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DICK'S carries everything you need in the way of youth baseball equipment, including protective equipment, youth baseball bats, gloves, apparel, baseballs, training equipment and more. Shop DICK'S large selection from top brands, including Nike, Under Armour, Rawlings, Easton and Louisville Slugger.
DICK'S offers safeguards for the chest/heart, head, face, forearms and ankles. Youth bats are offered in aluminum alloy, composite and wood materials, and range in size from 24 to 34 inches with bat drops of minus 5 to minus 14. There are both right-handed and left-handed gloves of various sizes for infielders, outfielders, pitchers and catchers, from quality lines and brands. Check out youth baseball cleats from the Nike Vapor Strike and Under Armour Heater lines in a wide range of kids' sizes.
Because kids are still developing the accuracy of their throwing and catching, an important piece of youth baseball equipment that should not be overlooked is the heart guard. A missed catch does not need to lead to injury, so equipping your child with a face guard while they work on fielding techniques and hand-eye coordination drills is a good idea. Other forms of youth protective equipment include combo batting helmets with attached facemasks, moisture-wicking sliding shorts and a batter's leg guard that will protect hitters from errant pitches.
The youth baseball gloves your young athlete selects depends upon the position he or she plays. Infielders and shortstops should use a smaller glove that is designed to scoop ground balls and throw the ball to fellow basemen more efficiently, while outfielders need a bigger glove with a deeper pocket for catching fly balls. First base mitts and catcher's mitts are constructed with thicker padding and larger pockets that fielder's gloves in order to provide the player with better protection.
Choosing the right baseball bat can often come down to how it feels in your child's hands as they swing. For young players, make sure the bat is made of durable aluminum or composite materials, and that it is not too heavy or too long for them to swing quickly. Also, make sure the bat has a comfortable grip, or consider using batting gloves to ensure comfort and a steady hold.
Tips & Expert Advice
Young baseball players typically play different positions throughout the season. Therefore, it's a good idea to consider purchasing different gloves suited for each of the different positions, or a single versatile glove that can be used for a variety of positions.
If your child routinely plays first baseman or catcher, it's best to choose a glove specifically made for these positions to protect their hands. Infielder and pitcher gloves with more shallow pockets are designed for quick catch and release of the baseball, whereas an outfield glove is generally larger with deeper pockets for catching fly balls. When choosing a mitt, select a loose fit over a tight one. Optimally, there should be enough room to accommodate a batting glove.
Batting gloves not only help reduce stingers when the ball makes contact with the bat, but it also prevents the leather of the baseball glove from deteriorating caused by dirt and salts on your young athlete's hands.