Youth baseball equipment
With summer vacations underway a lot of kids have signed up for baseball camps or a few are even participating in little leagues. Before you take the field or step up to the plate, you need the right baseball equipment. Whether you want to be the star pitcher, catcher, batter, or the outfielder getting the right baseball gear is very essential. The right gear will help improve your on field performance. Let us take a look at the baseball equipment that you would need to get started
Choosing a bat is one of the more important choices a hitter makes before stepping into the batter’s box. An inch either way or an ounce too heavy can throw off a hitter’s rhythm and sense of timing. When choosing a baseball bat, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration, including level of play, size of the bat, bat weight according to regulations, cost and comfort. The barrel or the wide portion of the baseball bat varies with player size. Longer and wider barrels have a larger sweet spot. Youth big barrel bats are the ones used now days by a lot of kids. They are usually made from wood according the regulations of most leagues. The weight of youth big barrel bats would be around 16 to 20 ounces.
Technically, if the glove has individual fingers, it is a baseball glove, if it has a single finger pouch, it’s a baseball mitt. Often, the terms are used interchangeably. Baseball gloves are not essential, but catching a 100-mph baseball bare-handed does sting you at times. Before buying your glove you should know which position you are playing in. Different positions have different gloves that you should use. Catcher’s mitt, first base mitt, infield glove and outfield glove are the four types of gloves based on position on the field. The youth catchers gear is usually 8 to 12 inches.
Baseballs have very little flexibility. The official league baseball is 9 inches to 9.25 inches round and weighs about 5 ounces to 5.25 ounces. Manufacturers also offer training balls, competition balls or league balls. These baseballs are less expensive and hence they are great for practice. All baseballs are clearly marked with their intended play level.
So get your kid the right baseball gear to help him perform better in America’s national sport
Guest Blogger: Anil