Miniature Baseball Bats
Ever since I was a young kid, I had at least one of those miniature baseball bats. My dad gave me a small Red Sox (ironically since I’m a Yankees fan) bat. Eventually I got a Yankees bat with my name on it at Cooperstown. Years later I bought two basic miniature bats to use when playing around inside.
You can check out some of the options on Amazon. My small bats are 18 inches long. They are just long enough to have fun with (I wouldn’t want to go any shorter than 17 inches), and light enough to swing extremely fast.
A simple game I’ve enjoyed playing is to have an “All Star World Series” or home run derby inside. With a big enough room (average size may even work), you can roll up napkins or paper towels into a small baseball that you can hit with the miniature baseball bats (tossing them up to yourself). The bats are short enough that hitting the ceiling or surrounding objects in the room shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
I established some basic rules for hitting. Hitting the far wall at a certain height on the wall would be a home run. The corners of the room that you face while hitting can be the foul poles. Make believe where the fielders are and use your best judgement to determine what are hits and what are outs. To avoid having it become too easy, I like to have one swing and miss be a strikeout, with no walks or hit by pitches allowed. In general I also do 3 foul balls for a strikeout rather than allowing endless fouls.
Pros of Miniature Baseball Bats
-Small and lightweight
-Easy to swing and experiment with
-Fun to use
-Cheap compared to full size bats
-Tons of colors and customizations available
eBay has a great selection as well: Miniature Baseball Bats on eBay.
It’s also pretty cheap to get your own custom bat. Check out the linked picture to get a personal engraving for your special bat!