How to Prepare Your Child for Youth Baseball

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How to Choose a Youth Baseball Bat

If you plan on signing your child up for the local youth baseball league, you’ll want to make sure you buy the right sports equipment. While most teams supply youth baseball bats, baseballs, and catcher’s equipment, there are still some things you’ll need to pick up from a youth baseball supply company like cleats and a baseball glove. In this blog post, we will explain how you can start preparing your child for the next youth baseball season.

Don’t Use Gloves with Cartoon Characters

Many toy stores sell gloves, but that doesn’t mean that they are appropriate for youth baseball. We recommend picking a proper baseball glove from a youth baseball equipment supplier near you. Baseball gloves that feature cartoon characters may attract your child’s attention, but they are not designed to be used with a hard ball in a competitive league. In fact, youth baseball gloves sold in toy stores often come with disclaimers saying that they are not meant for competitive play.

Get a Proper Baseball Glove

Did you know that there are different types of baseball gloves? For example, a catcher’s mitt will be more padded than other types of gloves so the player can safely catch balls thrown at high speeds. A catcher’s mitt will also be noticeably larger so that there’s more surface area for the pitcher to target.

If your child is starting their first year of baseball, they’ll just need a basic glove. However, if your child continues baseball into middle and high school, you’ll need to choose the right type of glove for the position they play. Since small children are too young to specialize, you won’t have to worry about getting a certain type of baseball glove just yet.

Make Sure Your Child Breaks in their Baseball Glove

When you first buy a baseball glove, the leather will be stiff. For this reason, your child will need to break in their baseball glove before their first practice. The tried and true method for breaking in baseball gloves is to play catch with your child. With each catch, the leather will soften and conform to the general shape of the baseball to form a pocket.

Never microwave your baseball glove in an effort to soften the leather. The only thing you’ll accomplish is shrinking the glove so that it no longer fits your child’s hand. Leaving the glove out on your car’s dashboard to bake in the sun is also a bad idea because it will make the laces brittle and prone to breaking.

Buy Baseball Cleats, Not Sneakers

Sneakers won’t give your child the traction they need to run across the baseball field and diamond, which is why you’ll need to invest in a pair of cleats. The majority of slip-and-fall injuries can be prevented by a good pair of baseball cleats. Just make sure that you don’t get metal cleats as most youth baseball leagues don’t allow them.

BuyBats.com is a youth baseball bat supplier dedicated to helping coaches and parents prepare for the next season. If you are interested in browsing our inventory of youth baseball bats and equipment, give us a call at (616) 498-8634.

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