5 Essentials for Young Baseball Players

With the end of summer approaching fast, many kids are concentrating on enjoying their remaining vacation days as much as possible before school starts again. However, for some young athletes, August isn’t just their last month or so of freedom from the classroom. It’s their chance to stand out as champions at the Little League World Series.

The 2016 Little League World Series tournaments started with the Big League Baseball World Series on July 26 in Easley, South Carolina, and will end with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on August 28 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Baseball can serve as an entertaining and fulfilling pastime for kids, whether they’re competing in the Little League World Series or taking part in a neighborhood pick-up game. It teaches teamwork and helps them get the exercise they need to grow up healthy.

For the parents of kids who participate in baseball, particularly as part of an organized team, ensuring young players have the right equipment is a vital part of keeping the game safe and enjoyable for everyone. Consider the following five accessories that can make baseball even better for kids.  

1. The right gloves. 

The gear players use to protect their hands when catching the ball has become customized to suit various positions, according to the eBay article “Four Baseball Accessories Worth Buying.” In addition to the catcher’s mitt, for example, there’s the infielder’s glove, which has webbing to prevent the player from picking up infield dirt along with grounders. There are also specialized gloves for pitchers, first basemen and outfielders. Using the right glove can make all the difference when it comes to catching the ball or fumbling it.  

2. Baseballs for youth players. 

The USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has recommended that Tee-Ball and Minor League divisions use reduced-impact balls to lower the risk of injury among young players, according to the Little League. The reduced-impact balls still look and handle like traditional baseballs, but they make the game safer for young players.                                        

3. Water bottles. 

It’s important to stay hydrated during a baseball game, according to the sports-related networking site iSport. Players should bring refillable water bottles with them and be sure to drink water during every inning to avoid dehydration, even if they’re standing still in one spot on the field.  

4. Sunglasses. 

It’s a good idea to have sunglasses on hand during a baseball game, according to iSport. It’s difficult to play the game well and keep track of the ball with the sun blinding you, so it’s definitely worthwhile to have a pair ready just in case you need them.   

5. Lanyards. 

Custom lanyards can prove useful for many athletes, including baseball players. Customized woven lanyards with the team’s logo and colors can reinforce a sense of unity, and they can also help players keep track of accessories like their water bottles.

In the end, with the right equipment on hand, playing baseball can be a great experience for young athletes. If you’d like to order custom lanyards for a youth baseball team, Woven Lanyards can help you create lanyards with a one-of-a-kind design. To learn more, contact us today at (847) (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com

Posted on August 1, 2016 .