Baseball Equipment and Accessories Selection
As far the weather is conducive, you will see many people coming out to play baseball, especially the young ones. Kids like participating in baseball practice and games. For those who are interested in joining in the games, they need to be well prepared in terms of equipment. There needs to be available a certain number of items if one is to enjoy participating in the sport. There are also some other accessories that make it worthwhile. You will get some of these equipment from you school or club. But there are some you have to buy for yourself.
You need to invest in baseball gloves. The kind of glove you end up with depends on the position you intend to play in. If you play more than one position, you will need to buy more than one kind of glove. You will notice the outfielder’s gloves being bigger than those of the infielder’s. The smaller size of their gloves is to allow them to remove the ball faster. The first basemen and catchers shall wear mitts, not gloves. You can expect the first baseman’s mitt to be longer with one side flat. The catcher’s mitt is round and adequately padded, to make it possible for them to stop a fast moving ball.
You will also need a bat. You will be buying yourself a bat so that you can practice more often. You will get wooden and aluminum versions. For aluminum bats, check first whether your league allows for them. Their sizes are also normally written on them, detailing the length and weight. You need to feel how comfortable a bat is in your hands before buying it. It should not be a strain to swing it.
You need to have cleats. Normally, you will not be allowed to wear metal of spiked cleats until high school competition. You therefore need to invest in a pair of rubber spiked cleats that are comfortable to wear.
You also need to invest in a baseball cap. It is a requirement in the uniform. There are many that fit different sizes of heads, as well as the adjustable one that are great for more people.
There are times when you will need some personal catcher’s gear. Those are usually expensive, and supplied by the league or club. But if you value your comfort, you will get yourself your set that fits you perfectly. You will need to ensure it does not lack a shin guard, chest protectors, a mask, throat guard, and the mitt.
You may also wish to get yourself some batting gloves, a protective cup, practice balls, a batting tee and pitching target, or you practice your pitching and hitting form.