It depends several factors. Hitting ability (hits themselves, bunting) and base running (are they smart on the bases: leading off, tagging up, looking for the runner in front of them so they don't get caught in a pickle), stealing (is it allowed, do they know what to look for).
Then...I go for the 'littlest strike zone' lead off hitter. It lets your team get to know the opposing pitcher (since they have to pitch strikes to get the batter out). I also like her to have excellent baserunning skills. Then the next two should be solid players. Heavy hitter at clean up is a staple. And I try to (based on age group) rotate fast with power. Keep in mind you want kids on the bags when someone who is successful at the plate comes up. So I like a solid hitter in the 9 spot and remember that odds are your first three come up more times than any other in a game so their success will be skewed when you look at the stats.
You can always tweak a lineup to see who does well where...some kids just don't take the pressure of lead-off well...
Down the season a bit...I check how the young ladies did against a pitcher and see if things need moved around based on that when we play them again.
If it comes down to it, I sandwich a weaker batter with stronger ones...
I definitely don't like to have the kids set up all strong together and all weak together.
I would put the first three batters as the fast ones who usually get a small hit as such a single or double or maybe even gets walked a lot, the depends on the pitcher though, then i would put a strong hitter fourth so the bases cld potentionally be loaded when a big hitter comes up, and i would jus keep tht order going..
Hi Larry, you're talking youth sports. your best player yesterday could be your worst player today. play with your lineup. teach fundamentals and remember each individual brings something different to your team. watch speed, because if your fastest runner bats after your slowest runner, you will create problems. remember team. win lose or tie our team always encourages its individual members. keep practicing and good luck!
I use the rule of 4 with my batting lineup. Every 4th batter is solid with ability. I like to put a bunter in the 2nd hole. I find that through most games we average 4-5 at bats per inning. Sometimes its more important to look at where you might finish in a game.
In youth sports, Jerry is very right. As they get older, they do get more consistent, but not always. I like to look at the book and keep statistics for each game. One key item for me is OnBase %. At the younger ages, knowing when to swing can be just an important as how to swing. That being said I like to put speed as a lead off hitter; Then contact; then two consistent hitters with power. Then I will put a solid hitter in the 5th spot that has a good OB%. and replicate the top of the order. Since I am never really sure till game time who will be there, my stats help me work it out.