An Ultimate Guide To Choosing Top Soccer (Football) Gear

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Football (Soccer) is a wonderful sport: exciting, passionate and an inspiration for millions around the world. As a supporter or as a player, football offers so much to the participant.

Entire communities and cultures revolve around what is considered the most popular sport on the planet and we now live in an age where football is an accessible sport across the world. You can watch or play football anywhere.

Your Guide

Alex Waite   Alex Waite

Some of my fondest memories are about supporting or playing football and I have found it to be both a source of joy and of frustration on many occasions. I have a clear mental image of some of my first football equipment.

My first pair of Nike Tempo astro turf boots which I used to kick a sponge ball around the school playground, my first pair of shin pads, goalkeeper gloves and my first training kit.

All remembered because of my absolute passion to play the game as a child growing up in London.

However, things that revolved around football used to be a lot simpler even ten or so years ago.

This is because the internet, growth of Sky Sports and the accessibility of the game means there is now so much more choice which is readily available to us as football consumers.

It can be daunting in the modern market to find the correct footwear, clothing or shirts as there is so much variety and so many outlets competing. Now, the highest quality branding and equipment is readily available at the click of a button.

There is no doubt that football is enjoyed most when you have the right equipment and products to keep you comfortable so you can focus on playing and enjoying the game.

There are a few recommendations which can help to make getting into football and selecting your equipment more of an easy process.

After you get started, your interest will grow and before you know it, the beautiful game will be consuming what you buy, read and watch (in a good way!)

If you are considering playing football, but are unsure of what essentials you will need, or how to wear or put on certain equipment, this short YouTube video gives you a quick overview of what you will need before you jump into the amazing world of football (or soccer).

How to Choose The Best Football(Soccer) Boots

Football boots are no modern invention. The first documented pair of boots were found in Henry VIII’s Great Wardrobe as far back as 1526.

It’s unlikely the famous former king of England had a pair of Nike Vapours or Adidas Predators in his wardrobe though, because the football boot has evolved over time to suit the modern player.

The lengths and materials of studs have changed and designs of the boot are altered and tweaked continuously by top brands to ensure comfort and to support the player’s technique in the modern game.

But the latest modifications made to boots are usually made for the elite players and the newest boots to be released will regularly be offered to professional players before they are even on the market for anyone else to wear.

So try not to be too jealous of Ronaldo’s or Messi’s new boots as they probably aren’t even available to the public yet.

For anyone involved in the game of football, whether it be coaches, players, managers, or even sometimes spectators, depending on where you are watching a match, a good pair of football boots is an essential piece of kit at all levels of the game.

What To Look For

​ Players place the importance of football boots almost on an invisible scale. At one end, you have the purists, who feel the boot is a humble piece of footwear which is designed to be practical and its job is to withstand the wear and tear of kicking, tackling and running.

For these players, the boot doesn’t have to look good but simply does what it’s designed for.

On the other end of the scale, there are the more aesthetically inclined footballers who believe the boot is as much about look and style as it is about practicality.

These players will tell you that the type of boot a player wears is reflective of the type of player they are on the pitch, for instance, if you’re a player with loads of tricks, then you will wear a bright, colourful, probably bespoke, pair of boots.

Indeed, once you start buying boots, you may end up like boot collector, Jay Mike, and other football boot enthusiasts where style is everything.

While it is nice to have a good-looking pair of boots, their sole aim is to provide support for your feet while playing and to keep you comfortable on the playing surface.

There are so many different types of boots out there on sale and the price range varies massively.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred boots, you may be tempted to personalise them or to choose a pair in your favourite colour, you could have laces on the side of the boot, a longer tongue, hi-top designs with an ankle support – the possibilities and variations are endless.

The type of boot you choose will depend on your playing experience. If you are more experience, then you have probably found a brand that suits you best.

But, if you are just starting out, going to a shop and trying on a pair of boots is hugely important and comfort is your main priority (you can always add nice designs and modifications once you’ve committed).

It may sound obvious too, but ensure you get boots in the correct size. If you are unsure of your foot size (this varies in each country) there are plenty of guides online or in local footwear shops to help.

As a general rule – If you are uncomfortable in your boots then you are likely to have rashes, blisters or, even worse, play badly, as a consequence.

Recommendation For You – Puma King Top FG

These traditional black and white boots are well known for their sentiment – some of the world’s greatest players have worn them, Johan Cruyff, Pele and Maradona were all Puma King wearers.

These elite players gave the humble black and white boots iconic status among sentimental fans and, although they are rarely worn by modern professionals, most amateur players will agree that these boots are timeless in appeal and comfort.

But the appeal is not just from their history of among the footballing greats, they are simple, incredibly comfortable and a long-lasting pair of boots.

I had a pair for almost three years before they became torn, they were able to withstand muddy, waterlogged pitches, bad tackles and wayward shots. These boots aren’t flashy, just simple and effective for your first pair and a very low risk choice taking comfort over style.

They are affordable too, so you will be getting a great pair of boots without paying over the odds.

Puma King Top FG

Puma King Top FG

How To Choose The Best Football(Soocer) Books/Biographies 

​​Sometimes, you might find that you have a burning desire to learn more about the wonderful game of football, whether it is to brush up on superstars of the game, like Messi, Ronaldo, Maradona or Pele, or to learn more about the tactical side of the game, you could even consider reading up on training routines and drills.

There’s something for everyone and journalists coaches, ex-players, managers and agents love releasing the latest story or insight so the options never run out and new ideas are being released and printed all the time.

At first, picking an interesting football book may seem a bit overwhelming as there are quite literally millions of footballing books and stories to choose from. I still spend hours gazing hopelessly at the racks of football books in my local library just hoping to find the next eye-opening book.

It has taken me a while to narrow down my footballing interests but when you get the choice right, you will be satisfied and feel more enlightened about the game than ever before. Equally, don’t be put off if you choose a book and don’t enjoy it at first. Remember, there are plenty of titles to choose from.

What To Look For

Luckily, the football book market is constantly growing as regular fans are becoming more educated and informed about the workings of the game thanks to mass broadcasting and analysis on television and the radio over the past half century.

Although a lot of the TV and radio content is based around analysis of the game, with pundits offering their expertise on the latest talking point, the book content for football varies massively. There are books offering depth analyses of the professional game or even individual teams.

The heroics and despair of amateur football has been documented more than ever over the last 10 to 20 years and now even regular fans are writing books about their experiences as people want to read about the nostalgia of following a team religiously.

How you make your choice of book will often depend on what you value by watching football. Do you prefer trying to understand how Pep Guardiola’s team plays football?

Or do you want to know why a young man from England travelled to Micronesia to set up a national football team for the sleepy island of Pohnpei?

The scale of choice is as different as the two examples above (they are both based on real books coincidentally.)

This variety of book does make it harder to choose, but you can get good recommendations and reviews from magazines like 442 and When Saturday Comes if you want to read an overview of the most up to date titles.

