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Equipment

Equipment

Participants in the Traveling Baseball program are required to purchase their own batting helmet, glove, bat and cleats (see below). Bases, balls, team bag, and catcher gear is provided (players may purchase their own catcher gear).
 
Cleats:  10-12 years old no metal spikes allowed. 13 and over metals spikes allowed.

 


UPDATE FROM MBL ON USA BASEBALL APPROVED BATS for 2018 season

 Bat restrictions:  9U-14U: All bats must have the new USA stamp (unless using a -3 BBCOR bat).

15’s can use a BBCOR bat or wood bat.

9-U, 10-U, 11-U,
12-U, 13-U

Bats must be 2 1/4" with unlimited weight differential or bats 2 5/8" and have a -11 differential or less meaning -10, -9 etc. NOT -12, -13, etc. (i.e. 31” – 20.0 oz. / 31” – 21.0 oz. / 31” – 22.0 oz. etc.)

14-U
14/15A

Bats must be 2 5/8" with a -5 or less differential

15-U

Bats must be 2 5/8” with a -3 or less differential

 

You may be asking, what does all this mean when you’re shopping for a new bat for next season?  We’ve tried to summarize the restrictions in an easier to understand manner…

For the 9 – 13 yo’s –

  • If your son is going to use a bat that has a 2 1/4” barrel, the weight differential (length minus weight) is unlimited.
  • If your son is going to use a bat that has a 2 5/8” barrel, the differential (length minus weight) must be -11, -10, -9 etc.
    • (30”-19oz., 29”-18oz., 28”-17oz. would = a -11)
    • (30”-20oz., 29”-19oz., 28”-18oz. would = a -10)
    • (30”-21oz., 29”-20oz., 28”-19oz. would = a -9)
  • It CANNOT be -12, -13 etc.

In the past, the “big barrel” bats had a 2 3/4“ barrel and the differential had to be -10 or less. 

Now, the “big barrel” bats have a 2 5/8“ barrel and the differential has to be -11 or less.

You will not find a 2 3/4" barreled bat that has the required USA Baseball stamp.

For the 14 – 15 yo’s -

The bat restrictions for these ages are a little easier to understand.  They must use a bat with a 2 5/8” barrel and have a -5 or -3 or less differential, depending on the age group.

Choosing a Baseball Bat

Baseball bats can be very expensive and a properly sized bat is critical to success, so please take the time to understand the differences in bat types, lengths, and weights. Some baseball bat retailers and some websites provide insight into things you should consider when selecting a properly-sized bat. Some very general information relative to proper bat sizing (length only) is available in the chart below.


Choosing a Baseball Glove

The most important thing when it comes to buying a glove, is buying the correct size, which depends on the age and position of the player.  The size of a glove is important for a specific position because it is designed to maximize the performance of the player.  The chart below shows an estimate of the size range of the glove for a specific player for baseball.


Portable Pitching Mounds

Here are some reminders when it comes to portable mounds:

1.  Two or more people is needed to lift the portable mound.  The weight of the bigger mounds is just over 100 pounds.  One person should not try and move any portable mound.  It could cause injury to the person and damage to the mound.

2.  Take them off the field after every game and practice.  This must happen everytime.  Leaving them on the field could lead to not having access to the field in the future.  

  ** The city is expected to drag the field daily.  Leaving them on the field may lead to damage to the portable mound.

3.  Do not move a portable mound from a field unless directed by the Traveling Baseball Fields Coordinator.

4.  Place them near the bench area - not on the grass.

5.  When storing the mound, Lay it down flat.

6.  Do not lean them up against the fence.  These mounds can warp over time.

Thanks!