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2015 Holiday Gift Giving for Little League® Moms and Dads

Volume 3 | Issue 11 | December 2015 | Archive
2015 Holiday Gift Giving for Little League® Moms and Dads
Outside of Little League® season, the holiday season is usually the most exciting and busiest time for Little League parents.

Whether it’s a new bat or glove, protective gear, or Little League-themed stocking stuffers, here’s what to look for when you’re making your list, and checking it twice.

Bats

If a new bat is on your baseball player’s wish list, visit the Little League approved bat list and check out other bat-related information. Be sure to inspect your child’s current bat, and see if it is still usable. Look at the grip tape and knob of the bat, along with the cap on the barrel to make sure each end is not frayed, chipped, torn, or cracked. If the bat is still in good condition, consider using it as a practice bat or donating it to your local league. Be aware that beginning in 2018, Little League, along with all other youth baseball organizations, will begin using a new standard set by USA Baseball, and the 1.15 Bat Performance Factor will no longer be the standard for Little League approved bats. Bats with the new USA Baseball Standard won’t be commercially available until late 2017, for use in 2018.

This applies only to baseball bats. When buying a softball bat, please make sure that it follows the specifications from the Little League Softball® rulebook, found here.

Gloves


A fielding glove is always a good gift, but care must be given to the hand size of your Little Leaguer®, their position(s), and division. The first glove for your Tee Ball player is commonly basic where one size usually fits all. Still, be sure to check the label or printing on the fingers of the glove. A typical fielding glove is measured in inches. For Little Leaguers league-age nine or older, the common starting size is 11 to 12 inches for an infield or outfield glove. A catcher’s mitt or first-baseman’s glove are also nice gifts for Major Division-age players and older, but again be sure the glove fits comfortably on their hand.

Protective Gear


Batting helmets are one of the most essential items for any baseball and softball player, and there are plenty of stylish choices available today. Whether you get a batting helmet with a metal or plastic facemask, or a cage that covers the entire face, look on the helmet’s earflap or on the back of the helmet to make sure that it is approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). That stamp on the helmet is necessary for it be used in a Little League game. The NOCSAE stamp is also required in catcher’s helmets. Remember, no stickers are allowed on batting helmets unless they are applied by the helmet’s manufacturer.

For the Little Leaguers expecting to play Major Division baseball or softball this season, and are looking to go behind the plate, then new catcher’s gear is a possibility this Christmas. The hockey-style masks are popular, but the conventional full-coverage helmets are equally good. Both need to be NOCSAE approved, and be equipped with dangling throat guards, which makes a great stocking stuffer for you. Be aware that Little League does not allow skull caps. This type of helmet has a mask that is not connected to the helmet and does not fully cover the back and side of the head. The chest protector and shin guards can round out the ensemble. Proper fit is key, so for this gift you need to be aware of the size of your player, so that the size you get will protect effectively. The chest protector can be either long (to protect the groin area), or short, just covering the torso.

Little League Gear

There are plenty of other wonderful gift ideas available for every Little League player, parent, volunteer, or fan through Little League's online store. Here are 14 of our favorite things:


Whether you’re celebrating with your family, your friends, or your team this holiday season, warmest wishes from Little League!
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The Parent Connection - December 2015 - Archive