Listening to football podcasts or radio shows also reveal new and interesting titles you might be interested in as journalist and experts quite often refer to new books in their analysis.

But be mindful of some of the older books too as I have found some of them to be just as informative as the latest releases.

Over time, based on how much you read about football, you will begin to ignore the works by particular authors you don’t enjoy reading, but you’ll become more aware over time about the authors work which you do enjoy.

It generally depends on preference of style and content, but once you find the books you love, you will find your choices educational and enlightening, leaving you with a passion to read more about the beautiful game.

I used to believe the best way to select the best title was to pick around 5 books which engaged me, but often found I didn’t end up reading a single one of the books I chose.

So, I now pick one book which engages me the most based on what I read from the blurb and opening pages and this is the book I stick with until the end.

To date, I have read every book where I’ve just picked one as it narrows down the choice and enjoyed them all.

Taking this bit of extra time to decide is critical but I aim to read one football book a month so it always worth the time.

Recommendation For You – The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally

There are a number of great, modern footballing books which focus on analysis out there, but to gain a greater insight into the statistics and tactics behind modern football The Numbers Game is a great place to start.

You do not need to be an expert to understand David Salley and Chris Anderson’s number crunching and tactical analysis behind manager’s team’s successes in modern football but it will make you see and appreciate modern football in a new light.

Salley and Anderson unpick big questions about why goals are so valuable in the professional game, why corners are practically useless and why buying a star striker is so invaluable to any club.

Their style of writing has an academic feel at times, but this is balanced out with interesting anecdotes about top managers and how their philosophies impact the top level of the game, particularly in the European leagues.

If you’ve ever watched a professional game of football and you want to know more, this book is your ultimate guide to understanding the professional game.

I certainly see the game in a more analytical sense after reading this very informative yet engaging football analysis and no longer take a simple match of football at face value.

Guardian journalist, Sean ingle, added further recommendation for this renowned football book in his article when the book was released.

The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally

How To Choose The Best Football 

(Soccer Ball) 

The importance of the spherical object that is the football can often be underestimated.

When coaching and playing, I have seen players completely lack any respect for this piece of equipment by sitting on footballs, standing on them attempting to do tricks and booting them over fences (albeit sometimes accidentally).

What would the world be without the football itself? The game would not be able to exist without it.

Footballs have evolved over the years from the barbaric use of inflated pigs’ bladders in medieval times to aerodynamic missiles used in the 2010 World Cup, designed to swerve in flight to deceive goalkeepers and opponents.

The majority of footballs made in the past 10 to 15 years will most likely behave strangely when you hit a shot with all of the power you have, or if you kick them as hard as you can.

But they are also designed now in a way which supports the player in the modern game.

Thankfully, this means that footballs can no longer freeze in winter and that you don’t have to stitch them up like our footballing forefathers used to in the earlier forms of the game. Footballs now are a lot safer and are made with the players technique in mind.

What To Look For

Choosing a good football is important at any level. If you choose a lower budget ball, then the chances are that it won’t be as durable as a more expensive option.

Cheaper footballs will usually lose their shape quicker and you will start to see bulges coming from the inside core part of the football. The leather exterior will also begin to peal much quicker than if you buy a more expensive football as they are made from cheaper materials.

Cheaper footballs are also more prone to burst or to get punctures if kicked against a hard or sharp object, such as the goalposts.

The main purpose of the ball is obviously so you have an object to play the game with, but modern footballs are now designed to do different things when you pass or shoot.

For example, the match ball used in the top Spanish league (La Liga) has tiny dimples to improve its aerodynamics, this ball also has a specially made sponge material under the leather so it rebounds quicker.

Unsurprisingly, footballs like this are pretty expensive but it could be a good option if you need the ball to move more when shooting or practising long range passing.

Other footballs are designed with extra padding underneath the leather exterior for more accuracy and control and can be a good option for beginners or younger players.

Footballs generally come in three different sizes which are designed for different age ranges so when choosing your football, ensure it is a size five and nothing lower as size 3 and 4 are designed specifically for children aged 14 and below.

New footballs are also released every season, but this doesn’t mean the balls used last year, or even the year before, are worse. More recent footballs simply have tiny modifications each season to keep up with new specifications in professional leagues.

When buying your chosen football, it is important to make sure you buy a pump and a pump adaptor to inflate the ball.

If you buy a football online, there is a high chance that it will come deflated so a pump is an absolute must have.

Recommendation For You – Mitre Ultimatch Max

Mitre footballs have been the staple of the English Football League, semi-professional and amateur leagues for decades.

Most English coaches and teams will have Mitres balls as their match ball, or at least, they will have some to use in their practice sessions.

The reason for this is simple, they are reliable, sturdy and never lose their shape.

At an affordable price, the Ultimatch brand is perfect for a casual game with friends, or to use as your number one match ball on game day.

It is designed to be used on any surface so you can use it in most situations if you train or play indoors or on a 4G or 3G surface.

If you have a higher budget, the Delta range of Mitre balls could provide further options if you require more control and durability if this is something you require.

Mitre Ultimatch Max

Mitre Ultimatch Max

How to Choose The Best Football(Soccer) Movies

Watching a good football movie can provoke inspiration and passion about the game. Many films also have the unique ability to bring up moments of great joy and sadness within a few moments of each other.

Many good football films will be setup and shot in a way which highlights the important moments in footballing history and this so often creates great feelings of nostalgia of the wonderful sport.

There are also films which can shine a light on untold stories or which can transport you to the world of football in another country or continent.

Choosing the right football film or documentary can leave you with a driving desire to play or experience the game first-hand.

Personally, this worked for me as me and my brother would re-watch our video of Italia 90 highlights and re-enact the key moments of the tournament at our local park.

What To Look For

Many football stories are retold through the medium of film or via a documentary series, often providing commentary or insight into the famous league seasons and tournaments so fans are able to relive important moments in footballing folklore.

The theme of a film can also highlight the key moments in a particular player’s career or shed light on their past and follow them through their rise to become the world’s greatest.

If you enjoyed watching the greatest players in the world, or there is a particular team from the past you’ve watched in awe, chances are you will be able to find a film or documentary on them and relieve the drama all over again.

Lots of films will include interviews with ex-players and managers and often provide an insider view into a professional game which is normally exclusive and regularly inaccessible for normal fans.

This is particularly the case for ex-professional players as they are no longer obliged to keep behind closed doors secrets once their playing days are over so can reveal what it was like to play under a certain manager or with particular players.

There are few films which concentrate on tactical analysis of the game as this is completely dominated during live coverage of professional fixtures which are broadcast on television or radio.

There are also many accounts on YouTube and Instagram which showcase tactical setups and talents of particular teams and managers with short punchy, clips while feature length films and documentaries tend to be more focussed on short periods of success or failure for teams or players.

A good starting point if you finding there whole spectrum of football films overwhelming is Four Four Two magazine’s list of top 25 films which was published in September.

