Before taking the baseball field, one must have the basic knowledge and rules of play. Moreover, getting the right equipment is of utmost importance. You don’t have to throw huge sum of money to purchase high-end accessories and gear. As long as you know the right equipment, you’re good to go.
- Baseball - make sure that your baseball conforms to the standards of the major leagues. To ensure you are only getting a genuine baseball, choose Rawlings as it is the only company that is licensed by major leagues to supply their official baseballs. Avoid buying balls that are made of synthetic materials, poorly stitched or made of inferior leather as these baseballs easily tear apart.
- Baseball bats – Professional players are required to only use wooden bats however, many players choose aluminum bats since it offers more power. Major leaguers use professional wood bats. It should be single piece and should be no more than 2 ¾ inches in diameter and no more than 42 inches long.
Whilst wood is a good choice, aluminum bats are now popular across baseball divisions. Hitters prefer aluminum bats because of its lightweight and offer more hitting mass than wooden bats. It allows players to generate greater bat speed.
Your baseball bat should give you that comfortable feeling when you use it. Make sure you can control the bat. Durability is also important so look for bats that are made of ash white. These bats tend to last longer compared to those that are made of dense woods. Aluminum bats are also sturdier than wooden bats, but after 600 hits or more, metal fatigue becomes an issue.
Wide grains are indications that the bat is constructed from an aged wood. These bats are resistant to denting, breaking, flaking and chipping compared to bats that are made from less mature wood. Non-pro leagues opt to use aluminum bats since these are cheaper.
Graphite and ceramic bats are the newest types in the market nowadays. They possess durability like that of aluminum bats, but almost close to mass ratio of wooden bats.
- Gloves - children can choose from plastic balls and vinyl projects however, major leaguers and professional baseball players can only use mitts and gloves that are made of leather. Many players prefer gloves with open webbing as it allows them to catch the ball precisely compared to closed-web gloves.To break-in the glove and make it more pliable, you rub it with saddle soap, linseed oil or use shaving cream.
Let your gloves dry naturally when it gets wet. Also, make it a habit to place a ball in its pocket and tie it close with a rubber brand or strap when it’s not in use. This is to maintain the glove’s catching shape.
- Batting Helmet – hitters are required to wear batting helmets with at least one ear flap. This is to protect them injuries. Players that go to bat without wearing helmets should be properly examined. Remember that even a low-grade fastball can cause you serious damage if it hit you unprotected head. Light plastic helmets are not also advisable to use.
Shoes and Uniforms
The thing is that most nonprofessional players even some professionals give little thought to their shoes. They feel it is not obligatory to wear standard baseball shoes. However, it is still highly advisable that you use light shoes with metal spikes when playing, but make sure it has good grip on the playing surface where you will run.
Likewise, your shoes should fit you properly and it can efficiently support you. If not, it can result to damaging or injuring your lower legs. Aside from shoes, your uniform should snug enough and make you feel comfortable.
All of these are just basic guidelines in getting equipped before you play baseball. There are different specifications and standards in terms of uniform, bats and baseball according to your league so might as well research for these information or ask your coach.