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DICK'S has everything you need in the way of adult baseball gear, including baseball cleats, protective gear, apparel, batting gloves and more from top brands, including Nike, Mizuno, DeMarini, Rawlings and Louisville Slugger. When it comes to baseball bats, DICK'S has a full range of materials like aluminum, composite, maple, ash and bamboo that are available in a variety of lengths, weights and turning models.
DICK'S also stocks baseball gloves for all positions and age levels, as well as any baseball gear you may need for game day or practice, including pants, sliding shorts, shirts, jackets, belts, socks and more. The wide range of baseball protective gear available at DICK'S encompasses batting helmets, batting gloves, catcher's gear and protective umpire gear from Wilson and adidas.
Other adult baseball gear at DICK'S includes training nets and screens, bat packs and equipment bags, official MLB baseballs from Rawlings and accessories for players, coaches and umpires, including bat grips, eye black, glove break-in kits and scorebooks.
Metal cleats are frequently worn by players at the high school level and above. While metal cleats often provide the best traction, they are considered to be more dangerous for younger players and recreational participants. Turf shoes provide cushioning and support and are great for training.
Composite and aluminum baseball bats are lighter, more durable and often more powerful than traditional wood bats. Adult BBCOR bats made from these advanced materials are used in amateur leagues, high school and college, but are not allowed in professional baseball.
A large selection of gloves for infielders, outfielders, first basemen and catchers are available in a variety of sizes and web designs. Catcher and first base mitts with enhanced padding are made to catch faster hits and throws without bruising the players' hands, while infield/outfield mitts provide ideal pocket depths and sizes to catch fly balls or scoop grounders efficiently.
Catchers need the most protective equipment on the field. At DICK’S, you'll find a wide selection of catcher's gear, including a helmets, chest protectors and leg guards. Batters also need a helmet and should considering wearing other protective accessories, such as a facemask, wrist guard, elbow guard or leg guard. Regular leather baseballs and official Rawlings baseballs are designed for competition, while weighted baseballs are designed to strengthen your arm and your throw.
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Tips & Expert Advice
Wood bats are ideal for batting practice and for warm-up. The extra weight builds performance and the solid, balanced feel encourages proper batting form. However, unless the league requires the use of wood bats, it is often more beneficial to use a composite or aluminum bat that provide better durability, increased power and advanced hitting technologies.
For adult BBCOR leagues, composite bats are a top choice. These bats offer you the best balance and sweet spot coverage throughout most of the barrel. Additionally, contact on the sweet spot is enhanced with vibration-canceling technology, which saves you from feeling the vibration in your hands. However, it is important to note that composite bats require a break-in period of 100 hits before using in a game setting.
Infield gloves should not exceed 12 inches, as this may limit the ability to scoop and release the ball quickly and efficiently. Pitchers usually use a 12 inch glove, as it provides versatility and ideal ball concealment from the mound. Gloves used by players in the outfield are typically 12.5 to 12.75 inches. The increased size and deeper pocket is optimal for catching and diving for balls.