Buying Baseball Equipment

Baseball requires more protective equipment than many sports.  To play baseball, each team needs baseballs, bats, batting helmets, and bases, and each player, of course, needs a glove.

Rule Requiring Safety-Release Bases Likely to Reduce Leg Injuries in Youth Baseball

Since 2007, Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® have mandated the use by all leagues of bases that disengage their anchor (e.g. "safety-release bases"). If your child is playing for another baseball or softball national organization you may want to check with them, as this rule pertains only to Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball®.

Safety-Release Bases In Baseball Are A Must

Regardless of the youth baseball program in which your child participates, make sure it uses breakaway bases. If they don't, do your best to encourage their use, since a large percentage of baseball injuries occur during sliding and can be prevented by use of safety-release bases.

Buying Baseball Gloves

Each player should have his or her own glove and should take the time to find one that is comfortable and fits well. Players, especially younger ones, should choose a smaller rather than larger glove, because a larger glove is more difficult to open and close quickly.

Buying Baseball Bats

Bats must be made completely from either wood or aluminum. Older, more competitive teams/leagues may not permit the use of aluminum but, until recently, this was fairly rare until the players reached the collegiate level.

Buying Baseballs

A regulation ball is 9 inches around and weighs approximately 5 ounces. Many leagues use safety or "RIF" (reduced injury factor) baseballs, at least in T-ball and the lower "minor" leagues. Because safety baseballs are softer than regular youth baseballs, they don't hurt as much when they hit a player.

Baseball Safety Equipment: More Than Just Helmets and Catcher's Gear

There's more to baseball and softball safety these days than batting helmets and catcher's gear.  Here's a list of some other important safety equipment, some of which should be mandatory.

2012 Little League and High School Bat Rules and Specifications

Bats used in high school baseball in 2012 must meet Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) and ball exit speed ratio (BSR) limits while non-wood bats approved for use in Little League Baseball must also meet strict guidelines and the moratorium on composite bats continues.

Protective Cups: Essential Piece of Sports Safety Equipment

Protective cups and jock straps are worn under an athlete's uniform as part of the base layer of their underwear. The cup is primarily for supporting and protecting a boy's testicles or genitalia.  Cups are recommended equipment for just about any sport your son plays which involves a puck, a ball, or possible collision or contact with another player, explains MomsTeam's Brooke de Lench in this informative video.
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