Recommendation For You – Diego Maradona

Most people, regardless of whether you are a football fan or not, will know that Diego Maradona was a football wizard and maverick in his prime.

Most people in the world will know who Diego Maradona is. It is a commonly held belief that geniuses are often flawed and this film documents that perfectly for Maradona.

This film is a wonderful insight into a boy’s love for the beautiful game and how it took him from a small town in Argentina to some of the biggest cities in European football: Barcelona and Naples.

Usually, the style of these documentaries just focusses on a short period of a high-profile player, but this documentary succeeds in showcasing Maradona’s life and celebrates his rise to football sensation.

I was left admiring the beauty of this documentary, but also sad at the person Maradona has become after his meteoric rise in football.

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

How to Choose The Best Retro Football(Soccer) Shirts

Football shirts can be a thing of beauty, showcasing eye catching designs and colours. But they can also be a horrific compilation of thrown together shapes and patterns with tones of colour which certainly don’t belong on the same shirt.

Football shirts also provide lots of fans with fond memories of their team’s success and often provide a talking point among supporters of the game. Many will remember David Seaman’s stain glass jersey from Euro 96 or Manchester United’s horrid grey third choice shirt they wore when they won the treble in 1999.

Football shirts are so important for fans of the game, they provide a portal back to a time of their favourite era or transport them back to relive their favourite players.

What To Look For

The decision you make to buy a particular shirt will often depend on what team you support, what country you are from or which era of football you grew up watching or which shirts you remember from old highlights and clips of football.

However, football kits have changed massively since professional football began in the mid-1800s and designs, patterns and styles have evolved and changed over time.

Sometimes, just browsing at football kits can be inspiring and provide an interesting view of what footballers had to wear in the past. Browsing like this can help to find something unique, trendy or outrageous.

If you are interested in the aesthetic side of football, there are a number of historic and famous kits to discover and choose from, some of which will astonish and surprise you.

Choosing a shirt you like will obviously depend on what style and colours you like, but there is something out there that even non-football fans or players will like.

The retro football shirt market is a niche one, but also one you can get caught up in if you are enthusiastic about the history of football.

It can also be an expensive hobby collecting retro football shirts as the older shirts generally were manufactured on a lesser scale than modern shirts so are less available.

Recommendation For You – Classic Football Shirts

After starting to sell classic shirts in 2006, the guys at Classic Football Shirts have gone on to establish themselves as a unique provider of some of the game’s best football shirts over the years.

Their vast range of shirts will help you to find anything you want, or you can enquire for them to track down a shirt if they don’t already have it.

As a huge fan of 90s Italian football kits, I’m always tempted by Classic Football Shirt’s offer of retro shirts, like Fiorentina’s purple stain glass design from the 1994-95 season.

This site also offers national shirts, worn shirts by players as well as printed shirts so you can have your footballing idols to accompany your classic shirt, I have a bespoke Del Piero Juventus1997- 98 season shirt which makes me smile every day and gives me a huge sense of nostalgiaClassic Football Shirts

Classic Football Shirts

How to Choose The Best Indoor Football(Soccer) Shoes

Playing football indoors can be a lot more enjoyable at times, especially if it is the middle of winter and pouring down with rain outside.

There are also a lot less variable when playing indoors, no wind, no blinding sunshine and no waterlogged pitches to slow down passes and shots.

However, as the surfaces are harder, choosing the right clothing for indoor football takes a difference approach than playing outdoors to make sure you can play comfortably on a harder surface.

What To Look For

The surfaces of indoor pitches can vary hugely. Some will be spongey and have more of a carpet feel, while others will be like a gymnasium floor and feel like concrete under foot.

Therefore, when choosing an indoor football shoe to use, it is important that it feels comfortable and supportive.

I have played on indoor surfaces in regular trainers and astro turf boots before and neither were a pleasant experience.

You can’t use regular trainers as they are not designed to control the football so shooting and passing is near impossible, while astro turfs are too heavyweight to use indoors and the small studs can provide an uncomfortable feel on the soles of your feet.

Therefore, picking an appropriate indoor football shoe may cost more, but it will be more enjoyable when playing indoors.

Indoor football shoes are a relatively new creation as more and more indoor football pitches are now available to play on whereas, the game used to solely be played on outdoor pitches.

There are still plenty of options to choose from when buying indoor shoes and they cheaper pairs will generally be very uncomfortable.

Most pairs now are durable enough to last a long time indoors though as they don’t have the wear and tear of mud and rain which can affect outdoor football boots.

Recommendation For You – Nike Mercurial Vapour XII Pro IC

These indoor football shoes cater for both comfort and style. Available in a range of colours and designs, you can choose whether to have a flashy pair of shoes, or you can go more basic with an all-black design, my personal favourite.

These shoes are incredibly lightweight and airy, meaning they are easy to slide on and off. The Mercurial Vapours also feel like your feet are completely unrestricted when running with and controlling the ball.

Playing indoor football can be extremely uncomfortable due to the hard surface which matches are usually played on, but these boots will ensure you can play without any pain and are lightweight enough to help with ball control.

Nike Mercurial Vapour XII Pro IC

Nike Mercurial Vapour XII Pro IC

How to Choose The Best Astro Turf Football(Soccer) Boots

The evolution of the astro turf surface since the 1980s has been a revelation in football, particularly in countries like England where you need an alternative for the wet, cold winters which often leads to matches and training being cancelled due to poor weather.

This went a step further in the late 2000s as 3g and 4g pitches, which are made from artificial and weatherproof grass, have been installed.

There have been arguments about 3g and 4g surfaces replacing grass and this seems to be the case in many lower league and semi-professional league in England.

It is often the case that football boots, particularly with metal studs, can’t be used on these surfaces, so choosing an appropriate footwear is important for physical safety on these surfaces.

What To Look For

Although astro turf is perfect for all weather conditions and ensures your game won’t be cancelled, there are technical disadvantages you can have if you don’t have the specific footwear.

When playing on astro turf, it is impossible to run, jump or control the ball when wearing any form of longer studs on your boots. If you wear studs found on normal football boots on this surface, be prepared to fall over and mis-control the ball a lot!

But it’s not just football boots that can cause problems when playing on this surface. As astro turf is a lot harder under foot, especially older astro turf pitches which are made from a hard-synthetic grass, having a comfortable and sturdy pair of boots is incredibly important to the way you play and to prevent injury.

If you have an uncomfortable, cheap pair of astro boots, you will immediately have problems with your feet and you will put more pressure and strain on your ankle and knee joints which can cause serious injuries in the future.

Although you may want to choose a different style, colour etc, one thing you must ensure is that your boots have plenty of padding, that they are the perfect fit.

If they you find the pair you have aren’t comfortable then change them straight away.

The best way to find the best boot is to try them on in a shop if possible, this way, you can get a much better feel under foot rather than buying from the internet which can cater less for your needs so the purchase is a bit more of a risk.

