The question is, can kids use a wood bat in youth leagues, where metal bats are the norm? Well, of course they can. A wood bat can be used in any kind of league or tournament play.
Some coaches will tell you that there is a disadvantage to swinging a wood bat in a game where most other kids are swinging metal bats. Is that the reason why some coaches frown on kids swinging wood bats, or is it because they don’t know the rules?
The answer could be both, but all you really need to know is that ALL wood bats are legal to use in baseball games, no matter the level.
We’ve heard parents say that their kid “has to swing a -10 this year”. What this means is, their METAL bat can’t be any lighter than a -10 weight drop. This DOESN’T mean that they cannot use a wood bat in their games. It also doesn’t mean that if they use a wood bat, that it has to be -10. They can swing a -5 metal bat if they want to, or a -7 wood bat. Just remember that the lighter the wood bat, the weaker the wood. It’s actually advantageous for some kids to swing a wood bat as opposed to a metal bat. Why? Because some of the metal bats are sooooo light, that the bat actually stops when making contact with the ball. Because a wood bat has a solid barrel and more mass, contact with the ball does not impede the swing of a wood bat as much as it does with a metal bat.
Sometimes the rules completely omit the mention of wood bats in their list, but it’s necessary for everyone in baseball leagues across the country to know and understand that a wood bat is legal to use in all levels of baseball. Weight doesn’t even factor into the equation. If it’s wood, it’s good.