We are frequently asked what players need to participate in Baseball and Softball.
All players participating in both baseball and softball will need will some equipment to play but depending on the sport, the league and the level your child is playing at, the equipment they will need will differ.
Whatever equipment you decide to buy for your player, it is important to remember that all equipment should be inspected regularly for the condition of the equipment as well as for proper fit. This is to ensure continuing performance and protection required of the equipment to keep players comfortable and safe.
Equipment that Wayland Baseball and Softball Association Provides:
Wayland Little League provides each player:
- A team shirt for the team they will be playing on for that season.
- A team hat for the team they will be playing on for that season.
(Players will need to wear their team hat and shirt for each practice and game.)
Wayland Little League provides each team for use at practice and game time:
- Catchers Equipment
(Players will need to share their team equipment and return in at the end of the game of practice session.)
Equipment that parents need to provide each player.
- Baseball Glove / Mitt.
Younger players, (K-4) typical will play in all positions on the field during the baseball season. This will include, infield, outfield, pitcher and catcher for their team. Accordingly don’t worry too much about buying a glove based on your child's favorite position.
Most parents begin by buying a good quality “first glove” for their younger player which fits their hand well and allow the player to open and close the glove easily.
As your child grows and progresses in the game many parents chose to buy a larger and higher quality glove.
As players continue to progress in the game, many parent also choose to buy a position specific glove, such as catcher or first base.
If you need help deciding on the right glove for your young player, there are many guides and videos online to help you decide on the right glove for your child. If you need more advice speak to your child’s coach or visit a store where a helpful assistant will gladly help you find the right glove for your child.
Baseball socks can be bought from most sports stores. Your child’s team coach can advise you on the right color socks for their team.
- Baseball Pants.
Baseball pants can be bought from most sports stores. Any color can be worn but typically most players choose to wear gray baseball pants
- Suitable sports shoes / baseball cleats
No metal spikes allowed!!
Cleats must have rubber or hard plastic spikes.
Some players use soccer cleats that meet these guidelines are permitted
Optional equipment parents choose to provide each player.
Wayland Little League provides the team helmets for each practice and game. Many parents chose to buy their child their own helmet for many reasons including
A better or custom fit
Avoiding the problem of lice and other issues
Even though Wayland Little League provides the team with bats for each practice and game, many parents chose to buy their child their own bat for a number of reasons such as:
Customized size / length,
Consistency of always using the same bat in practice and games.
If you need help deciding on the right bat for your young player, there are many guides and videos online to help you decide on the right glove for your child. If you need more advice speak to your child’s coach or visit a store where a helpful assistant will gladly help you find the right bat for your child.
If you are going to buy a bat for your child consider the following
Make sure the bat is an approved bat
If you are going to buy your player a bat, generally lighter is better.
As a general rule, remember the "drop-10" system, meaning that a bat should weigh ten ounces less than its length in inches. 25 inches, 15 ounces is a good Tee Ball bat; 30 inches, 20 ounces is a good bat for Majors players. However this may change for your child.
Spend wisely. The rules for bats change so frequently that spending more than $100 on a bat can be a risk. With the rate at which players grow, they'll need a new bat as often as every year. Remind your player that it's not the bat that does the hitting; it's the swing.
- Catcher's Gear
Wayland Little League provides every team catcher's gear for each practice and game.
It's a big investment, particularly for a growing child, so don't consider buying this equipment unless you're convinced your child wants to spend most of her playing time behind the plate. Also consult your child’s manager/coach.
Your child will not play catcher full time in the younger leagues.
- Protective / sports support and cup
Wayland Little League recommends that each male player wear a protective cup and supporters for practices and games.
- Kit Bag
With all of the equipment your child needs it makes sense to buy a good kit bag that can be used to carry all of that equipment to and from practices and games. It is a good way to store the equipment when it’s not in use too.