Posted by BuyBats on November 16, 2017
It’s not uncommon for parents to be confused about what their children need for youth baseball. While some youth baseball equipment is essential, other equipment can be skipped until you know your child is committed to doing baseball through middle and high school. In this blog post, we will go over the different sports equipment your child will need for the upcoming season. For more information, we recommend contacting your child’s baseball coach or a youth baseball supply company near you.
One of the first purchases you should make is a baseball glove. Before your child’s first practice, you’ll want to make sure that their glove is broken in. Otherwise, the leather will be too stiff for your young player to properly catch fly balls and ground balls.
The tried and true method to break in a new baseball glove is for you to play catch with your child. Each time the glove is used to catch a ball, the leather gets softer and forms a pocket. Since the glove will need to be the right size for your child and broken in, it is essential your child has their own baseball glove before the first practice.
Baseball cleats will give your child the traction they need to safely run around the diamond and baseball field without slipping. Sneakers don’t offer the same amount of traction on the diamond, which increases your child’s risk for injury. Make sure you check with your child’s baseball coach to see what types of baseball cleats are allowed. For example, many youth baseball teams don’t allow players to wear metal cleats.
If your child is an infielder, you’ll want to invest in a mouth guard for baseball. A sports mouth guard is designed to fit over your child’s front teeth and protect them from impact damage. That way, if a baseball hits their mouth, you won’t have to take your child to an emergency dentist for a broken or knocked-out tooth. If your child doesn’t play an infield position, you may still want to consider a mouth guard if there is a chance they could be asked to substitute.
Batting gloves will help your child improve their grip on the baseball bat. While it’s not uncommon to see players not wear gloves on a regular basis, we recommend batting gloves so your child is prepared to play in cold or rainy weather conditions. The best way to stay warm out on the diamond is to keep your hands warm with quality batting gloves.
Help your youth baseball player stay hydrated during the game with a water bottle. While a water bottle is a small purchase compared to other types of equipment, it’s still nice to have. After the physical exertion from running around the bases, your child will be grateful to have a water bottle waiting for them in the dugout.
BuyBats.com is a youth baseball equipment supplier dedicated to making sure coaches and parents have what they need for the new season. If you are interested in browsing our inventory of youth baseball equipment, or have any questions, give us a call at (616) 498-8634.
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