Baseball Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is timed perfectly with the start of baseball season for us! I will admit that in years past, I have struggled with what to put in my boys’ Easter Baskets. It always ended up a hodge podge of things they really didn’t need.

Then I started doing themed baskets, like outdoor activities supplies (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc.). Now that they’re older, instead of loading it up with candy (that they won’t even eat), I’m stocking them up with baseball must-haves!

Easter Basket Ideas for Your Baseball Player

 

Food

  • Slim Jims
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pretzels
  • Big League Chew
  • Gatorade
  • Peanuts
  • Protein Bars

Baseball Gear

  • Sunglasses
  • Batting Gloves
  • Slides
  • Eye Black
  • Baseballs
  • Hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Socks
  • Skills Ball
  • Bat Tape
  • Weighted Balls

Other Fillers

  • Baseball Cards
  • Tickets to a game
  • Baseball Movies (Sandlot)
  • iTunes Gift Card
  • Baseball Magazine
  • Baseball Book
Now that we have the filler ideas, check out some of these fun basket ideas!

Everything You Need to Survive a Baseball Tournament

So your kid has joined a competitive sports team and will be traveling for tournaments and you don’t have a clue as to what to do. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you. We are wrapping up our final tournament of the summer season and there are a few things I learned you need to survive a weekend of back to back games.

 

I am going to warn you. The list is long. And you won’t need every single thing for every single game. But any good sports’ mom will have the following at her disposal. I am breaking the list down by category to help you get started.

 

Everything You Need to Survive a Baseball Tournament

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How to Have Your Injured Player Still Be Part of the Team

Last Spring, in the middle of New Hampshire’s short-lived softball season, an awful thing happened. My daughter broke her arm.

Now, it wasn’t a severe break, or one that required surgery but it was enough to require a cast for 3.5 weeks and ensure that softball season was over for her.

Not to sound harsh but my mind went to “how do we keep her involved”after the initial chaos of the break. I was taught you never quit or leave your team before the season is done. Granted, this was more to the thought of “I don’t like this” but this felt like a good opportunity to teach Paige how to be involved when she couldn’t be on the field.

First thing we did was to contact her coaches. They truly made her still feel like part of the team, even with her cast. After meeting and talking with them, we came up with a game plan.

How to Have Your Injured Player Still Be Part of the Team

Attend practice anyways. This kept her in the loop of hanging out with her teammates. While she couldn’t catch/throw/hit/run, she was there. She could watch the coach demonstrate a technique, carefully pick up balls in the outfield, and provide an extra body when needed.

Be at the games and in uniform. While her bright blue cast clashed with the neon green of her uniform, she was there. She helped coaches with the roster, she’d wear a helmet and round up the balls behind the catcher and high five her teammates on their way out of the dugout. She became the team cheerleader without being a cheerleader.

Talk about it. An injury is hard on you. Sometimes your self-esteem can take a blow when you can’t do what you want to. Be patient and remind your player that this isn’t forever. Promises of batting cages once the cast was off and doctor approval don’t hurt either.

Participate in league activities. Not much goes on for our town as a league besides fundraisers and opening/closing ceremonies but she was involved. She wore her uniform and sold her calendars and she was there to receive her participation trophy and celebrate the end of the season.

As much as it stinks to have a broken arm the day of your birthday and to spend the first part of summer with a cast and strict instructions on “what to do”, it was a lesson on how you’re still important even when not an active member of a team.

The Best Sports Chairs for the Sidelines

Confession. I get major chair envy each season. Every time I think I am happy with my current chair, I see other chairs and I want them all!

One of my top must-haves for the baseball season is a good chair. While our fields have bleachers, they aren’t very comfortable. When you play travel baseball, you never know what will be at the fields. They may have bleachers. They may not. I always have a chair or two in my car for this exact reason.

I am due for a new chair this season and these are the ones that I am currently looking at!