Recommendation For You – Adidas Mundial

These astro turf boots are designed for comfort, control and have a nice classic feel and look to them.

Playing on astro turf can cause discomfort and I’ve suffered from the slip and slide of a wet surface due to having the wrong astro turfs.

Since I’ve had these, I haven’t switched to another make yet. These astro boots help you to keep your balance when moving in all direction and the cushioned sole provides extra comfort when running, this is extremely noticeable when playing on those cold, wet winter nights.

When ordering online, you can also personalise your boots with your name and squad number for a small extra cost.

Adidas Mundial

Adidas Mundial

How to Choose The Best Ankle Support for Football(Soccer)

Ankle supports are a relatively new addition to many sports after being invented by American inventor Glenn Walter Johnson in 1976.

Recently, ankle supports have become more widely used in both professional and amateur games of football and their support for joints when playing can’t be underestimated.

I used to laugh at older team mates for wearing such equipment when I started playing senior football, an ongoing joke about aging players needing support to play, but as an older player now, I couldn’t play without one and I feel the strains and stress of playing a lot less the next day since I started using an ankle support.

Michah Dorfner wrote a short and useful article for online science publication, Mayo Clinic, on when to start wearing an ankle support. This adivice is extremely useful if you are suffering any discomfort around your ankle.

What To Look For

Ankle supports have been a useful addition for football players of all abilities. In the past, if a player was experiencing pain in their ankle, they would just use a bandage held on with surgical tape which was a temporary solution for ankle support.

Much like boots or trainers for football, the ankle support is all about comfort. When you choose a good support, you won’t even know you are wearing it. Certain, lower cost supports can cause irritation or feel too tight around your lower leg which could cause pain, which is counterproductive.

When choosing your ankle support, ensure it is the right size. You can usually choose ankle supports based on your shoe size so they fit comfortably underneath your football socks and boots.

If you get one too big, it will feel loose underneath your clothes, if you get one which is too small, it will rub against your skin and can cause soreness.

Mainly, you need to make sure the support you chose provides enough stability around your ankle. If you start playing and can feel aches and pains in your ankle, then change your support as soon as possible to prevent injury.

Recommendation For You – Nike Hyper strong Strike

The Hyper strong ankle support design looks quite heavyweight and clunky with lots of padding and straps. But there aren’t many better ankle supports than this one.

If you feel like you need extra support for both your foot and ankle when playing, the Hyper strong protects both side of your feet, ankle and the bottom of your shin and is reinforced with extra ceramic padding for comfort and support.

Nike Hyper strong Strike

Nike Hyper strong Strike

How to Choose The Best Football(Soccer) Shin Pads

The shin pad is a relatively underestimated piece of football kit. You rarely notice them underneath your socks when playing, until you receive a forceful tackle and you thank your stars you had them on!

The shin pad evolved from using pads in cricket, when a Nottinghamshire cricket player decided to use something similar for protection when playing football for Nottingham.

The shin pad is a lot lighter and more dynamic now than the first used pads.

However, I have played with people who have forgotten theirs for a match and used rolled up newspaper to protect their shins. A cheap alternative, but one you can fall back on if you forget your pads one day.

What To Look For

You may opt not to wear shin pads when having a friendly game of football with friends, or when training as the chances of a painful tackle are a lot less, but the shin pad is a key piece of protective kit and can prevent serious injury.

Some players find them uncomfortable to wear under their socks, but if you get a good pair then you will hardly feel them at all.

Most brands of shin pads will be available either with or without an ankle support and you can get shin pads you slide under your sock and simply strap up behind your leg.

This usually comes down to personal preference and you may want extra support for your ankle with the support.

But if you are already wearing an ankle support, it may be uncomfortable to have shin pads that come with an ankle support, which could be quite restrictive to your movements.

Slide on shin pads are easy to take on and off and generally leave your shin and leg more breathable, which is particularly noticeable if you are playing in hot weather conditions.

Be aware that some shin pads may not come with any straps, if this is the case, you will need sock tape to be wrapped tightly underneath and above your shin pads outside the sock to prevent the pads slipping around.

Most shin pads are pretty affordable and all makes are generally long lasting and won’t break for a few years.

You can get some more modern pads which you have to pull over your foot and up over your shin and have extra padding and are extremely durable which are a bit more expensive.

Once you have chosen your shin pad, make sure they are the right fit. This is usually determined by your height and, as a general rule, the pad should cover the space between your ankle and fit about 2 inches below the bottom of your knee.

Recommendation For You – Puma King ES Shin pads

The Puma King ES shin pads come in a range of sizes and colours and you can choose to have slide on shin pads or ones which come with an ankle strap.

Although they feel lightweight, these shin pads are extremely durable and won’t break easily, I’ve had mine for years and years.

These pads are well cushioned and you can’t feel them when you are playing. With some shin pads, the straps start to dig into the back of your leg after you have worn them a few times, but this has never been the case with the ES’s.

I personally chose the slide on pads for ease of release once I have stopped playing or so I can take them off easily if I require treatment for an injury.

The extra ankle strap is useful if you want extra support for your ankles, but takes longer to put on or take off. I go for a colour which matches my socks usually just so it has a nice blended look.

Puma King ES

Puma King ES Shin Pads

How to Choose The Best Football(Soccer) Socks

Football socks are different to normal socks. They used to be designed more or less the same as regular socks you would wear in everyday life, but were just longer and a bit thicker.

Now, football socks are specifically designed for footballers and are made out of different materials and have different designs for specific types of players.

Choosing a good pair of socks will keep your feet clean, dry and well supported and won’t tear easily (something which is hugely important to avoid picking a pair of communal socks from your team’s shared kit!). I made sure my socks were super heavy duty after this!

What To Look For

You can tell when a pair of football socks are of a bad quality straight away. They feel itchy, you have to keep pulling them up and they never quite feet your feet correctly, even though they are in the right size.

All of these things can also contribute to rashes and blisters when playing, if your socks aren’t durable enough, then your boots will rub against your feet and irritate them and you’ll notice this straight away.

Therefore, choosing a pair of socks made from the right material and with the right design will avoid discomfort.

Cotton socks are still quite common and provide a cheaper option, but, while they will keep your feet warm during those cold winter matches, cotton socks will get your feet wet eventually when playing in rainy conditions and your feet will become very sweaty and hot if used in the summer months.

More modern socks, which are readily available, are made out of spandex, polyester, nylon synthetic or a blend of two of these materials.

Using these materials makes socks more breathable for footballers and they also soak up more sweat from your foot and legs, making them more comfortable to wear all year round.

Although slightly more expensive, paying slightly extra for these types of socks will be of benefit for both winter and summer.

All modern sock manufacturers now will also provide two different types of cut for your socks.

A crew cut is a shorter length sock which goes just above the shin pad, the design of this cut is to give a player more freedom of movement when playing and limits restriction, but the crew also leaves a lot of open skin around the knee which can be susceptible to bruises and cuts.

