Sign your kid(s) up to participate in baseball this season?

We’ve gathered the latest info on gear + norms to help you prep for a successful season.
Keep reading to learn how to prep for Youth Baseball this season!

GET READY FOR baseball SEASON

Widely known as America’s favorite past-time, baseball is a sport played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat.

Here are the latest trends to help you prep for Baseball season including:

  • Athlete Gear + Equipment + Apparel Needs

  • Norms for Baseball Teams (including typical fees, schedules, and practices)

And more, including Baseball do’s and don’ts, specific tricks, tips, advice, and personal experiences from sports moms in our Sideline Hackers Community, and of course, how to keep it all organized!

get the season prep checklist below


baseball GEAR, EQUIPMENT, APPAREL + ACCESSORIES

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gear + apparel

Baseball Cleats

 
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Like any other sport, the right gear is going to help your athlete perform at their best. When it comes to baseball cleats, this still holds true. The main factors that should help you decide which cleat is best for your athlete include: ankle support and bottom material. Here’s a great article to help you choose: How to Choose the Best Baseball Cleat.

 

Best Baseball Cleats for Youth

 
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These are the UnderArmour Leadoffs. And they were rated the top youth baseball cleat for the 2019 season by Dugout Debate.

Other Top Rated Baseball Cleats for Youth


Baseball Bat

 
 

Since this sport is considered America’s favorite past-time, you can bet that there are countless reviews, summaries, lists, etc. when it comes to how to choose a baseball bat. Here’s one that I came across and thought was pretty thorough.

And another that tested, reviewed, and rated youth baseball bats and found the 9 best bats for the 2019 season! The bats are listed below, but you can read more about the reviews here.

Top Rated Youth Baseball Bats

  • Best Ever: BZ1-C Sc500 Easton Redline  Drop 5

  • Best 2 1/4 Youth Bat: 2014 Easton MAKO Youth

  • Best Big Barrel: CF Zen Drop 8 2 3/4

  • Best Aluminum Barrel: 2006/2007 Anderson Techzilla

 
  • Best Drop 5: 2015 DeMarini CF7 Drop 5

  • Best Drop 8: Marucci CAT 7

  • Best Drop 10: DeMarini CF Zen

  • Best Drop 12 Bat: 2017 Rawlings VELO Composite

  • Best Youth Wood Bat: Marucci AP5


Baseball Glove

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I found a really cool and easy to read glove size chart that provides a general guide for determining which glove size an athlete needs. It breaks it all down by age, position, and size. Choose the baseball glove your athlete will need here.


apparel

Tops, Bottoms, Singlet’s, and Sweats

Good news here… you don’t need anything fancy or expensive to get your kids prepped for running track this season (besides on their feet of course!) As far as clothes, stay away from cotton in general; cotton is notorious for NOT wicking away sweat and/or elements. Instead it absorbs them and then takes forever to dry!

Look for technical fabrics such as: DryFit, Thermax, Coolmax, or any other wicking fabric. They also work in colder temps by keeping your athlete’s body warm and dry. Here are some great options:

Don’t forget about the socks! Just as important, or maybe even more so!

Supportive Sports Bra

Girls should definitely be provided with a good sports bra that is supportive, and made specifically for high-impact activities. My recommendation, have her try it on and test it out by jumping up and down and running in place. You can almost immediately tell if the fit is proper. Don’t forget to replace it by next season! Fun Fact: Most sports bras only last about 72 washes due to lost elasticity. Here are some popular options:


accessories

Track + Field Accessories

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As in just about any other sport, accessories are practically endless, yet not essential. But they can help to make the season more comfortable, competitive, and safe for your athlete. Some of the top accessories preferred by Track + Field athletes include: watch, sun protection, sunglasses, sling bag, towels, duffel bag, and compression arm sleeves.

Best Accessories for Track + Field

  • Arm sleeve - these are used more so in track for coverage while in the sun and elements; especially if the uniform/singlet is short or sleeveless:

  • Gear bag - a convenient place for your athlete to keep all of their gear so nothing ends up in the lost and found section:

  • Runners Towel - Not only is it helpful to quickly wipe away all of the sweat; but it also helps with wiping down dirty gear (spikes, field event gear, etc.) instead of using your uniform!

  • Sling bag - another convenient place for your athlete to keep all of their gear so nothing ends up in the lost and found section, but a smaller version. This is what my boys use most of the time for practice, and to store their spikes:

  • Sun Block - As with any outdoor sport, it is extremely important to ensure your athlete is covering up from head to spike in sun block before, during, and even after competition. Track and Field is one sport that is known for having long days. Make sure your staying protected while competing:

  • Running Watch - One of the main goals for every track + field athlete is to improve upon their time or record at each meet. One of the ways to track this improvement is with a runners watch. Note: Be sure to check with your team’s coach to ensure this accessory would be allowed during competition. Most don’t have a concern during practice, but some may prevent wear during competition.


track + field - WHAT TO EXPECT

A GOOD PROGRAM SHOULD HAVE:

  • Developed coaching staff

  • At least one practice per week for players to work on fundamentals (ex. starts, conditioning, field events)

  • An outlined season schedule with advanced meet information (location, teams who will be in competition, schedule of events)

  • If travel is involved, location information should be presented at the beginning of the season.

  • Website and easy access to registration portal and/or more information

TYPICAL COST:

Varies. Ranges I’ve seen: $50 - 200

SEASON:

When it comes to Track + Field there are two seasons (Indoor and Outdoor). Both typically last at least a few months long. Indoor (November - March); Outdoor (February - August). Typically one track meet can last anywhere from a few hours to half a day; this depends on the number of events, and athletes competing.

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