As a 13-year old, the bases will move from 70 to 80 feet, an increase of approximately 14%. The following year, the bases will move to 90-feet, an additional 12% increase.
Field and Equipment info:
Regulations may vary by organization, but these are typical guidelines for 13U: Pitching Mound Distance (feet): 54 or 60'6" Distance between bases (feet): 80 or 90. Typical permitted bats: USSSA or USA or BBCOR.
The distance in all divisions of baseball for 13-year-olds, is up to 90 feet, with a local league option to shorten the distance to 75 feet for Junior League Baseball and 70 feet for Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division for regular season play.
Effective January 1, 2020, USSSA, a governing body for youth baseball, will adopt a rule requiring that all players 13u players must swing a bat with no lighter than a drop-8 length-to-weight ratio and 14u players must swing a bat no lighter than a drop-5.
Distance from back point of home plate to CENTER of second base: 99 feet. The base must dislodge from its anchor.
Players who turn 14 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. Also, any player turning 15 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 13u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
Pony Baseball’s Pony division (13-14 year olds) play on fields whose pitching distance is 54 feet and whose base paths measure 80 feet.
USABat, BBCOR and Wood bats are also allowed. All bats must have a branding, label, or stamp proving BPF 1.15, and length/weight ratio vary by division.
For the 13u/14u division, BBCOR is also permitted and sometimes used by the bigger players.
90 feet is also the distance from first to second base, second to third base, and third base to home plate, so the distance between each of the four bases is identical. Between each base, the straight line or shortest distance from one base to the next is known as the baseline.
A high school field will share about the same dimensions as a professional field, or about 300 feet down the lines and 400 feet in centerfield. Some parks have a huge amount of foul ground, making them less friendly to hitters.
Between these extremes, USSSA Baseball Bats are also available in drop 10 and drop 8 bat drops. According to USSSA guidelines, all 13U players must swing a bat no lighter than a drop 8 bat drop, and all 14U players must swing a bat no lighter than a drop 5 bat drop.
Weight drops vary in Senior League baseball, but players 10 years old and under often use -10 weight drop bat. Players 12 years old and under often use a -8 weight drop, and 13 year old players often use a -5 weight drop.
If it’s BBCOR, the most common bat size is 31/28, followed by 32/29. If you’re in USSSA or USA, the correct bat size for most 13-year-olds is a 32/27.
Thanks to math, we know that on the baseball diamond, bases are 90 feet apart. That means, then, that throwing a baseball from home plate to second or from third to first is a distance of 127 feet, 3 3/8 inches.
Finding Second Base:
The distance to measure is from the apex of home plate to the center of second base the distance to measure is 70 feet 8 1/2 inches to 127 feet 3 3/8 inches.
7.01. C. 1 Effective January 1st, 2020, all 13U players must use a maximum drop 8 (-8) bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped.
Age 14 to 16, drop 10 • Age 16 and up, Drop 8oz to 10oz. Drop 10 is still the most popular drop, but some power hitters prefer a drop 9. *Bat Weight is also a preference. There are some over 14 players that prefer and use lighter bats.
The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of 13-16-year-olds from within this division (and/or from within the Junior League division), and the team may enter the International Tournament.
13 And 14-Year-Olds
An average fastball from this age range is anywhere from 55 mph (on the low side) to 75 mph. A pitcher throwing 75 mph is better than most people for this age, and their fastball is at a high school quality. An average changeup for this age is approximately around the 50-60 mph mark.
(Typically 60’ Pitching Distance)
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USA Baseball approved bats (USABats) are certified with barrel diameters of 2-5/8″ and less. Approved bats feature a variety of barrel diameters including 2-5/8″, 2-1/2″, 2-3/8″, 2-1/4″ and 2″.
Starting in 2021, Perfect game bans all the USSSA banned bats, see below, and the 2017 DeMarini CF drop 5, the 2016 USSSA CF8 line of bats (5, 8, 10), the 2015 CF7 in a drop 5 and the 2015 Eaton XL1 in a drop 5. All banned for Perfect Game starting 2021.
Fundamentally, there are no differences between Drop 8 and Drop 10 bats other than the scale weight. Although each USSSA brand and model has its own vibe, the industry generally holds to these rules when moving from a drop 8 to a drop 10.
Best Baseball Bat for 12 Year Olds
If you are in a USSSA league, then the best bats for 12-year-olds are drop 8 two-piece composite bats with big barrels and a balanced swing.