A knee length sock goes just over the knee and some lengths can go above the knee, covering most of the leg. This design gives a player excellent protection and also provides warmth in the winter months.

Recommendation For You – Nike Classic Socks

Nike football socks have always been my go-to when I need a new pair. As yet, I haven’t found a comfier pair of socks to play football in.

The dri-fit fabric of these socks helps to keep them dry in wet weather, but also means they are breathable so your feet and legs don’t get too warm or cold. They are lightweight and very easy to pull on and take off if you need to get changed quickly.

There are cheaper options, but they tend to rip and tear more easily, while the Nike Classic brand is strong and long lasting, they have to be to withstand my sliding tackles on muddy pitches in the winter rain.

These socks are very affordable so I usually buy two or three pairs at a time and alternate when I need to wash them after a match or training.

They are often available up to knee length or with a shorter cut, depending on how much of your leg you need covered. I use the longer in winter and shorter for summer.

Nike Classic Socks

Nike Classic Socks

How to Choose Best The Football(Soccer) Training Equipment

While playing a football match is an unrivalled experience, training and practicing is important in terms of refining your skills and technique for match situations.

Training is generally seen as something where you have to work hard and commit completely to become a better player. In more modern times, however, training routines and knowledge about how to shape players’ decision making and football intelligence have improved.

Players at most levels will now rarely do lap after lap around the pitch before a session, or run for miles and do rigorous fitness exercises.

In my experience, training has become more of a fun experience over the last five or so years as game-based situations are often linked with technical aspects of the game (like passing and shooting) and fitness.

The range of equipment can also make a training session more engaging, but some of the best I have been involved in, either playing or coaching, have avoided complex equipment and just used cones, footballs and bibs.

What To Look For

There are some essentials you will need if holding or taking part in a training session. Cones and bibs are a must if you are training with even a few people.

Cones help to mark boundaries, playing areas and provide obstacles or starting points for players to refer to.

Bibs are used to organise players based on the colour of the bib so this helps when doing drills or routines when different teams are required or when holding a match situation.

Generally, you can use these two items to organise most training drills. But you may opt for more advanced equipment if you have more of a budget.

You can purchase a range of fitness equipment which is tailored to improve player agility and speed. Resistance parachutes can be used when practicing sprints and hurdles can be used to practice jumping for a range of heights.

Quite often, these pieces of training equipment can be used in drills where you practice combining technical passing, shooting, attacking or defending routines with fitness or agility.

You might also consider buying a set of goals if you are practising shooting practice. Lots of venues now offer either 5 a-side or 7 a-side goals at the very least, but if you are training in a public place then a goal could be a useful piece of equipment.

Plastic goals now come in all sizes, are easy to transport and put together quickly. Bear in mind that, the larger the goal, the more people you will need to set up the posts and net.

When choosing your equipment, it’s important you consider how many players you will need to arrange for so you don’t under or over order the amount of your equipment.

But, from experience, having too many cones and bibs is an absolute must as holding training sessions without these items can cause problems.

Recommendation For You – Mitre Football Training Kit

When holding or taking part in training sessions or pre match warm ups, I have mostly used Mitre products.

They have a huge range of equipment on their website to choose from, cone sets, different size goals and free kick obstacles are all available for a fairly reasonable price.

If you are holding training sessions, you can bulk buy a number of essential items, bibs etc, which is really useful if you have a large number of players and you need an organised approach to your session.

They also do a great range of agility fitness equipment such as hurdles, ladders and parachutes which can be useful for warm up activities.

Mitre Football Training Kit

Mitre Football Training Kit

Conclusion

The wonderful world of football is huge, extending beyond a simple match between two teams on a pitch.

Football has many different areas and there is something for everyone to enjoy and explore, whether it is trying to play more competitive football, or reading up about the sports greats, there is so much to choose from.

The footballing market can be difficult to understand at times, but one key piece of information I only learnt a few years ago is that simplicity is key.

You can spend hours, or even years, wrapped up in choosing your favourite boots, socks, equipment or book on football but keeping things simple help to enjoy the game more.

The more you experience, play and explore the game of football, the easier you will find it to narrow down your choices. Don’t be put off by the endless choice of equipment available and you learn a lot by trial and error.

If you try something and you aren’t enjoying it, then it’s best to try something else. The main thing is that your clothes, equipment and other football related items help to add to your enjoyment of the game and that they don’t cause stress or annoyance.

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Best Tennis Shoes For You In 2022

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Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

There are hundreds if not thousands of types of tennis shoes out there, which is why I wanted to create a list of the best ones for multiple categories.

I want to save you all TIME AND EFFORT in searching for the right tennis shoes to suit your needs, and for many of these categories, I have first-hand experience.

Please know that the recommendations you see in this article have come from either my own personal experiences…

.. information shared with me by trusted sources, and through detailed research of my own.

If you look at sports shoes in the most general sense, tennis shoes are the Most Diverse and Adaptable of them all.

You can use these shoes if you are grinding things out on a TENNIS COURT ALL DAY, but you can also use tennis shoes for many other reasons.

You can use these shoes for working out, walking/hiking, for your job, and for tons of other reasons.

While that is fantastic, I should remind you all that not all tennis shoes have been CREATED EQUAL.

I’ve covered many categories that are specifically related to tennis practice and competition, but I really hoped to reach a broader audience through this piece.

Some of you may, unfortunately, need to choose tennis shoes due to ailments such as bunions or flat feet, and some of you may need to select a pair based on the shape of your feet.

I’ve tried to cover as much as possible here and I’ve provided my best recommendations for every single category.

I sincerely hope you find value in the articles and that it helps you to make the most suitable decision concerning your tennis shoes purchases.

Here are my best recommendations for each category:

Men’s Tennis Shoe

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Tennis Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

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Tennis Shoes for Nurses

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Best Tennis Shoes For Male Nurses

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Tennis Shoes for Walking

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Best Men’s Tennis Shoes For Walking

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Tennis Shoes for Flat Feet

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Tennis Shoes for Standing All Day

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Tennis Shoes for High Arches

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Tennis Shoes for Wide Feet

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Tennis Shoes for Bunions

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Hard Court Tennis Shoes

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Tennis Shoes for Ankle Support

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Toddler Tennis Shoes

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Tennis Shoes for Heel Pain

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Tennis Shoes for Working Out

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Best Men’s Tennis Shoes For Working Out

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Tennis Shoes for Kids

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Tennis Shoes for Knee Pain

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Tennis Shoes for Back Pain

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I really would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading the articles.

I know first-hand how tough it can be to find a reliable source of information online when it comes to choosing the right tennis/sports equipment, ESPECIALLY FOR TENNIS SHOES.

In 2022, it has become harder and harder to filter through and distinguish between credible information and biased information, which is designed purely to encourage you to make a purchase.

I always strive to bring information to you that is BOTH RELEVENT and HELPFUL, as I know how frustrating it can be to make the wrong purchase following misleading information online.

