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Little League Equipment Rules

If you are buying your own practice equipment, you will usually want to get equipment that adheres to Little League specifications. Even if your league is a non-affiliated youth league, they will use probably use equipment that is certified for use in Little League.


All bats must be 33" or shorter and not more than 2 1/4" in diameter for Little League.  In some local leagues, wood bats are not permitted due to liability concerns.  In general, look for the "Little League Approved" markings on any bat your purchase.


By the book, gloves for the first baseman can not be more than 12" long from top to bottom (typically this is the size of the glove) and no more than 8" across the palm (from base of thumb to edge) and fielder's gloves can not be 7 3/4" across the palm. Also, by the book, a pitcher may not use a glove gray in color. As a practice, however, many local non-affiliated leagues are not strict on these guidelines.  I have observed kids using larger gloves and also gray gloves have been allowed for pitchers. Check with your local league and sports shop sales people on this.

Here is How Gloves Are Sized: Fielders gloves and first base mitts are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove down the finger along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heal of the glove using a flexible tape measure.

Here is an 11" glove - click on photo for larger view


Your local ball team will generally supply quality game balls specifically designed to meet local league guidelines.  For practice at home, any ball of size 2.94" in diameter (standard baseball) will work fine. One may purchase very inexpensive balls at a department store or at ebay for home practice - it is nice to have 10-20 balls on hand for various games and drills. For beginners, a tee ball is a good idea for minimizing injuries during catching practice.

Athletic Supporters

All male players are required to wear athletic supporters. Although this rule is not always enforced or checked in local leagues, it only makes sense to follow this rule.

Batting Helmets

Batting helmets should bear the "Approved For All Youth Baseball" stamp on them.  Helmets are always provided by the team, but it is a good idea to buy your own for batting practice at home against a live pitcher.

Catcher's Gear

Other equipment such as catcher's gear and bases are generally provided by the team. One should, however, obtain their own catcher's gear if they plan on practicing catching at home with a live pitcher and batter.  A foul tip can easily result in severe injury. You can get used gear at some used sporting goods store or at ebay at this link.

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