Equipment Guide

Here is a list of essential equipment necessary for a complete and enjoyable baseball experience. Please keep in mind that the availability of these items may vary from one association to another.

Equipment Description Provided
Team Jersey
Team jerseys will be distributed to the team during the first practices. Yes
Team Hats

Team hats will be distributed to the team during the first practices. Players should mark their names in their hats to ensure they are not lost or misplaced. Players need their hat to play in the games.

Team hats are kept by the players at the end of the season as a memento of their team.

Yes
Glove

Baseball gloves are essential equipment and should be brought to both practices and games. It's important to select the right size and break it in properly for optimal performance. Avoid purchasing an oversized glove, especially for beginners, as a smaller glove provides better control.

Breaking in your new glove takes time, and the most effective way to do so is by using it during play. Most gloves have a pre-measured size stamped inside the pocket. Please note that for pitchers, gloves must have a uniform color other than white or gray, or if multi-colored, white and light gray should not be included in the color scheme. Therefore, it's advisable not to purchase gloves with white or gray coloring.

Here are some general size guidelines to help you choose the right glove, but remember that each player is unique:

  • Tee-Ball: 9-10 inches
  • Infield: 10 - 11.75 inches
  • Pitcher: 11.5 - 12.25 inches
  • Outfield: 11.5 - 12.25 inches

Selecting the appropriate glove size will enhance your performance and overall enjoyment of the game.

No
Bat

CRLL and our local associations provide a set number of bats for each team, making personal bats optional. However, having your own bat can be advantageous, especially for players who want to practice outside of team activities. When selecting a baseball bat, it's crucial to consider your player's individual attributes, including height, weight, hitting strength, and skill level.

Furthermore, it's essential that the chosen bat complies with Little League's approved specifications for use in various divisions. Please be aware that new bat rules were implemented at the beginning of the 2018 Spring Season, and you can find detailed information on our Bat Rules Page. For additional guidance on bat purchases, don't hesitate to reach out to your coach or local association. Ensuring the right bat fit is essential for your child's success on the field.

Yes
Baseball Pants

Baseball pants are required for play at the Minor divisons and above. For T-Ball and Coach Pitch players, baseball pants are optional. Baseball pants are not provided by the league. Baseball pants come in three basic colors (grey, black, and white), your local association and/or coach can provide guidance as to the required colour.

Shorts are not allowed!

No
Belt
The baseball belts are optional and may only be required dependent upon the style of pants chosen. Belts are not provided by the league but if worn they should match with team colours.Your local association and/or coach can provide guidance as to the required colour. No
Socks 
Baseball socks are optional and not provided by the league. Socks should match the uniform colour. No
Shoes/Cleats

For T-Ball and Coach Pitch, cleats are optional since players can comfortably participate at this level with good-quality athletic shoes. However, as you progress to the Minor Division and beyond, baseball cleats become highly recommended and an essential piece of equipment for your child. Investing in proper footwear not only enhances their performance but also minimizes the risk of injury.

While soccer cleats might be a tempting alternative, it's crucial to understand that they are not interchangeable with baseball cleats due to differences in design and functionality. For Minor and Major Division play, molded cleats are mandatory, and metal cleats are strictly prohibited.

In contrast, the Junior and Senior divisions permit the use of metal cleats (spikes), offering players the option to choose between metal or molded cleats. Ensuring your child has the right type of cleats for their division will contribute to a safer, more enjoyable baseball experience.

No
Batting Helmet

CRLL and within our local associations, we no longer provide batting helmets for players. While some teams may have spare team helmets in their equipment bags, these may not be the most suitable option for hygiene reasons. We strongly recommend that each player invest in their own individual helmet.

It's important to note that making any alterations to the helmet, such as painting or adding decals (unless done by the manufacturer or an authorized dealer), could void the warranty. Face guards are permitted, but they must be originally fitted to the helmet by the manufacturer and retain all of the original fasteners.

Please be aware of the following helmet guidelines:

  • All helmets must bear a NOCSAE stamp.
  • Helmets with a mirror-like or metallic finish are not permitted.
  • Chin straps are optional, but if worn, they must be properly secured."

Feel free to ask if you have any more questions or need further information regarding our equipment policies. Your child's safety is our top priority.

Beware of Helmet attachments such as C-Flaps -- see our Helmet Attachment page for details

No
Athletic Supporters (also known as a jock or jill)

All male players are required to wear an Athletic Supporter for their protection in accordance with Little League rules. Additionally, it is highly recommended that all male players wear an athletic cup for added safety. Please be aware that it is mandatory for all male catchers to wear a cup along with an athletic supporter.

For female players, it is strongly recommended that they wear an athletic "jill" during play, especially if they are in the catcher's position. Safety is our utmost priority, and these protective measures ensure a safer and more secure experience on the field.

No
Batting Gloves

Batting gloves are optional and a personal preference of the player.

No
Equipment Bag
While baseball equipment bags are optional, they offer great convenience and can often be acquired at very reasonable prices. These bags provide players with a handy way to store all of their baseball gear and water, allowing them to easily hang it on the dugout fence during games. Moreover, this versatile item can serve you well in future seasons, making it a valuable investment for any baseball enthusiast. No
Baseballs

Baseballs are provided byCRLL. These balls shall weigh not less than five (5) nor more than five and one-fourth (5¼) ounces, and measure not less than nine (9) nor more than nine and one-fourth (9¼) inches in circumference for Majors division and lower. T-Ball and Coach Pitch use the softer reduced impact T-Ball version baseballs.

Yes