While I’ve clearly made my own set of recommendations here, I would still encourage you to conduct your own research and analysis where you feel it is necessary.

The last thing I would want is for you to spend your hard-earned money on a set of tennis shoes that just doesn’t feel right for you.

As much as I would love for my recommendations to be a one-size-fits-all solution for tennis players and non-tennis players alike, it is, unfortunately, NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.

If you have found value in this article, however, and maybe even purchased one of my recommended products, I would love for you to share your experience in the comments below.

If we all help and guide one another with all of our tennis-related purchasing decisions, I am sure that we won’t GO FAR WRONG.

Thank you again for reading this article, and I wish you the best of luck in finding your perfect pair of tennis shoes before too long.

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Our Top Recommended Baseball Books Reviews For 2022

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Baseball is a popular topic to write about. There have been many great stories told and written over the years. As the days pass, more and more are being written every day.

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Andrew Buller-Russ   Andrew Buller-Russ

From books written 100 years ago to books written yesterday, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found from reading a book.

Sometimes you can read a book multiple times and STILL LEARN SOMETHING that you didn’t fully understand or comprehend the first time around.

Not to mention that reading is Very Relaxing.

All in all, reading a great book is a great way to pass the time.

Some books are informational and some are EMOTIONAL.

Whichever style of book you prefer; there is a baseball book for you.

Some books can be great because they help teach us things about ourselves that we did not know before.

While others may teach us a new method that we can approach the game we love with.

Or maybe it is just a great story that you cannot put down.

I know I have found many great baseball books over the years and I am CONSTANTLY FINDING MORE.

But I also know there are many that I have yet to discover.

There is just not enough time in the day to get to them all!

You may be thinking, I already love to read, are you telling me I can spend time reading and learning about baseball too?

That’s right you can!

So what are some of the best baseball books in book stores today?

Best Baseball Books of All Time

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Best Baseball Fiction Books

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Best Baseball History Books

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Best Selling Baseball Books

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Best Baseball Coaching Books

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Best Baseball Books for Kids

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Best Baseball Hitting Books

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Best Baseball Strategy Books

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I hope that this best baseball books guide has helped you learn and find some books that you may not have been aware of before.

There are thousands of great baseball books on the market today.

I know that I did not cover all of them, but the ones listed definitely contain A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE and FUN READING MATERIAL to browse through.

Let me know down below if there is a baseball book that you have recently discovered or maybe just one that you have found really helpful or maybe just enjoy reading.

Which is your favorite baseball book?

Let me know in the comments.

What are you waiting for?

Get out there and dive into your next baseball book.

I can’t wait to hear back from so many of you to find out which other baseball books are out there.

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Ultimate Guide To Choosing A Best Baseball Bat Reviews For 2022

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Baseball is one of the oldest sports around. Throughout the lifetime of baseball, players have found many different items to play with that imitate the real licensed products normally used. However, if you want the best, most realistic results, it is advised that players play with the proper equipment.

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Andrew Buller-Russ   Andrew Buller-Russ

Luckily for all baseball fans and players out there, the game of baseball sees many great new innovations and improvements each year.

This advanced thinking and technology extends to the innovative baseball equipment being manufactured for the next generation of baseball players to enjoy.

With baseball bats seeing improvements and getting more technologically advanced each year, keeping up with the pace can be tough.

I hope to clear up some confusion as well as point out some new innovations as you read this article. I’m sure you will find many helpful nuggets of information littered throughout the text.

My goal is to better inform those interested in baseball and the products available for you.

If you are looking to get into playing baseball of course you will need to find a nice baseball bat to play with. There are many different ways to go about finding your preferred bat.

Interested buyers can go online or to your local sports shop in hopes of finding the right baseball bat for you.

Getting the chance to feel the size and weight of the bat in your hand as you stand in the batting box is important.

Also getting an idea for how the bat feels when swinging is imperative. You want to make sure you feel comfortable when holding and swinging your baseball bat.

With all that being said, there are many different sizes of bats. For best results, refer to a bat sizing chart to help you find the ideal dimensions for your size.

Use the sizing chart as a general guideline, some players prefer to use a different bat than recommended.

The most important factors when considering which bat to buy and use are the comfort and feel of the baseball bat in your hands.

You will be swinging this bat hundreds to thousands of times. It is imperative that players can swing the bat with the same form each time without the bat throwing them off their balance.

There are many different types of baseball bats being manufactured today. Bats today are made of anything from aluminum, metal and various species of wood. Your baseball bat composition will depend largely upon your age and experience.

Younger, beginner baseball players may use a metal or aluminum bat to help drive the ball further.

While more established players may prefer the old-school sound of the crack of the bat that a wooden baseball bat provides.

Refer to the rules and regulations of your baseball game to determine if a specific bat type is needed.

So you may be wondering, what type of baseball bat should I be looking for?

Well I hope to provide further clarification as you read on. Continue reading to discover what type of baseball bat is right for you.

How to Choose The Best USA Baseball Bat

When it comes to shopping for the best USA baseball bat, there are thousands of options out there. It can be tough to quickly narrow down your realistic options.

Hopefully by the end of this section you will have a much better idea on what to look for when shopping for the best USA baseball bat.

What To Look For

When I am shopping for a USA baseball bat, first and foremost, I want something that is going to be of decent quality while offering a good value when purchasing the bat.

Not something too expensive that may be impractical, but also not something so bad that may deter you from wanting to play baseball in the future. At the end of the day, baseball should be an activity that brings a lot of joy and fun.

Shopping for a USA baseball bat can be tricky, like I said there are so many options, it can be tough to narrowly define what you are after.

Of course like I previously mentioned, bat size is important, refer to a bat sizing chart to get started. Once your ideal size has been determined, finding the right bat is a lot easier.

Now that you can look for a specific size of baseball bat, your options become more limited than before. If you are planning on using your bat for a baseball league, refer to your league’s rules and regulations to determine which bats are deemed legal to use.

Leagues usually will have either a wood or metal bat requirement that players are required to follow.

Once you have your bat size and bat composition determined, the options become even more narrow and defined. Luckily, there will still be many bats for you to select from.

If possible, I always recommend holding the baseball bat in your hand to determine if the fit is right before purchasing.

Some leagues require their athletes to use a baseball bat that is made in the USA.

Always refer your league rule guidelines before purchasing equipment. Not all leagues have the same rules and regulations.

Recommendation For You – AP5 PRO MODEL

With all that being said, if I were to recommend a made in USA baseball bat I would have to recommend the Marucci AP5 Pro.

The AP5 Pro is a wooden baseball bat made with great balance and a thick barrel to send those baseballs sailing over the outfield wall. It is actually named after MLB All-Star Albert Pujols.

Once you have your baseball bat, the next step is making sure you take care of it to last you a long time. There are many steps owners can take to protect their new baseball bat.

Here is an article outlining how to better take care of your wooden baseball bats to make them last.

