Practicing at Home: The Best At-Home Baseball Equipment


They say practice makes perfect! Chances are once your child is bit by the baseball bug, they are going to want to play baseball 24/7. Harness that enthusiasm by allowing them to practice at home.

There is probably not a baseball-loving kid who is not up for practicing in the backyard.

Practicing at Home: The Best At-Home Baseball Equipment

PowerNet Baseball and Softball Practice Net 7 x 7 with bow framePowerNet Baseball and Softball Practice Net 7 x 7 with bow frame

Portable Hitting Net

These portable baseball hitting nets can be used anywhere to make your own home batting cage for soft toss and tee work, and are a must for any baseball mom. All of these nets fit into a convenient carry bag and require no tools to set them up.

 

 

 

 

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Tee

Tees aren’t only for little kids! In fact, older players will use the tee to help them with their hitting. These pairs perfectly with the portable hitting net.

 

 

 

 

PowerNet Weighted Hitting and Batting Training Ball (6 pack)PowerNet Weighted Hitting and Batting Training Ball (6 pack)

Weighted Balls

If you are worried about your child breaking a window, these weighted balls are the answer! Your player can use these off the tee or with soft toss.

 

 

 

 

 

SKLZ Target Swing Trainer. Baseball Batting Training Aid for Ages 7+ (52SKLZ Target Swing Trainer. Baseball Batting Training Aid for Ages 7+ (52

Hit Stick

The number one purchase we made for our son was a hit stick. Your child will need someone to hold it, but they can work on their form and aim with the hit stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKLZ PitchBack. Baseball Trainer for Throwing, Pitching, and Fielding.SKLZ PitchBack. Baseball Trainer for Throwing, Pitching, and Fielding.

Pitchback

Train harder with the SKLZ PitchBack, a portable baseball trainer specifically designed for serious players. This is the ideal baseball pitching trainer to simulate ground balls, line drives, or pop flies. It kicks back balls at a variety of angles for throwing, pitching, and fielding practice so you’ll be ready for anything that flies your way.

 

 

 

 

SKLZ Bullet Ball Baseball Speed Sensor Accurately Measures Baseball Speed up to 120 mphSKLZ Bullet Ball Baseball Speed Sensor Accurately Measures Baseball Speed up to 120 mph

Bullet Ball Baseball Speed Sensor

Why use a radar gun to measure how fast you throw when you can have a radar baseball that gives you your pitch speed automatically? The Bullet Ball, which is sized just like a standard nine-inch baseball, accurately measures velocities up to 120 miles per hour and adjusts to distances from 46 to 60 feet, six inches. It’s an ideal pitching trainer for any age or skill level and allows pitchers to accurately measure and improve ball speed.

 

 

 

SKLZ Hit-A-Way Portable Baseball Trainer for Players Ages 7+SKLZ Hit-A-Way Portable Baseball Trainer for Players Ages 7+

Hit-A-Way Portable Baseball Trainer

Train harder with the SKLZ Hit-A-Way portable baseball trainer for teams or solo players. The sturdy pole and twist-back design helps players improve hand-eye coordination, batting power, and timing so you can perform your best.

 

 

 

 

 

SKLZ Ground Ball Trainer - Solo Baseball Fielding Trainer for youth baseball training anywhereSKLZ Ground Ball Trainer – Solo Baseball Fielding Trainer for youth baseball training anywhere

Ground Ball Trainer

Any player can get great fielding training with the Ground Ball Trainer. Simply attach the velcro strap to the glove – either light or left hand – and throw the regulation size and weight ball. The tension cord pulls the ball back for excellent solo ground ball training.

Organizing The Dugout

One of the things that drives me batty (see what I did there) is a messy dugout. Equipment thrown everywhere is not only a hazard but also shows that the players don’t respect their equipment. When they are younger, they need a little help with keeping things organized. But if you start them young, it will become second nature.

There are a few ways you can go about organizing the dugout: DIY or buy it already done. Below are our favorite ways to organize the dugout.

Organizing The Dugout: Do-It-Yourself

Helmet Organizer

This is such an easy way to organizer helmets! Grab some hanging closet organizers and a Sharpie to organize everyone’s helmets.

Baskets

Baskets are probably the easiest way to organize the dugout! Each player gets a basket with their name and they put all of their gear inside!

Buckets

If you need something bigger than a basket, get a bucket! Just make sure you label the buckets with each player’s name.

Organizing The Dugout: Buy It!

If you are like me and don’t have the time to DIY, I turn to Amazon to just buy it!

Easton Team Hanging Helmet BagEaston Team Hanging Helmet Bag

Helmet Organizer

A helmet organizer like this one is probably the number one thing on my dug organization list. Kids tend to just throw their helmets and then spend so much time looking for them at their next at bat.

Mini Pro Locker - Baseball Softball Equipment Bag Organizer - Glove Helmet Bat Glove MittMini Pro Locker – Baseball Softball Equipment Bag Organizer – Glove Helmet Bat Glove Mitt

Mini Dugout Locker

A place for everything and everything in it’s place. This mini dugout locker makes finding gloves, bats, and helmets super easy.

