Baseball equipment comes in a variety of types which can differ from person to person as far as what is needed. Before you run out and buy gear you need to consider the position you play as well as the particular rules for your league or team. There are however some generalizations you can make and we’ll look at those here.
The game itself revolves around the ball. Baseballs don’t have a very long lifespan. In a typical major league game, for example, a few dozen baseballs are used. It’s always a good idea to have several extras on hand since they can be easily damaged by a hard swing or perhaps lost in a number of ways. Even if balls are supplied for you during games and official practice sessions, you should always have some of your own so you can practice in your spare time. You probably don’t need major league quality baseballs for practice, but you do want good ones that are either leather or a high quality synthetic material.
The catcher is believed to have the most difficult job in baseball. The catcher is the one most likely to get hit with a bat or a blisteringly fast ball as he crouches for hours behind home plate. Catchers should have a shin guard, chest protector and cup, because you never know when you’ll be hit by a wayward ball or even the tip of a bat. You also want to make sure all your protective gear fits comfortably, as you’ll be wearing it for hours on end.
For a pitcher, a pitching target is an essential piece of practice equipment. If you have a lack of partners to practice with this can be a helpful tool for improving your aim and technique. Rawlings, for example, makes a device called the Comeback, which is useful for practicing fielding as well as pitching. You can adjust the angle if you want fly balls or grounders making this a useful device for infield and outfield positions as well as pitching positions. You will find that having the right equipment of your own will make increasing your skill set easier for you.
In the above article we’ve given you some examples of the baseball gear that you’ll want to consider and why it may be right for you. It may take some time to get to know what is perfect for you as an individual. Playing multiple positions will mean owning more than one type of gear. The above guidelines can help you choose the right baseball gear, but you also have to make sure you get equipment that’s consistent with the rules of your own team and league.