AP5 PRO MODEL

AP5 PRO MODEL

How To Choose The Best Little League Baseball Bat

Selecting a great baseball bat to use for Little League is important. When getting into something without much experience, you want to make sure everything can be done to make sure that process goes smoothly.

Confidence is a huge part of playing sports and Baseball is no different.

If you start out with a bat you don’t like, maybe you lose interest in the game completely. That is not ideal for our young athletes looking to have some fun.

Having a baseball bat you enjoy can make a world of a difference, and who knows, maybe you go on to play in a pro league someday.

What To Look For

Obviously baseball bats come in all shapes and sizes. I know when playing sports with your friends and peers, sometimes you want to have some new, shiny equipment that looks great. Well, sometimes that equipment isn’t the best option.

Believe it or not, there is something to be said for quality as well. As you know, not all products are built with the same level of standards.

This means that sometimes those flashy bats don’t actually work all that well with translating that pop to the diamond.

But, sometimes the style has nothing to do with the performance. Style should not impact or affect your buying decisions from the start.

It is always a good idea to find the bat that suits your needs first and worry about style later.

You may be able to get the best of both worlds in the end anyway. Many bats offer a customizable option that allows athletes to get them with the exact color or style preferred.

Whether it is their favorite or lucky color or just to match team designs, bats can be finished in many colors.

So, once your youth baseball player has their preferred bat size, composition and style picked out and made sure all those selections are in accordance to their Little League’s rules and regulations, shopping for a baseball bat can be a blast.

Can be. As we all know, kids change their minds and are easily influenced by their friends and peers.

That is ok too. But the more important factor is for your child to have a bat with a comfortable fit when swinging. Most importantly though, they need to be able to have some fun!

Luckily, there are literally thousands of bats to choose from, so you can be sure your little one will find something they like.

Keep in mind too, other equipment such as batting gloves can go a long way towards ensuring a comfortable grip on the bat. So don’t give up on the bat right away if the fit is not perfect.

It is tough to recommend one singular bat for all Little Leagues as many leagues have different rules and regulations.

Always refer to your specific league’s rules and regulations before final purchase. Most baseball bats, if custom made, are not refundable or returnable.

For the best composite baseball bat I could suggest to be used for Little League play, I would recommend the 2020 Easton ADV 360.

Although it is a bit expensive, it truly is the best. If your kid needs to be convinced further, look no further than the extended use of the ADV 360 in 2019’s Little League World Series.

The Easton ADV 360 is a balanced and lightweight baseball bat with a tacky grip. Your kid will love swinging the ADV 360 at their next Little League game and their friends will be impressed. The bat comes ready for use, with practically no break-in period.

If you would prefer an aluminum bat for Little League play, the 2020 Easton Fuze 360 is the way to go.

Once again, many of the 2019 Little League World Series players used the Fuze 360 for championship play. If that many of the game’s best enjoyed it, the Fuze 360 must be good.

Joking aside, the Fuze 360 is great because it offers buyers a more affordable option than some of the composite baseball bats sold today.

One key feature about the bat itself is the superior comfort the bat provides. The Fuze 360 also features the same Power Boost soft knob as the ADV 360 which improves the athlete’s balance and leverage while swinging.

The custom, Easton-exclusive designed Lizard Skin grip adds a squishy yet tacky feel when holding the bat.

These bat grips are regarded as some of the best grips in the game due to their impressive effectiveness. The bat is all one piece, so very little can go wrong.

Recommendation For You –  2020 Easton ADV 360

It is hard to stick with just one bat for Little League play. In the heat of the battle, sometimes when things are not going your way, you may want to try something new.

Who could blame you?

Oftentimes players will lend and borrow their way to a variety of baseball bats over the course of a season. That is normal. Sometimes this can lead to the game’s greatest moments.

Do not be afraid to experiment with using different baseball bats from time to time, you never know what you could uncover. But generally more success will be found when sticking with your preferred bat over a larger sample size.

That being said, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting a specific baseball bat.

Even if you have an identical baseball twin, you both might not use the same bat. Every individual will have their own preferred bat to use. It is very rare to have two players who use the same bat.

Hopefully now you have a better idea on how to find the best bat for your Little League experience.

Just know that you cannot go wrong. Each bat you buy will be able to hit the baseball effectively.

2020 Easton ADV 360

2020 Easton ADV 360

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat Brands

There are many different baseball bat brands in existence today and many more being made each day. So some of you may be wondering, which is the best baseball bat manufacturer there is? Well that depends on many factors.

What To Look For

First off, as I covered earlier, what age or size is the athlete?

Also, which bat type are you looking for?

 Wood or metal?

Those factors will get you into certain buying categories, as some brands stick to what they are good at. Not all brands offer a bat for everyone.

Luckily there are still plenty of great options to choose from.

Again, the best baseball bat brand depends on many things.

For example, where are you in your baseball career?

A beginner may be more suited for a bat tailored for their skills.

A home-run hitter may prefer a specific barrel size or a different bat style than say a leadoff contact hitter would.

Or a seasoned veteran may have some superstition that ties them to a certain brand.

Or maybe you are just special enough to have earned a sponsorship from a specific brand.

Some people definitely prefer wooden bats. While others swear by composite or metal bats.

Or maybe you are old-school and like some of the brands that have been around forever such as the classic Louisville Slugger.

Whichever bat brand you choose, they are all built to do one thing:

Hit a baseball. If I could make a suggestion, I would say don’t blindly adhere to any one brand. Many companies have innovations they roll out every year.

Just because a brand may have been the best in 1994, doesn’t mean they are the best in 2020 or even still the best the very next year.

Some brands undergo major changes from year to year. Others will change very little or nothing at all from year to year.

It is best to stay informed of the changes of bat brands from year to year if you find yourself frequently purchasing baseball bats.

Sometimes there are state-of-the-art innovations that get introduced with a new product for the new year. You do not want to find yourself behind when the game’s next greatest innovation hits.

Recommendation For You – Marucci CAT7 BBCOR

Still, if I were to try and recommend you a general baseball bat brand to stick with, again that depends on many things. If you are a younger athlete playing baseball, I have found Easton makes a great baseball bat for many younger players.

I appreciate their variety of composite and metal bats that are lightweight and easier to swing.

If you have a bit more experience playing baseball or maybe prefer a wooden bat, Marucci has been doing a great job making baseball bats in the past few years.

Marucci also offers a variety of baseball bats that can be had in many different colors and styles. No matter what you are looking for, Marucci has a bat for you.

Here is a helpful video for further information on picking out a good Marucci bat:

Marucci CAT7 BBCOR

Marucci CAT7 BBCOR

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat In The World

I realize that not all bats are made the same. Not all bats are sold all across the world either. Sometimes a product is very hard to acquire depending on your situation.

I have already stated the best USA baseball bat earlier in this article. I recommended the Marucci AP5 Pro baseball bat, named after Albert Pujols.

Oddly enough, for the best baseball bat in the world, I still would have to recommend the Marucci AP5 Pro.

