bat. Kids around 12 years of age will generally use a Harrow, which is the largest junior-size cricket bat. However, if you can’t find a Harrow size look at a size six, which is a fraction smaller and would still be suitable for many 12 year old’s. Sizes then go down from five to three, recommended for young children around eight years of age.
A player’s height determines what size of the bat will best fit them. A good rule of thumb is to take your batting stance, with the toe of the bat resting against the outside of your back foot. If the bat’s the right size for you, the top of its handle should rest against the inside groin of your front leg.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking a kid will “grow into” a larger bat size; it could be too long or heavy for them and frustrate their playing or cause them to learn bad batting habits. For example, it’s hard to take a proper stance and play accurate strokes with a bat that’s too long. And it’s very hard to make pull and cut strokes with a bat that’s too heavy, so the youngster won’t be able to effectively learn these strokes. A bat that’s too big can result in mistimed shots or – even worse – getting out. Choose a bat that’s right for them right now.
A bat that’s too heavy or unbalanced to be easily wielded won’t do. It won’t allow strokes to be played quickly and the player will get tired too soon. A common mistake is to buy kids (or let them choose) a bat that’s too heavy for them, just because it looks powerful. Get your child to hold the bat at arm’s length with their top hand (i.e. the left hand if they’re right-handed, or vice versa). If they can’t hold it comfortably, then the bat’s too heavy for them. Most importantly, it should feel nice and light in the pick-up, i.e. when raising it back to play a shot. The balance, pick-up and overall “feel” is more important than the weight.