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Player Equipment

Uniform

The league provides a complete uniform including hat, shirt, pants, socks, (belt for some divisions):

Glove

All players should have a glove that fits the players hand (not too big).  Glove sizes are in inches.  A general rule of thumb for glove sizes is as follows

  •  9” to 10” for players 5-6 years old
  • 9 1/2” to 10 1/2” for players 7-8 yrs old
  • 10” to 10 1/2” for players 9-10 yrs old
  • 10 1/2” to 11” for players 11-12 yrs old

Helmet

All players must wear a batting helmet.  It is not recommended that helmets be shared.

Cup

Baseball players in coach pitch and above - protective cup.

Bats

Bats can be shared but most will probably want to have one.  In the Minors and above divisions, please make sure that the bat is approved by Little League.  There is more info at www.littleleague.org website.

Bats have what is called a "drop" number.  This is calculated by subtracting the length from the weight.  So a 20 oz bat that is 30 inches long is a -10 or drop 10. Drop numbers bats for Majors and below range from -10 to -14. Heavier baseball bats provide more power, while lighter baseball bats will give a player more bat control and increased bat speed. The exact weight will be a personal preference. As far as length the following chart provides good guidelines.

Other optional equipment

  • Cleats (plastic cleats until Intermediate division; sneakers can be used otherwise)
  • Batting gloves
  • Sliding shorts
  • Bat bag
  • Eye black
  • Batting tee or a throw back screen for practice at home.

Important bat information for 2018

Attention Parents,


Sport equipment can be an expensive proposition.  Please read and heed to avoid making a costly mistake acquiring a new bat.

 

Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. The standard was developed by USA Baseball (not Little League) and will be implemented by nearly all baseball organizations.

 

What does this mean?: Before you go buy a new bat, please consider using your existing bat for another season or borrowing/buying a bat from a player who has outgrown their current bat.  If you have to buy a bat, please familiarize yourself with the rules for 2017/2018 bats.  Below is a comparison of the 2017 and 2018 standard and a link to the Little League website with details on the 2017 and 2018 bat standards:

 

2017-2018 Bat Comparison

Minors & Majors Divisions


2017
BPF 1.15 marking/ 2 ¼” barrel maximum


2018
USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum

 

Intermediate (50/70) & Junior Divisions


2017
1) 2 ¼" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15
2) 2 5/8" alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)
3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp


2018
USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
NO BBCOR ALLOWED

 

Senior Division


2017
ALL bats must be BBCOR


2018
ALL bats must be BBCOR

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The new standard does NOT apply to Softball.  Softball bats must comply with Softball Rule 1.10 which reads:

The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

 

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm



 

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