Sizing Guides

CATCHER’S GEAR:

Chest Protector Sizing:
For chest size, measure from the top of the breastplate or sternum (the bone under the chin) to the waist. This will give you the length required for a proper fit. Match that length in inches to what is given in the product description.

Leg Guard Sizing:
For leg guard size, measure from the center of the kneecap to the bottom of the shin. Match that length to what is given in the product description.

Age Recommendations for Catcher's Gear:
Youth: age 9-12
Intermediate: age 12-15
Adult: age 15+

BATTING GLOVES:

Place a measuring tape at the bottom of your palm and extend to your index finger. Then refer to the resource below.

Men's Batting - Glove Sizing Chart:
Hand size (inches) Glove size
6 3/4" or less X-Small
6 3/4" - 7" Small
7" - 7 1/4" Medium
7 1/4" - 7 3/4" Large
7 3/4 - 8" X-Large

Women's Batting - Gloves Sizing Chart:
Hand size (inches) Glove size
6 1/4" - 6 1/2" X-Small
6 1/2" - 6 3/4" Small
6 3/4" - 7" Medium
7 1/4" - 7 1/2" Large
7 1/2" - 7 3/4" X-Large

Youth Batting - Gloves Sizing Chart:
Hand size (inches) Glove size
6" - 6 1/4" Small
6 1/4" - 6 1/2" Medium
6 1/2" - 6 3/4 " Large
6 3/4" - 7" X-Large

MOUTHGUARD FITTING INSTRUCTIONS:

When fitting your mouthguard, it is important to use the correct water temperature to soften the mouthguard. The water should be approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit-equivalent to the temperature of water used for coffee or hot tea. Submerge the mouthguard for no more than 40-50 seconds. Do not chew or trim your mouthguard. Not for use with braces. The mouthguard is designed to be worn on the upper teeth and must be fitted properly to protect, fit and last. If not worn properly, its protection and flavor will be reduced.

A. Pot of hot water
B. Bowl of ice water
C. Glass of room-temperature water
D. Mirror
E. A watch with seconds display

Read all instructions before proceeding:
1. Fill a bowl with 3-4 inches of ice water. Fill a glass with 3-4 inches of room temperature water.
2. Fill a pot with 5 inches of water and heat to approximately 180 degrees (equivalent to water used for hot tea or coffee). Remove water from heat source.
3. Attach the tether strap to mouthguard.
4. Submerge mouthguard into hot water for no more than 40-50 seconds.
5. Carefully remove mouthguard from hot water and place in glass of room temperature water for 1-2 seconds max.
6. After licking your lips, immediately place the mouthguard in your mouth.
7. Using a mirror, line up the mouthguard with the center of your upper teeth. Ensure proper alignment by using fingers to press the mouthguard up and back toward the roof of your mouth.
8. Close mouth while biting down firmly. Suck in strongly to draw out all air and water in the guard. While biting down, use fingers to continually press against your lips and cheeks for 40 seconds to push the material upward and tight against your teeth and gums. Leave in your mouth for approximately another 40 seconds.
9. Remove mouthguard and place in ice water for 5 minutes to set the material. Replace into mouth and test for a secure fit.
10. Repeat steps 1-9 if fit is not perfect.

UNDERSTANDING BAT TECHNOLOGY:

Bat technology may seem a little confusing but it's not rocket-science. There are three essential elements to a bat: barrel size, bat taper and grip.

Barrel Size:

  • This includes both the length of the barrel--top part of the bat--and its diameter.
  • The longer the barrel, generally, the larger the sweet spot for hitting the ball.
  • The standard softball bat diameter is 2 1/2 inches.
  • Fast pitch softball barrel standard is 2 3/4 inches.
  • Many players prefer a smaller barrel that lightens weight and provides more swing speed.

Bat Taper:

  • This is the diameter of the bat's handle.
  • Standard bats are tapered 31/32 of an inch but can be slightly larger or smaller depending on whether you want a lighter or heavier bat.
  • Some players like a narrower taper for the lighter weight and to rotate their wrists faster when hitting.

Grip:

  • The grip is simply the covering that bat manufacturers use on the handle of aluminum bats.
  • Leather or synthetic leather gives a tackier feel for a surer grip.
  • Rubber grips absorb more of the shock.
  • Some bats come with a cushioned grip to decrease the shock even more.
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