As single moms, we wear a lot of hats. And whether we’re athletic or not, trust me—at some point, that hat will be a baseball cap. Active kids want to explore a lot of sports, and Little League is usually at the top of the list. Before you buy out the store, brush up on the essentials for playing baseball.
The upcoming season may not be a sure thing, and coaches may modify their approaches to practices and games. These changes could affect gear checklists, so don’t spend more than you have to. Kids grow so fast that their shoes might not even last the year. But if local conditions allow for safe play, make sure you have the right equipment.
You’ll want to make sure you buy your glove early because the more you wear it in, the easier it will be to use. Pay attention to size because if it’s not snug, your player won’t be able to focus on learning skills. Now warm up your pitching arm, and get out in the backyard.
There’s no need to plunk down big money for a tungsten/titanium/tantalum bat or whatever the latest thing is. The league will provide what you need for practice and games. But your all-star is probably enamored with the idea of hitting things, so get a cheaper bat that they can practice with.
There’s a lot of protective gear you can buy, and you need very little of it. But blisters are no joke, and some batting tape and inexpensive gloves could save you the pain.
If your rookie is a boy, let him get all his eye-rolls and giggles out of the way. He may not come up against any bad hops, but you’ll be glad you protected him all the same. It’s just one of those “one day you’ll thank me” things.
It might get hot out, but if your child has any interest in sliding, protect their legs as much as possible. Sliding shorts will help mitigate abrasion, but you might prefer some old pairs of sweatpants that can survive a few rips. Baseball stirrups were originally intended to protect ankles, but a pair of sturdy knee-highs will do for practice.
When they hand out uniforms, don’t just say, “Thanks, coach!” and walk away. Make sure it fits. If your child has to choose between holding up their pants and catching a fly ball, there aren’t going to be any winners.
This item is for you, and it’s a wiser way for you to root for the team than investing in a bullhorn. Probably the biggest essential for playing baseball successfully is a built-in fan, and you might not be able to count on your ex to be there. Wear your colors, and wear them often.