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What is the best way to determine what cricket bat size to use? This is a general question but my specific case is for my 8 year old son.

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PS: can someone with enough cred please create tags for cricket-batting, cricket-bowling and cricket-fielding and then apply the first of these to this question?? –  Scotty.NET Jul 3 '13 at 10:34
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Nope. Let's keep an eye on what we create tags for. –  hims056 Jul 3 '13 at 11:10
    
@hims056 - ok. I guess it makes sense if these labels don't have the volume that SO labels get (even though people should be talking more about cricket). –  Scotty.NET Jul 4 '13 at 13:01
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@Scotty.NET It's not even that. Sure, if the question merits the reasonable scope and usefulness of the tag, but your question is not about the act of cricket batting. It is about how to select a bat (a piece of equipment) to use for batting in cricket. FYI, cricket is the most talked about sport on Sports SE. –  edmastermind29 Jul 4 '13 at 16:51
    
@Scotty.NET people certainly should be talking more about cricket, agreed! Signs are good on this site, happily. –  Spinner Jul 4 '13 at 19:19

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Good question. A common mistake is to select a bat that is too big for a young player. The temptation may be to buy a large bat for the player to "grow into", to save money as much as anything else, but it's definitely not a good idea. The bat should feel comfortable to and manoeuvrable by the player.

Bob Woolmer's Art and Science of Cricket has this to say on choosing a bat for a young player (p.101):

The ideal length for a bat is the inside measurement of the batsman's trousers [...]. Bats that come up to a boy's hip or waist will do irreparable damage to his technique - not to mention his pleasure and interest in the game.

The weight of the bat must also be carefully considered [...] children over the age of seven fare best with bats that weigh no more than a kilogram. A good yardstick is to ask the child to lift the bat in his non-dominant hand (i.e., his left hand if he is right-handed), and to hold it out horizontally with his shoulder for one minute. If he can do this without strain or difficulty, the weight is correct.

Personally, I would err on the side of caution and opt for a bat that is lighter rather than heavier. The last thing one wants is a bat that impedes the development of good technique.

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+1 for erring on the side of a lighter bat if there is some uncertainty. –  Bogdanovist Jul 4 '13 at 4:34
    
+1 for a great answer beyond a simple table. I will check out the book you have referenced, sounds very good. –  Scotty.NET Jul 4 '13 at 13:08
    
@Scotty.NET Thanks, it's not a particularly cheap volume but it's great value in my opinion. Huge amount of fascinating information and insights on the game. –  Spinner Jul 4 '13 at 19:23
    
+1 Great answer and good notes..... –  NetStarter Jul 5 '13 at 10:28
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@Spinner - I now have a copy of Woolmer, it is huge.. it will make good bed time reading for my son (poor kid). –  Scotty.NET Jul 16 '13 at 13:27

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