Finally the summer weather is here! Gone are the cold days on the baseball field and now we are all worried about how to stay cool on the field. Staying hydrated is crucial. The last thing you want is your kid going down because they dehydrated.
From a never ending supply of water to cooling towels, below are our 10 tips for staying cool and hydrated on the baseball field
Tips for Staying Cool and Hydrated on the Baseball Field
Don’t wait until game time to hydrate! You want to start hydrating a few days before the game. By the time you hit the fields, it’s almost too late to hydrate. Before games, drink plenty of water! Make sure they keep drinking all throughout the game. After the game is important too! Keep on drinking!
What about Gatorade or Powerade? Those are good too but you don’t want to overdo it. If you or your child is dehydrated, skip the Gatorade and go right to Pedialyte. Did you know that’s what the pros use?
Beat the heat! After keeping yourself hydrated, keep your body cool! Misters, fans, and cooling towels are the perfect way to cool down the body. We keep a water cooler packed with ice and cooling towels for the team. When the boys are in the dugouts, they use them on their necks and even put them on their head under their caps.
Take a break. In between games is the perfect time to get them cooled off and hydrated. Get them out of the sun and have them relax. Take off cleats and socks (make sure you have an extra pair). We set up a team tent in a shaded area for everyone to just sit down and relax, grab a drink of water, and chill out.
Pack hydrating fruits and vegetables! When the boys are relaxing in the team tent, make sure you have water dense fruits and veggies for them to snack on. Water helps transport oxygen, fat and glucose to your working muscles and regulate your body temperature. Below are the best water dense fruits and veggies to pack:
Keep your fruit and veggies cool in a cooler packed with plenty of ice!
Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The risk of heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and even heat stroke, greatly increases when the temperature climbs above 90 degrees and the relative humidity is above 60 percent. The increase in heat drains your body of energy and the increased humidity affects your body’s ability to sweat which helps your body cool itself.
Be on the lookout for warning signs (they can be subtle)! The quicker your recognize them, the sooner you can address them.
Muscle or abdominal cramps
Nausea and/or vomiting
Clothing! Coaches should take into consideration what colors their team will wear on a hot day. If you have the option of wearing a lighter jersey, it’s best to wear those on hot days. In the dugout, coaches should encourage players to take their hats off!
Below are some things players can wear under their uniform to help keep them cool!
Rotate players. Coaches should also be more mindful of rotating players. If your roster allows, rotate the kids more giving more breaks so players have time to probably keep themselves hydrated and cooled off.
Being a baseball mom means you are always prepared. For every situation. You have an extra uniform in your bag. A first aid kit just in case. Extra socks, belts, even cups because you just never know.
Thanks to some helpful mom hacks, you can simplify your job as a baseball mom and sit back and relax to enjoy the game. These hacks are not just baseball specific! Any sports mom or mom for that matter can benefit from these hacks.
Baseball season is finally upon us which means us moms have lots of things to clean! I spend enough time cleaning pants and jerseys that when it comes to cleaning baseball hats, I need something quick and easy.
When it’s time to get rid of the grime and sweat stains, the dishwasher is a convenient and effective option!
The Best Way to Wash a Baseball Cap
Yes, you heard me right. The dishwasher! If you follow the steps below, you can wash all the baseball hats in your home and not have to scrub or soak! Before you start, here are a few things you will need:
If your hats are really dirty, soak them in some warm water and OxyClean. If they aren’t too bad, you can skip that step and go right to the dishwasher.
Before you put your hats in the dishwasher, check the labels. Skip the dishwasher and wash your hat by hand, if you notice one of these warning signs:
A cleaning tag that says “cold wash only”
Fraying stitches, tears, or other signs of damage
Still with me? Time to throw them in the dishwasher! To keep the shape of the hat, you can use a baseball hat frame. They will not protect your hat from heat or moisture, but they should stop severe bending. Simply open the frame, place your hat inside, and snap the frame shut around it. You do not need to use a cage to keep the hat’s shape! When placing your hat in the dishwasher, use the prongs to shape the hat. I did not use a cage and my hats kept their shape!
Load the dishwasher with hats only. For hygienic reasons, do not mix dishes and clothing in the same load. Place the hats on the upper rack, where heat and water pressure are usually less intense.
Set the dishwasher to a short wash without drying. Set your dishwasher to the shortest wash cycle. Never include a drying cycle, which can bend or wrinkle the hat due to intense heat. I used the delicate cycle on my dishwasher.
Add dishwasher detergent carefully. Adding detergent is risky, since it may alter the fabric color. Use a small amount of detergent, and avoid lemon detergent and products that contain bleach.
Let air dry. When the washing machine is finished, hang your hats using pant hangers. If it’s a nice day, put them outside to dry!
This is hands down the easiest way to wash hats! No scrubbing…you can save that for the baseball pants!
Our baseball season is finally starting! We’ve had snow and rain and the warm weather is right around the corner. But, for now, there’s still a chill in the air. Early morning practices and evening games can make for some chilly weather conditions.
