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How To Buy Baseball Gears, Bats And Gloves

Updated on February 8, 2010

 Anyone who wants to get started in the sport of baseball is going to need to make sure they have all the right gear.  There is a lot of different baseball gear that you could purchase but buying bats and gloves is the best place to get started.  These are two of the most vital pieces of baseball gear and those which will have the greatest impact on your game overall.  To get things going you want to look for a bat and it depends on the age of the player as to what size of bat will be appropriate.

 For children ages 5 through 7, who would typically be playing tee-ball, a bat with a diameter of no more than 2 ¼ inches should be chosen.  These are the lightest regulation bats and are comfortable for little hands to hold without weighing them down.  Then there are the Little League bats which are just a little bit larger in size and weight.  Bat lengths range from 28 to 32 inches and heavier bats are around the minus 7 weight drop point whereas the lightest bats would reach minus 13.

 The Senior League bats are the second largest in size at 2 5/8 to 2 ¾ inches.  Finally there are the high school and college bats which are the largest and heaviest, anywhere from 30 to 34 inches in length.  Once you have chosen the right bat you can get started on finding a glove.  Again, the size is going to be one of the most important aspects to take into consideration here. 

 There are three especially important features on a glove that need to be focused on and these are the webbing, pocket depth and backs.  The webbing is on a glove can be either open or closed.  The pocket depth on a glove on the other hand, should be determined based on the field position that you play.  Shallow pockets are better for players who need to be able to catch the ball quickly and throw it, while deeper pockets are suitable for players in the outfield who are more likely to catch fly balls.

 Choosing a glove size can be the most difficult and the easiest way to decide is to try a few on.  Your glove should be loose enough that your hand has room to move around but not so much so that it feels as though it could fall off.  It needs to be tight enough that it won’t fall off and yet loose enough that your hand has enough space to move around.  Baseball is a wonderful sport, an American pastime, and as long as you’re prepared with all the right gear you can get started.


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