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The Best Baseball Equipment & Gear to Get Kids Ready for Little League

From bats to gloves, here's everything you need.

Proper baseball equipment is a must if you’re raising the next Derek Jeter or Dot Richardson. Sure, kids can use a wood stick, in a pinch, but investing in essential baseball gear like a bat and glove is worth your time and money. 

Why, you might ask? It’s about safety, stupid. According to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, children can suffer from both acute and chronic injuries resulting from repeatedly throwing the ball. Plus, they can experience the joys of knee pain. All before they reach high school. So get them the right baseball stuff to maximize fun and minimize aches and pains. 

Considering baseball is America’s oldest pastime, teaching kids how to play is both a paternal and a patriotic duty. Improving a young player’s skills requires two things: proper instruction and a crap ton of practice (It’s all about the muscle memory, son). Assuming your kid’s coach knows what he’s talking about when it comes to proper batting stance and slider-throwing, this baseball equipment and baseball gear for kids will help your Little Leaguer put it all together in the backyard.

It’s also important to know that as of January 1, 2018, USA Baseball implemented new bat requirements that impact 14-and-under youth leagues. That means that bats bearing the 1.15BPF stamp are no longer approved for use in these leagues; you must have a bat that is marked USA Baseball.

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Baseball Gear for Kids

So your toddler is into baseball? Great. This set is height-adjustable for your growing kid.

Consider this your child’s gateway set to baseball. The oversized bat makes it easy for toddlers to make contact with the oversized baseball and practice their swing. Over and over again.

This lightweight glove is perfect for very young players.

We like the soft mesh construction of this glove, plus the fact that it comes broken-in and ready to use.

When your toddler is ready to upgrade, get him or her this batting tee, which helps them practice their hand-eye coordination.

This batting tee is height-adjustable and you can customize it to your kid’s needs. Beginners start by using it at the starter level, at 18 inches to 26 inches. As they become more proficient at hitting the hanging ball, you can remove the hanging arm and attach the traditional tee topper, which can be adjusted in height from 25 to 35 inches.

This Easton catcher set is perfect for beginner youth catchers.

Kids get full-face and full-head impact protection, thanks to a tough ABS shell and a steel cage. The helmet’s lock-down closure attachment system guarantees a secure fit and ease-of-use. The chest protector has a double back adjustment mechanism with a Velcro closure attachment that adjusts to growing players.

Kids can improve their technique, develop a better swing, and boost their confidence by developing hand-eye coordination, hip rotation, stance, and switch hitting technique with this batting trainer.

This baseball trainer grows with your kid. The resistance is adjustable, as is the height, for low and high pitches. And it has a multi-twist design that gives you instant feedback on your swing.

This bat is meant for sluggers 14 and younger.

This USA Baseball bat is perfect for kids because it’s durable, light, and gives young players more control.

This baseball glove is sold both for right- and left-handed throwers, and it's Amazon's bestseller. It's constructed with lightweight mesh for comfort and ease for young players just starting out.

This is the glove you get for your up and comer who’s yearning to practice his or her catching and throwing skills. Unlike other gloves, these don’t need to be broken in, thanks to their RTP II construction.

This baseball glove stands out for two reasons: It has a power close feature that makes it easier for players to catch the ball, and it has a special pad that helps absorb the shock of repeated catches.

With almost five-stars on 200-plus reviews, the Mizuno Prospect stands apart from the other youth catcher’s mitts. It uses a “V Flex Notch” and Power Close technology to help younger players drop fewer pitches and a “ParaShock” palm pad to save young hands from the pain of catching two-seam heaters all game. It also comes broken-in.

If you're into stats, this gadget is for you. This bat swing sensor with on-device display delivers instant metrics, feedback and coaching tips to help shape the ideal swing. Plus, it gives you instant key swing metrics, including bat speed, hand speed, time to impact, elevation angle and attack angle.

Not only does your kid get immediate stats on his or her swing, but if you download the corresponding app, you have access to tips and drills created  by professional hitting coaches. It’s small and easy to mount over the end of the bat. 

This Under Armour shoe is a hit because it combines comfort and support with breathability to keep feet cool and dry for the entire game.

This baseball shoe looks awesome, for sure. But it also delivers, thanks to molded cleats that provide optimal traction on every field surface. There’s an equally great softball shoe for the ladies.

This baseball glove is light and comfortable, and aimed at beginners.

You can choose a glove for a left-handed or right-handed player. Because each glove is made with RTP II construction, there’s no need to break it in. It’s soft and usable out of the box.

This machine pitches a ball every seven seconds, so your arm gets a break.

Officially licensed by MLB, the battery operated Pitch-N-Hit pops up a new baseball “pitch” every seven seconds. It’s height-adjustable and is a fantastic way for kids to improve their batting skills.

This foam fielding trainer fits either hand and can be used for baseball or softball.

This foam fielding “glove” has secure finger grips in the back and aims to teach young players baseball’s golden rule of fielding: always use two hands. The trainer also drives home how important it is to get in front of the ball, something Roger Dorn had to learn the hard way. It’s good for righties or lefties.

This pitching machine throws any type of ball, hard balls, fast pitch softballs, dimple balls, light flight, plastic plus soccer balls and volleyballs.

For parents whose pitching arms aren’t what they use to be, this top-tier pitching machine throws hard balls from 18 to 45 miles per hour, and has easily adjustable speed controls. You can move it around easily, and because it’s manual, you don’t need to spend a ton on batteries. 

These balls are soft and squeezable, great for beginners, and you get 12 per package.

Remember that scene from The Sandlot when Dennis Leary clocks his stepson in the eye with a baseball? Sure, it’s hilarious ­­⏤ but Smalls also wouldn’t have needed that ribeye to keep the swelling down if they’d been tossing one of these instead. Soft Hit practice balls are official-size (nine-inch) lightweight poly foam training baseballs that won’t hurt or knock out any teeth. Kids will feel more comfortable getting in front of grounders or crowding the plate, and they’ll be much less of a need for a “there’s no crying in baseball” speech.

This is a portable baseball trainer for teams or single players, and helps them hand-eye coordination, batting power, and timing.

This trainer is great for kids seven and older. It lets kids learn and practice proper technique for the best swing, and works for both lefties and righties. You can get up to 500 swings per hour, without chasing the ball.

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