The Best Sports Chairs for the Sidelines

   
Sport-Brella Recliner Chair: 3-Position Recliner W/ Full Coverage UmbrellaSport-Brella Recliner Chair: 3-Position Recliner W/ Full Coverage Umbrella Sport-Brella Recliner Chair

This is the mother of all sports chairs and high up on my list! If you are in it for the long haul, this is the chair for you! The easy to adjust recliner hinges have 3 options, meaning you can sit up, lay back or nap, as you sit and watch the waves. Put your feet up with the detachable footrest and relax with the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair.
Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camp Chair - Royal BlueQuik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camp Chair - Royal Blue Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camp Chair

I am always looking for ways to beat the heat and stay in the shade during a day at the fields! The Quik Shade Chair from QuikChair is the ideal personal and portable sun shelter. The sturdy steel frame is protected by a powder-coat finish, and supports up to 225 lbs. The Quik Shade folding chair sets up and folds down in seconds while the ergonomic shoulder strap makes for unique portability. Easy to transport and simple to store, the QuikChair Instant Chair is a must for lawn games, picnics, tailgating, beach trips and more!
GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair, CinnamonGCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair, Cinnamon

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker

If you are a nervous baseball mom, this rocker is for you! Rock away your stress during the game.

This portable outdoor rocking chair quickly and easily folds flat for storage and transportation. It's sturdy powder-coated steel frame supports up to 250 pounds includes padded arm rests and built-in beverage holder.

 

Flash Furniture Grandstand Comfort Seats by Flash with Ultra-Padded Seat in BlackFlash Furniture Grandstand Comfort Seats by Flash with Ultra-Padded Seat in Black Grandstand Comfort Seats

If your field does have bleachers and you don't want to pack a chair, these Grandstand Comfort Seats will give your back a break!

Compact and portable with a built in carrying handle and sturdy grip, this stadium seat is one of the lightest of its kind. Weighing in at a mere 7.6 pounds, this amazing seat can support up to 500 pounds without even breaking a sweat. With its padded back and a full 3 inches of thick, comfy foam, you’ll be so comfortable you won’t want the game to end.

 

Trademark Innovations 31.5Trademark Innovations 31.5 Loveseat Style Double Camp Chair

If you don't want to lug a ton of chairs with you, get a double chair!

This steel frame double camp chair is the perfect seat for cozying up to the camp fire with that special someone. The easy set up makes it the perfect seating option for your favorite sporting event or camping trip. Comfortably seats two adults.

 

Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair, BlackPicnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair, Black Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair

I love that this chair has a folding arm table so I can keep score easily!

It features a lightweight, portable folding design with a sturdy aluminum frame that has an adjustable shoulder strap for easy transport to your destination. If you prefer not to use the shoulder strap, the chair also has two sturdy webbing handles that come into view when the chair is folded. The extra-wide seat is 19-1/2 inches, and is made of durable 600D polyester with padding for extra comfort, and the armrests padded as well, for optimal relaxation.

 

Timber Ridge Zero Gravity Patio Lounger Chair Oversize XL Padded Adjustable Recliner with Headrest Support 350lbsTimber Ridge Zero Gravity Patio Lounger Chair Oversize XL Padded Adjustable Recliner with Headrest Support 350lbs Timber Ridge Zero Gravity Patio Lounger Chair

Timber Ridge new arrival lounger chair with large seat space for different body shape and also use lightweight polyester material and sturdy steel frame can supports 260 lbs makes it more portable and designed with detachable headrest and cup holder side for the user to adjust with their satisfaction and put any beverage they like. This kind of lounger chair can be used on the garden, yard ,beach and any other outdoor activities.

 

Caravan Sports Suspension Chair, Grey, X-LargeCaravan Sports Suspension Chair, Grey, X-Large Caravan Sports Suspension Chair

The Caravan Sports XL Suspension Chair offers all of the comforts of a deluxe deck chair while offering the portability of a folding chair. The chair folds neatly and is easy to transport to the beach, park, pool, or game.

Sit back and relax as the Caravan Sports Suspension Chair takes comfort to a new level!

The Best Baseball Mom T-Shirts You Can Get on Amazon

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!

2018 Baseball Bat Rules

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:

USABat logo color

 

usabat logo black&white

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.