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?
Simple Modern 40 oz Summit Water BottleUnder Armour 64 Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle, BlackGatorade Thirst Quencher, Fruit Punch and Cool Blue Variety Pack, 12 Ounce (Pack of 24)Gatorade Thirst Quencher Powder, Frost Glacier Freeze, 76.5 OuncePedialyte AdvancedCare+ Electrolyte DrinkPedialyte Electrolyte Powder Assorted Flavors Variety Pack
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.
Segbeauty Hair Spray BottleO2COOL Deluxe Necklace FanMisting FanCooling Towel for Instant Relief – 40[4 Pack] Cooling Towel (40
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:
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Green Peppers
- Baby Carrots
Keep your fruit and veggies cool in a cooler packed with plenty of ice!
Coleman Xtreme Series Portable Cooler, 70 QuartArctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze 30 Can Zipperless Cooler, WhiteFit & Fresh Cool Coolers Slim Reusable Ice Packs for Lunch Boxes, Lunch Bags and Coolers, Set of 4, MulticoloredBentgo Ice Lunch Chillers Ultra-thin Ice Packs (4 Pack – Blue)
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.
- Profuse Sweating
- Pale Skin
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dark-colored urine
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!
Cool-Catcher Face Mask, BlackMission Enduracool Cooling Helmet Liner, Black, One SizeBpbtti Men’s R Neck Sleeveless Muscle Undershirt TankDri-Wick Youth Sport Performance Moisture Wicking Athletic T-Shirt (X-Small, Neon Orange)‘Black Bear Boys\’ Performance Dry-Fit T-Shirts, Light Blue and Navy, Medium / 8-10′
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.
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.
How to Stay Warm on the Baseball Field
For the Parents
Wantdo Women’s Waterproof Mountain Jacket Fleece Windproof Ski Jacket, Black, Medium
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!
Global Win GLOBALWIN Women’s Winter Snow Boots (9 D(M) US Women’s, Black/Camel)
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.
Loritta 5 Pairs Womens Vintage Style Winter Warm Thick Knit Wool Cozy Crew Socks,Free size,Multicolor
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.
HotHands Hand Warmers – Long Lasting Safe Natural Odorless Air Activated Warmers – Up to 10 Hours of Heat – 40 Pair
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!
TOP HEADWEAR Men/Women Polar Fleece Ear Warmer Headband, Heather
Keeping your head and ears warm are a priority, especially on a windy ball field. Soft, warm and cozy. Keep yourself warm by covering your ears. Covering your ears can do a lot of warm up the body.
Spypoint Heated Seat Cushion Black Recharable
Metal bleachers can get really cold….really cold! This portable heated seat will take the chill out! You can also use this when siting in your favorite chair.
AmazonBasics Reversible Fleece Blanket – Throw, Grey/Cream
I always keep a blanket or two in the car! You can use a blanket to keep your legs warm or put it down on the bleachers!
Under the Weather XL Pod, Navy, One Size
This Under the Weather Pod is on my Baseball Mom wish list! Perfect for moms, dads, sports parents, and friends who want to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the game in comfort.
Battery Powered Heated Gloves for Men and Women, Waterproof Insulated Electric Heating Gloves for Winter Outdoor Camping Hiking Hunting (Large)
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.
For the Players
Under Armour Boys’ ColdGear Armour Crew, Black/Steel, Youth Medium
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.
Under Armour Boys’ ColdGear Armour Leggings, True Gray Heather/Reflective, Youth X-Small
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!
HotHands Hand Warmers – Long Lasting Safe Natural Odorless Air Activated Warmers – Up to 10 Hours of Heat – 40 Pair
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.
N’Ice Caps Boys Cold Weather Waterproof Digital Camo Print Ski Gloves (13-15 Years, Digital Camo)
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
- Jacket to put on in between innings
There are so many great baseball mom t-shirts on the market. And my favorites can be found on Amazon. With Amazon Prime, I can find the perfect t-shirt for an upcoming weekend of baseball and get my shirts in two days.
There are hundreds and hundreds on Amazon but I am sharing my favorites with you! These are my go-to shirts to wear during baseball season, and, well ok, all year round! Just because my boys aren’t playing doesn’t mean I’m not a baseball mom 365 days a year.
The Best Baseball Mom T-Shirts You Can Get on Amazon
#Baseball Mom Life – #LivingtheDream as a #BaseballMom
Baseball Love Shirt – This is a must-have t-shirt! Every baseball mom needs this one.
Hey Batter, Batter – This 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt is perfect for Fall Ball!
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend – Yes they are!
Baseball and Bats American Flag Tank – Every baseball mom needs a good tank for those hot days at the fields!
Summer Nights and Ball Park Lights – This is my all-time favorite baseball mom shirt! You can easily wear this all year round.
But First Baseball – This is seriously the baseball moms motto!
Maternity Baby Bump Tee – If you are expecting another ball player, this maternity shirt is for you!
Swing for the Fences – This scoop neck sleeveless tank looks great layered or worn alone and are softly shaped to flatter a woman’s curves.
“I’m A Baseball Mom I Dont Keep Calm” – It’s so hard to keep calm when you are baseball mom!
Love my Baseball Player – Show off how much you love your ball player!
It’s a Sliding Into Home Kinda Day – Another great shirt that you can wear all year long.
Sorry I Can’t My Son Has Baseball – We’ve all been there!
Baseball All Day – This shirt is perfect for a tournament.
While these shirts are great, make sure you remember to support your team and league and grab a shirt from them too!
As we all head to the local sporting goods store to stock up on our baseball gear, don’t forget that there are new bat rules for this year! Remember, you can’t use last year’s bat unless it has the USA Baseball log on it so double check your bats before using them.
If your child plays in any of the following leagues, as of January 1st, 2018 they must be using a bat that falls under the new USA baseball bat standard (USABat).
- American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
- Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball
- Dixie Youth Baseball
- Little League Baseball
- Pony Baseball
So why the change in the bat rules?
In order to maintain the integrity of youth baseball, the USABat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth bats while allowing younger players to use light-weight bats that could not be achieved with wood bats.
Ready to pick the right bat for your ball player?
When looking for your new bat, the number one thing you need to look for is the USA Baseball logo. It will look like one of these:
The new rules state that the leagues listed above will allow new USAbat approved bats in both 2 1/4″ and 2 5/8″ for ages 14 and under (not including Tee-ball). The new standard “will not have a drop weight limit so young players can use bats made with light weight materials.”
Tee ball bats (lengths 26″ and shorter) are not affected by this new rule. However, participating leagues will require them to have the USA Baseball mark on them. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program.
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations. A full list of certified bats can be found here.
Wood bats are still ok, too! Solid, one piece wood bats are approved for use under USABat with or without the USA Baseball Certification Mark. Multi-piece and composite wood bats must feature the USA Baseball Certification Mark to be approved for play.
For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.