Equipment Buying Guide
Before you go out buying equipment for your child, please note that all teams have a team kit that has bats and some other equipment that you child can use.
Your team coach will be best to ask when assigned to a team as they can direct you in what is required.
Generally, once you have bought your uniform as part of your registration then these are the other items that are useful.
- A glove (required)
- A par or good grip runners (Tball) or soccer boots or baseball boots for (Zooka and above)
- A bat (the kit bags has official bats to try out and use)
- A big smile
- Below are a few guides on how to buy items
Aluminium alloy bat (not wood) for beginners as they have a bigger sweet spot and more durable, you do not need to buy an expensive bat and will probably be about $100 - $150 for a beginner (less for tball & zooka). Again your kit has a range so you can test the weights and length to help you with your bat choice when ready. There is NO rush.
If you are buying a new bat please note new bat regulations come in this year "USA Baseball" ** . So this means if you are buying a bat you will need to buy a bat with "USA Baseball" logo on it (Seniors needs a BBCOR). All baseball shops will help you select and keep an eye out for highly discounted bats or eBay bats as they might not be legal. Please note this is not a WBC decision but a directive from Baseball Australia inline with the USA standards.
** Intermediate and Junior Leagues can use BBCOR bats but in all reality they will be too heavy for that age group. So JUST look for the USA Baseball Bats.
Legal bats come in 2 widths 2 ¼ inch and 2 5/8 inch (Various length). The thinner is best for a smaller frame, and thicker for a bigger build.
If you are looking for good start out bats then these are good budget bats with good feedback
2 1/4 inch
2 5/8 inch
More USA Baseball bats:
You do not need an expensive bat to have fun or a big hit. It’s more about technique than bat.
These are the USA Baseball logos and they need to be on the bat for it to be official
For those of you who are interested in the bat matrix and stamps to look for
Your coach will help further.
Here is a guide for length of bat, just have a swing and buy what feels best.
For beginners choose a general glove (not for any particular position) with the following general specs.
Age | Size
U8 | 9-10"
8 - 10 | 11"
11 and up | 12" to 13"
Most importantly select a glove that fits, i.e does it feel good on and is easy to close and not too stiff.
A beginner can start with a glove that is around $30 - $40 that is mix of leather and non leather elements that will last until they grow out of it and ready to buy a higher level leather glove. Buy a good brand such as Rawlings, Easton, Mizuno or Louisville.
Older kids really need to talk to their coach or a specialist.
You may need to break in a glove after you buy it, although most of the entry level kiddy gloves will come pre softened so you don't have to work them in.
Where you can buy equipment