There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get at the start of the baseball season. Excitement. Hope. Promise. Bring it on!
Whether you’re a first timer, a seasoned pro or looking to take your game to the next level, it’s time to take stock of your gear and be certain you’re ready for “Batter up. Play ball”!
Generally, clubs will have a uniform that players are able to order both pre- and during the season. A comfortable pair of pants or knickers (if you’re a traditionalist) and a jersey with a team cap are the basics. Good quality socks are essential for comfort in the field.
Gear and Equipment
Helmets are required safety equipment for all players in all leagues at all levels. Not only do they provide protection when you’re at the plate, but they should also be cool and comfortable.
While batting gloves are not required for safety, they do provide some comfort for the player. Some players like the feel batting gloves provide when contact is made with the ball, and the added protection when sliding in for that stolen base.
Other protective gear may be used and available. This ranges from wrist and elbow guards, through to shin and leg guards for batters. Fielders are also covered with optional gear such as chest guards and fielders masks.
Players in the catching position require the most protective gear. Known as ‘catchers gear’, it includes a catchers helmet with faceguard, a padded chest and body guard, leg protection. A catchers mitt is also an important piece of safety equipment, providing extra padding for catching inning after inning of pitches. Juniors catchers are also required to wear a throat protector on their catchers mask.
Baseball bats may be made of wood, aluminium or composite material. There are a few bat certifications that you need to be aware of which are relevant to the league you’re playing in. Juniors playing in competitions up to Little League (12) need to use a bat with the USA stamp. Juniors playing in Intermediate League (U13) and up can use a bat stamped with the USA or BBCOR stamp. Men playing in senior competition are required to use wood bats only. Women playing in senior competition have flexibility and can also use BBCOR certified bats. Check with your league around the regulations. Often the handle may be covered in grip tape which can be replaced as required.
Baseball gloves are made of leather or synthetic materials. They vary in size and are designed to be worn on the less dominant hand (as the dominant hand is used for throwing the ball). First base mitts / gloves are slightly larger and deeper providing players in this position optimum opportunity to catch a ball and get the out.
Regulation baseballs are made from a white leather exterior and stitched along the seams. Most leagues will use these types of balls, however in some junior lower divisions and T-Ball a Reduced Injury Ball (RIB) is used There are many types of balls available, covering training, wet weather, and age groups.
A bat bag can be a handy way to keep baseball gear organised and transport to the ground. They have lots of space for gear and equipment as well as specific bat compartments.
Other things to consider for game day are sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle and energy snacks.
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