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DICK'S Sporting Goods has a comprehensive line of baseball protective gear, including batting helmets, face masks, on-field body protection equipment, athletic supporters and mouth guards to keep you safe as you play. Brands such as Shock Doctor, Easton, EvoShield and adidas offer products that guard your head, face, and upper and lower body.
Protective gear is available for batters, infielders and outfielders, as well as specialized personnel like catchers and umpires. DICK'S also provides sports medicine products for players, trainers and coaches to protect joints and prevent injury. Whether you participate in back-lot pick-up games, junior league or adult competition, choose from various styles and sizes of softball and baseball protective gear to fit your individual needs.
Your position and function on the field determines the type of protective gear you need. When it's your turn at bat, you need to guard your head from injury with a durable, well-padded batting helmet. Adding a face mask complements your batting helmet and protects your face from errant pitches without hindering vision. You can slide in for a steal with confidence wearing sliding shorts that will protect your legs from friction burns and collisions.
On the field or at the plate, heart guard shirts, wrist guards and legs guards, from brands like EvoShield, offer padding and protection that helps prevent player injury from collisions, errant pitches or stray balls. If you are recovering from an injury or have weak joints, the right brace can strengthen your knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, back and shoulders.
Catchers and umpires are among the most vulnerable people on the field, and as a result they need extra protection. DICK'S sells catcher and umpire protective gear as individual items or in complete sets, including leg guards, helmets and chest pads.
Tips & Expert Advice
Batting helmets are available with or without the mask attached. If you buy one without the mask and add the mask later, be sure that it is the right size and is built to fit your helmet and includes special coating technology that helps reduce glare.
Also, consider the individual needs your position would benefit from most when purchasing on-field baseball protective gear. Pitchers and players in the infield would benefit from chest and rib guards due to the velocity of hard-hit line drives. Keep in mind, however, that extra padding may encourage sweating, so make sure that the fabric has moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool. Young athletes and Fastpitch players, especially pitchers and infielders, may benefit from a protective face guard designed to prevent facial injuries.
Catchers spend a lot of time crouching behind the plate and should invest in a pair of knee savers and thumb guards. Knee savers allow you to squat for long periods of time without straining your knees. Thumb guards fit inside your glove and protect you from bruising and soreness from repeated fastballs.