Crawford-Lehigh 36360-6 Ultra Hold Eight-Hook Tool Rack, 36 by 5-InchCrawford-Lehigh 36360-6 Ultra Hold Eight-Hook Tool Rack, 36 by 5-Inch

Bat Organizer

If your dugout doesn’t have a permanent bat holder, this is a must-have! This bat organizer easy to take with you and to put up. After spending all that money on a new bat the last thing you want to see is it thrown on the ground!

Dugout Organizer the DOM - BlackDugout Organizer the DOM – Black

Dugout Organizer

This lightweight equipment organizer is the perfect solution to dugout disarray. Unlike other dugout organizers, the DOM holds more than just the helmet or bat so everything is available at a moment’s notice. Catchers can also hang their equipment on the DOM Dugouts are safe, calm and relaxed Organized gear no more injuries, professional appearance and more fun.

Battyshack Dug-Out OrganizerBattyshack Dug-Out Organizer

Battyshack

Heavy duty plastic construction holds 5 softballs or 6 baseballs and up to 12 bats. Mounted batting order chart made of dry erase material.

The Hook It Up Cup - NEON COLORS - Fence Cup for Baseball, Softball, etc. (NEON PINK)The Hook It Up Cup – NEON COLORS – Fence Cup for Baseball, Softball, etc. (NEON PINK)

Hook It Up

The Ultimate Sports Accessory, Designed for Durability, Streamline your dugout! Reduce Clutter! Hook it up cup fence cup. Great for Baseball, Softball and More! 2 Hooks for the fence and 1 for a hat, helmet, bag, gloves, masks, etc. Cup holder for water bottle or sports drink. Durable and stores inside helmet.

Equipment Needed to Play Youth Baseball: What Parents Can Expect to Spend Money On

Parents do not necessarily need to go all out when it comes to purchasing equipment for youth baseball. However, some of the equipment is an absolute must-have for youths just starting out. This equipment does not have to be extensive or costly, but some of it is necessary for the safety and well-being of the player.

Equipment Needed to Play Youth Baseball: What Parents Can Expect to Spend Money On

EvoShield Chest GuardEvoShield Chest Guard

Chest Protector

One of the most important pieces of protective gear is the chest protector, like the EvoShield. If a player is hit in the chest, the injury could be fatal. Having said that, it is a wise choice for parents to look into what is available as far as chest protectors for players. The cost will most certainly outweigh the danger.

Some of the chest protectors offered are available with back guards as well. This will keep a player safer from heart injuries as well, since a heart injury can also be caused by a blow to a players back. A heart guard is for the player’s best interest and, of course, the peace of mind of the parents as well.

Mizuno GPP1150Y1 Youth Prospect Ball Glove, 11.5-Inch, Right Hand ThrowMizuno Youth Prospect Ball Glove, 11.5-Inch, Right Hand Throw

Baseball Glove

Of course, it will be necessary to purchase a baseball glove; however, it is also necessary to know what type of glove is required.

A first baseman’s glove may be longer and larger than a middle fielder’s glove, since the need to field the ball is necessary. An outfielder will opt to use a glove that is sturdier than most. Of course, a catcher’s mitt has the most padding to get the job done.

 

 

 

Easton YSB18BXHL 28/16 Beast x HL 2 1/4-12 BatsEaston YSB18BXHL 28/16 Beast x HL 2 1/4-12 Bats

Baseball Bat

You will also need a baseball bat, and this will range in price according to the age of the player. A baseball bat is typically based upon the height, weight, and age of the player, and must adhere to the rules and guidelines of the league in which it is used. There are new bat rules starting in 2018. Make sure your bat has the USA Baseball stamp of approval.

 

 

 

 

Neon BLUE Comfy Cup ( Ages 7-11) | The Original Boys Youth-Sized Soft Foam Beginners Kids Protective Cup for Baseball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, MMA, Rugby, Soccer, KarateNeon BLUE Comfy Cup 

Protective Gear

A jock strap and a cup are integral to keeping your son safe and protected while playing baseball. Groin injuries make up a large majority of the injuries seen on the field. Without use of protective gear, those injuries can be excruciatingly painful. It is better to be protected in that area than to worry about the embarrassment of having to wear them. Speak to your youth about these injuries and they will more than likely agree that this is something they wish to avoid at all costs. We love the Comfy Cup because, well, it’s comfy!

 

 

DeMarini Paradox Protege Pro Batting Helmet, Black, YouthDeMarini Paradox Protege Pro Batting Helmet, Black, Youth

A helmet is crucial to your child’s safety and well-being and if your team does not supply enough helmets, then purchasing one on your own is a wise choice indeed. You always want your child’s head protected when he or she is up at bat.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson Youth EZ Gear Catcher's Kit, Small/Medium/ 5-7 Years, BlackWilson Youth EZ Gear Catcher’s Kit, Small/Medium/ 5-7 Years, Black

Of course, if your child is a catcher, there will be more extensive equipment such as facemasks that you will need to purchase. However, these are the basics of baseball equipment that a parent can expect to have to buy.