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Toddler baseball

Updated on December 14, 2014

Toddler's are not too young to play baseball

Many leagues have a T-ball program that starts at age three. The rules are simple but for children who want to play baseball, this is a great place for them to start. Some kids instantly know that baseball is their sport. You don't want to spend a lot of money to outfit them but you want to make sure that you get quality products that will protect them. Some three-yr-old baseball players can throw pretty hard and some can really hit.

There are many manufacturers of sporting equipment for younger children. Two of the ones I would recommend are Franklin Sports and Wilson. We started using their products when our child was 4 and now at 13-yrs-old, they have served us well. They offer quality products with safety in mind. There are other good brands but make sure that you know what you are buying.

Product lenses are not really my thing but after 9 years of baseball I feel very strongly that children should have the correct equipment. So what do you need for your budding MLB (Major League Baseball) player?

Baseball gloves

The SpongeBob glove and ball shown are the Franklin Sports 9" Air Tech Glove and Ball Set. The ball is soft and allows children to catch it without harm. Although this comes with a soft ball which is great for practicing, it is padded enough for a T-ball. Franklin also makes pink gloves for girls.

Franklin Sports Nickelodeon Dora The Explorer 9" Air Tech Glove and Ball Set #11741
Franklin Sports Nickelodeon Dora The Explorer 9" Air Tech Glove and Ball Set #11741

Franklin offer the cartoon characters as well as the standard gloves. For a toddler, these are padded enough to prevent hurt hands. They are a better fit for smaller hands. T-ball players at the younger age need something that will stop the ball but do not need the major padding that would be necessary for older players.

 

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Baseball helmets are not an option for players. This is a required piece of equipment.

Wilson's The One Youth Batting Helmet with Baseball Facemask (Black, One Size For All (6 1/8 - 7 1/4))
Wilson's The One Youth Batting Helmet with Baseball Facemask (Black, One Size For All (6 1/8 - 7 1/4))

It is the law that any child batting or running bases must have a helmet on the field. Some children do not like the face-guard but if you train them early they may not balk at it. Every child will be hit in the face at least one time. When the kids get to the age where it is no longer coach-pitch, the chances go up. The face-guard is a good idea.

Wilson's helmet is sturdy and although I have seen one crack when hit with a pitch from an older player, it would have been a disaster without a helmet. Toddlers don't throw that hard but they don't throw straight either. Any toddler running to 1st base with a catcher who is not very accurate will be hit on the helmet more than once.

 

Baseball bats - Rules and regulations

Younger divisions prefer aluminum bats. Bats are regulated and determined by age group. T-ball bats must conform to a certain size and weight. Most coaches will have the appropriate bat size for toddlers. I do not recommend buying a bat until you know what size to get. Bats that are too heavy for the child will not only make it hard for them to hit the ball but in order to compensate for the wrong weight, teaches them bad hitting habits.

Gear bags

Rawlings Playmaker Youth Player Bag (Black)
Rawlings Playmaker Youth Player Bag (Black)

There are two styles of bags. This is the most used but the backpack is also popular. The longer bag holds more gear and if your child has catching equipment, it will not fit in the backpack.

 

Baseball parents unite - Reader Feedback

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      poutine 

      6 years ago

      t-ball is fun for little kids.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! We bought my daughter a glove and ball for her 3rd birthday and it's been great! Throwing and catching is also a great way for our young ones to get in some good gross motor skills exercise.

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      Senora M 

      7 years ago

      That sounds like something my boys would like. Blessed by the Toddler Neighborhood Angel.

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      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      my daughter has been getting into baseball. thanks for the equipment suggestions.

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      Both my girls played T-ball as wee ones and one later participated in softball up through high school at the varsity level. T-ball is a great way for kids to try out the basics without a fear of the ball hitting them or trying to swing at a moving target. Wish I coulda played Little League!

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      GrowWear 

      7 years ago

      Children love T ball when they are small. Have seen many happy faces in the game. ...Cute glove for girls.

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      Teaching children to be active at a young age is a wonderful thing parents can do for their children. Toddler Baseball has been added to the RocketMoms 100 Hot Toddler Toys for Christmas 2010!

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