The Louisville Slugger Youth Baseball Bat

The right bat size takes into account the weight, height and the age of the child. This requires you to take the measurements and weight of your child before selecting a baseball bat.

Other important things that you need to consider when selecting a youth baseball bat include the barrel size, weight, drop and the handles and grips just to mention a few.

If you are looking for a solid bat for your little one, you can give Louisville Slugger YBVA153 Youth Vapor a try. This baseball bat combines high performance and value as well as durability. It will be a great selection for young players and upcoming players.

Features of the YBVA153 Bat

the bat is designed to meet the needs of the consumers. After hours of research, testing and analyzing the features, we put this is a one of the best in our baseball bat list.

7/8 Inch Tapered Handle

The standard handle of this baseball bat features a synthetic leather grip that provides the player with comfort. With such a comfortable grip, you are able to get in control and swing the bat to make the desired contact with the ball.

Balanced Swing Weight

The vapor baseball bat is among the best youth bats that provide a balanced swing weight. It is well designed to ensure that the player finds it easy to use unlike other youth baseball. This will enable the young players to get the best experience and become great baseball champions.

Performance 7050 Alloy

This is a one-piece baseball bat that provides the players with durability and performance. It is made of a strong material that does not break easily; this means long services of perfect performance in the field. The baseball bat is designed to provide you with a long-lasting use.

Dampening End Cup

This is a very important feature that ensures vibrations are reduced. Instead, the energy is locked in the barrel to create more power on the contact. If you are looking forward to being the next baseball Victor, give the vapor bat a trial.

2 1/4 Inch Barrel

This makes the baseball bat approved by many baseball associations. It doesn’t matter whether your child plays in little league or other types of leagues, this bat will deliver the desired results. That barrel diameter is large enough to enable the player to get the right contact with the ball.


  • Provides the players with a balanced swing weight
  • The one-piece design provides great performance and durability
  • The presence of a dampening end cup ensures that there is no vibration
  • Approved for play in little league and other baseball associations
  • Comes with a one-year warranty


  • Does not provide a good sweet spot for kids between 6-8 years
  • Features at a Glance
  • Performance 7050 Alloy
  • 2 1/4″ barrel
  • 7/8″ tapered handle

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q: Does this baseball feature a Pony Baseball stamp?

A: Yes it has. It is also approved by Babe Ruth, Dixie, Little League and features a USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp.

Q: Will this baseball bat work well for my 7 year old son?

A: Yes, it will certainly work well. The bat has a very nice pop. It is a perfect bat for my 9 year old son.

Q: Any warranty details of this bat from the manufacturer?

A: The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty for this youth baseball bat.

Final Verdict

Make your child a stronger and better player with this youth baseball bat. The bat is relatively affordable as compared to others in the market and delivers the best playing results. It provides a good pop and balanced swing weight for the young player. This helps in improving their performance and success in baseball playing.

The bat is designed considering the interests of young players. It is easy for the child to achieve a comfortable swing and make the desired contact. Let your child excel in baseball by selecting the right baseball that is constructed specifically for young players.

Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, and Darius Miller spend their summer vacations preparing for a title run

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When Jodie Meeks left UK to play in the NBA, there was a lot of hand wringing and tongue wagging among the BBN about who who step up and provide the veteran leadership on a young team with 6 new faces.

Patrick Patterson immediately came to mind for a leadership role and Darius Miller became another name that would need to step up to ensure success for the basketball Cats.

So how did these basketball Cat’s spend their summer break? From all appearances, it looks like both took totally different routes to assuming their leadership roles and from the looks of things, the UK Wildcats will benefit from these summer detours.

Patrick Patterson (and freshman Daniel Orton) have spent the summer in San Francisco under the tutelage of “Hell’s Trainer” Frank Matrisciano. If the name is not familiar, the results are. Former Oklahoma center (and the number 1 pick in the NBA draft) Blake Griffin spent last summer working with Matrisciano and he absolutely dominated the Big 12 last year. Gilbert Arenas and Kareen Rush are other basketball players who have benefitted from this training.

One thing for sure is that this was not a summer of treadmills and simply lifting weights. Matrisciano’s agenda is so tough that 7 of the 10 athletes that enlist his services end up leaving in the first half hour. The four to 6 week agenda also features NBA training with former coach Bob Hill. For more information on “Hell’s trainer, check out the SEWR blog for more info.

From all reports coming out of San Fran, it is currently working for Patrick Patterson. Daniel Orton’s dad, Larry recently while it looks like Patterson has lost weight, he has added a lot of muscle and predicts that Patterson will be a “terror”. Orton said that Patterson’s game has improved and that “Patrick is knocking down that 15 footer all the time. He’s going to be so hard to guard. He’s going to be a Top 5 pick (in the 2010 NBA Draft)”.

As for his own son, Orton says that Daniel is pain free from his knee injury and is focused on winning the national championship at Kentucky. “When he sets his mind on something, that’s what he goes after, too. I can’t wait to see him playing with all these other great players at Kentucky”.

One of those potentially great players is Darius Miller. Miller showed flashes of brilliance last year and as a sophomore, finds a lot expected out of him. From all early indications, Miller thrived in early practices under Calipari and was quickly pencilled into the UK starting lineup by fans when Meeks left for the NBA. Meeks spent his summer playing on the US Under 19 team which just won the first gold medal for the US in the FIBA championships since 1991.

Just making the team was a big deal, and Miller acknowledged that being part of such a talented team stressed teamwork more, rather than padding individual stats. Miller feels that the experience has made him a better player, hopefully something he can bring back to UK.

Miller feels that his defense has improved the most during this experience and his stats show it. Despite not starting, Miller led the US team with 11 blocked shots and 11 steals after the first 7 games of the tourney. Miller has turned his coaches heads with his team work and versatility.

“He is loading up the stat sheets. He is able to guard bigger guys and smaller guys. That versatility has really stood out. He has kind of given us a needed shot in the arm a couple of different times with his ability to block shots, make steals or create a hustle play. He’s been pretty clutch for us.” said Purdue coach Matt Painer, an assistant on the team. While not known for his shot blocking ability at UK, he has impressed the US staff enough to think he can take his shot blocking prowess to UK.

Miller has used this experience as a metaphor for whatever role he may play on the Wildcats this season. “We have a lot of scorers on this team (US u19 team). We do not all need to score. Sometimes a guy has an off night and then he might have a good game. It was just the way the game went when I had to score more. That could be a preview of what our season at UK will be like, because we are going to have a lot of scorers and depth too.”