At each level of Little League, there are various pieces of equipment required for the safety of our players.
The league supplies each coach with a set of batting helmets, a set of catcher's gear, a few bats and a few balls as well as a binder containing player information, league rules, guardian information, and other information to help manage the team. This equipment is returned to the league at the end of the season.
While the league does supply a minimum set of equipment for coaches to manage their teams, coaches often supply additional equipment such as lightweight practice balls, buckets, and other things to make practices and warm-ups function more efficiently. This is not required by the league. It is strictly voluntary.
Parents are expected to provide some basic equipment for their player at various league levels.
T-ball & Jr. Minors
Players are expected to provide a suitable size baseball/softball mitt. The softball t-ball and jr. minors leagues use an 11" softball. Each player is expected to wear their league provided uniform to each game. At the Jr. Minors level, some players wear rubber cleats, but it is not required.
Players are expected to provide a suitable size baseball/softball mitt. The softball minors league uses an 11" softball. Each player is expected to wear their league provided uniform to each game and players will need rubber cleats. For softball players, a face mask is highly recommended. Girls tend to shy away from catching the ball because they're afraid of getting hit by the ball. The facemask will give them some confidence and protection. Likewise, the boys will need a protective cup. Protective sliding gear is also recommended.
Majors & Beyond
Players are expected to provide a suitable size baseball/softball mitt. The softball majors league uses a 12" softball. If your daughter is transitioning from the minors league into the majors league, you may need to upgrade her mitt. The "kiddy" gloves might work for an 11" softball, but are too small to properly encapsulate a 12" softball. Protective sliding gear is also recommended.
Each player is expected to wear their league provided uniform to each game. For softball players, a face mask is highly recommended. Girls tend to shy away from catching the ball because they're afraid of getting hit by the ball. The facemask will give them some confidence and protection. Likewise, the boys will need a protective cup.
At these levels, most players have purchased their own batting helmet, cleats, bats, gloves, sliding pants, balls and bat bag to carry their equipment. Many players at these levels are taking private lessons in agility training, hitting, and pitching. Private lessons are not required by the RLL.
**Any equipment that you purchase at these league levels should be Little League approved for the division of play.** In tournament play, the umpires will do equipment checks and any equipment that is not Little League approved or that does not measure up, will be disqualified for use during play. Example: If your player uses an old black glove that is worn such that the tips look white, the umpires could disallow its use because it could cause confusion with the white color of the ball. No kidding, that is an actual happened.
Players should bring an ample supply of water or sports drink to each game to maintain proper hydration levels. On hot summer days, hydration is critical.
Bat & Glove Information
Bat Compliance & Sizing
Before you shop for a new bat for your player, please remember to consult the approved bat list for Little League as there have been some changes for this season. Here are some helpful links.
Visit USA bat for a list of approved bats.
Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball® rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
Important Note: These changes only affect baseball divisions and don’t affect any divisions of softball.
Dick's Sporting Goods Sizing Guide
Baseball Corner Sizing Guide
Softball Bat Notice
Little League Baseball, Incorporated has been informed that Louisville Slugger is recalling the entire current line of the oneX fastpitch softball bat (all lengths and weights) from the market. Model numbers affected by this recall are FP136, FP1369 and FP1368.
Effectively immediately and until notified otherwise, these bats are no longer approved for play in at any level Little League Softball program. It should be noted that both the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have taken similar action at the request of Louisville Slugger. For more information, please visithttp://www.slugger.com/fastpitch/oneX_faqs.html