But us Baseball Moms (and Dads) don’t let a little cold weather deter us from sitting on the sidelines and watching our kids play! We all have our go-tos for keeping warm so we can watch every single game.
Your first line of defense to cold weather is a good winter jacket. I like to pick a jacket this is not bulky but will keep me warm. I also look for a jacket that is windproof and waterproof. Our fields are really windy even on a warm day!
Winter boots aren’t just for the snow! They are perfect to keep your feet and toes warm on a chilly day! These boots are fully lined with a cozy layer of fluffy fleece. These lace up winter boots will keep your feet in style, warm and comfy.
If you don’t want to wear heavy winter boots to the field, keep your feet warm with thick wool socks. Womens winter socks made of warm wool. Soft, comfortable, breathable, wearable, moisture-wicking and odor-fighting.
If your fingers are the first thing to get chilled, hand warmers can make a huge difference in your ability to enjoy the big game. I always keep a few of these in my bag because you just never know when you are going to need them!
Did you know you can get heated gloves? They are truly a game changer! Winter warm electric gloves promote blood circulation, relieve fingers caused by cold of stiffness, keep hands warm and cozy! You can even get a heated scarf.
In cold weather baseball, long sleeves are a must. I have a few of these long-sleeve compression shirts for my boys. They can usually get away with just wearing these under their jerseys. These long sleeve shirts help keep their range of motion and doesn’t add any bulk.
If it’s really cold out, you may want to add compression leggings under their baseball pants. Just like with the long-sleeve shirts, these leggings help keep them work without adding extra weight and bulk to their legs. You don’t want anything to slow down their running!
When your hands get cold, throwing a baseball very difficult and errors happen more often. Keeping a hand warmer in your back pocket allows you to hold it between pitches in order to keep your throwing hand warm. This makes throwing easier, and helps you feel warmer in general.
Have your player keep a pair of gloves in their bag to keep their hands warm when they are in the dugout. When your hands and feet get cold, the rest of your body is sure to follow. If it’s really cold in your neck of the woods, invest in a pair of cold weather batting gloves.
Other things to keep in their bag:
Beanie to keep their head warm while sitting on the bench
When we entered the world of travel baseball, we had to come up with a parenting game plan. Since my husband was coaching, I left the coaching to him (as best as I could). My job as mom was to work on his inner player. To be his cheerleader. Even when he didn’t want it.
Whether they say it or not, our kids want to always have our support. Of course, we all cheer and clap on our players but there’s more to being supportive than cheering.
And when our players need it the most, when they are having difficulties, it can be hard to find the right words.
Tips for Being a Good Baseball Mom (and Dad)
It’s just a game. Hear me out. We all know winning feels good and we want our kids to play their best and win. But it’s not the be all, end all. Getting upset, yelling and screaming about the game, doesn’t change the score on the board. It just stresses your child (and everyone else) more.
Umpires are human beings. Who are also giving up their own time to be with their families. And, yes, they will make mistakes. Keep your comments to yourself and let the coaches handle what is going on out on the field. And, again, you will probably end up embarrassing your child as well.
Don’t feed into the negativity. I know this is hard when everyone around you is complaining or yelling. But don’t feed into it. Try and ignore it as best as you can. It won’t help the situation! Even if you hear another parent talking about your child, keep it to yourself…for now. Address the situation later when the kids aren’t around.
Know when to approach the coach. Depending on the age of your child, you should let your child advocate for themselves to the coach. If we are talking about kids younger than 8 years old, there may be a time and place where you should step in. When approaching the coach, do it in a positive manner. Don’t go in guns blazing. Remember, they really do want the best for each and every player on the team.
Don’t undermine the coach. The coach is there to do a job. Let he (or she) do it! If your coach is telling your child one thing and you are yelling another, they are going to get confused and not know what to do or who to listen to. Sit in your chair or on the bleachers and cheer your kid on!
Stay positive…even when you’re losing. I know it’s hard not to get upset, especially when it’s a tough loss. But your kid knows they lost and they are upset, they don’t need to see mom and dad upset too. This is the time to talk it through with them. Ask them what they think they did well and what they feel they need to work on. Don’t focus on all the errors. Focus on praising them for what they did well with and help them in the areas they need work.
Do not heckle. Can we all remember these are children playing on the field? It takes a lot of guts just to take the pitching mound or stand at the plate. They don’t need to hear a bunch of adults heckling them. It’s bush league and is tacky.
Stay in your seat. Once our boys reach a certain age, parents are asked to stay out of the dugout and off the field. Make sure your child is prepared before the game. If they need you or need something, remind them to talk to their coach first and ask to leave the dugout. And yes, this goes for injuries too! There have been a few times where my son has been hit and I wanted to run out on that field. But I waited. I let the coach get to him first, assess the situation, and then waited to see if he needed more or not. A lot of times, they will get up, walk it off, and be ok!
Being a baseball mom (or dad) is no joke! We all want our kids to do their best and succeed. By remaining calm and positive, you can help build a strong inner player. I know it won’t be easy but the pay off will be worth it!