What To Look For

There are many other great bats available across the world today and more being made each day. But I have found the Marucci AP5 Pro to be a comfortable bat made with high quality.

Baseball players really enjoy the balance the AP5 offers while swinging the bat.

I myself prefer a wooden baseball bat, and that is what the AP5 Pro offers. Although, if you are just looking to have some fun in the backyard or park or whatever, a metal or composite bat will offer more pop.

Wooden bats are definitely safer to play with but also tougher to swing.

For beginners, the Marucci AP5 Pro is not ideal. When starting out, athletes will have more enjoyment from swinging a metal or composite bat due to the ball traveling better off of those surfaces.

Everyone loves the crack of a wooden bat, but the ping of a metal bat is something special as well.

Recommendation For You – AP5 PRO MODEL

No matter which bat you go with, you cannot go wrong. Just get out on the baseball field and have fun.

If you are ever on the baseball field where baseball is being played, make sure you always have a batting helmet for protection.

AP5 PRO MODEL

AP5 PRO MODEL

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For 7 Year Olds

It is always important to have the right playing equipment to play baseball. Of course the most important is the bat and glove.

But when the time comes to find the right baseball bat for your 7 year old, it can be tough.

What To Look For

There are many helpful things to keep in mind when shopping for a bat for your 7 year old. Comfort is obviously important, you want your child to feel good when stepping up to the plate.

Your child’s height is also important to know before you shop for an ideal bat for their size.

First you will want to measure your kid’s height while they are wearing their baseball shoes. Your child’s height will help determine part of the bat size recommended to be used for his or her size.

Your child’s weight is also another important factor when shopping. A taller and slimmer kid may enjoy or prefer using a different weight or length of bat than a kid with a shorter, thicker frame.

There are general recommendations for bat length for different sized kids. Generally a good rule of thumb for 7 year olds is to find a baseball bat somewhere between 24 and 27 inches long.

These are general guidelines that players in that age range have found to be most beneficial for them over time.

Recommendation For You – 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

If I had to pick one bat that would be suggested for a 7 year old baseball player, I would recommend the 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha.

The bat is balanced very well and also affordable. Players will enjoy the ease of use when swinging the 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha.

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For 8 Year Olds

When it comes to selecting the best baseball bat possible for your 8 year old child, the most important factor to know when shopping is the bat size.

On average 8 year olds find the most success with a 28 inch bat, with a 29 inch and 27 inch bat close behind.

What To Look For

Since most 8 year olds are not that much further along than 7 year olds, my baseball bat recommendation for 8 year olds is the same. I would still recommend for 8 year olds to use the 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha.

Players will love the comfort and convenience the bat offers.

I would still recommend that shoppers refer to the baseball bat sizing chart I referenced earlier. It is also always a good idea to double check the rules and regulations of the league your 8 year old will be playing in before purchasing anything.

If you can have you child test swing a bat of similar size before purchasing, that could help prevent some headaches later.

Recommendation For You – 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

Even though there are recommended sizes, each individual will have different bat size preferences.

For example, a taller 8 year old may prefer a different size than a shorter 8 year old. It is uncommon for all players to have the same bat.

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For 9 Year Olds

To determine the best baseball bat that is ideal for your 9 year old to use, refer to the bat sizing chart I referenced earlier.

Generally you can refer to the size chart as a great starting point. Players will always have slight differences that they prefer between them.

What To Look For

Not all players are built the same and thus, not all players would use the same baseball bat. But the size chart  is a great way to get started.

If you find that your kid may prefer something outside of the recommended size for his stature, that is ok too.

The average 9 year old will generally prefer using a bat with a length of about 29 inches. But this will largely depend on your child’s height and strength.

Few 9 year olds will be able to swing a 30 inch or longer bat effectively.

A great way to find out is just to try swinging a few different bat sizes to help determine which size feels right for your child. Your child needs to be able to swing their baseball bat with ease while having a natural balance throughout his or her swing.

Some bats may be too heavy for kids of certain sizes to be able to swing the bat and hit with power.

Recommendation For You – POSEY28 PRO METAL JUNIOR BIG BARREL

My recommended baseball bat for 9 year olds to use is the POSEY28 PRO Metal Junior Big Barrel, named after Buster Posey. It is a single piece Aluminum bat and is very well balanced for young hitters to use.

The bat features an anti-vibration knob for more comfort when making contact with the ball.

This bat can be attained in many different bat sizes, making it a great option for any child. Marucci makes great bats and has a great warranty for their products.

One downfall is that the Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal bat is a bit more expensive.

Since many 9 year olds will soon grow out of their bat, try and make sure your child really likes the bat before buying.

Or if possible, try a similar sized bat out to make sure they are comfortable with swinging it hundreds of times.

Refer to your league’s rules and regulations before you make any final purchase decisions.

PERSONALIZED POSEY28 PRO METAL JUNIOR BIG BARREL

POSEY28 PRO Metal Junior Big Barrel 

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For 10 Year Olds

As your child grows up, their size and stature will grow as well. With growth, your child will need a bigger bat. Unless your child experiences a large growth spurt, it is best to slowly increase bat size as they grow.

Most 10 year olds will prefer using a baseball bat about 29 or 30 inches in length. Of course this varies on your child’s stature. Not all kids will use the same sized bat.

What To Look For

Refer to the baseball bat sizing chart in accordance with your child’s size and use that information to begin the shopping process. Always refer to your league’s rules and regulations before you make any purchase decisions. You do not want to buy equipment that is not permitted for use in that league.

For the average 10 year old baseball player, I would recommend using the Cat 8 Junior Big Barrel baseball bat. This bat is available in many sizes to suit your needs. It is another single piece aluminum bat built with great balance.

This bat also features an anti-vibration knob for swinging comfort. Many young baseball players have found great success when using the Marucci CAT 8 baseball bat. Marucci has been making quality baseball bats for a number of years, and lately their bats are some of the best on the market today.

If you have the opportunity to let your child try multiple bats before purchasing, that is ideal. Different batters prefer different things with their bats. It is always a great idea to be able to try the product out if possible.

Even if that means just holding and swinging the bat a number of times to ensure a comfortable fit while swinging the bat over the course of time.

While shopping, have your child pick up a few different sizes to try and get a better feel for what they prefer to hit with. General size recommendations are a great starting point when shopping, but they are not perfect.

Recommendation For You – CAT8 JUNIOR BIG BARREL

It is still important to get the hitter’s feedback about how a certain length or weight bat feels while swinging.

For example a baseball bat that is too heavy to swing for that batter’s stature will make it hard for that hitter to get a good launch angle on the baseball to hit for power.

That is why being able to comfortably swing the bat with consistency is so important to your baseball career.

CAT8 JUNIOR BIG BARREL

CAT8 JUNIOR BIG BARREL

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For 11 Year Olds

To begin shopping for the ideal baseball bat for your 11 year old baseball player, you need to know a few important things while you shop.

First and foremost, learn the rules and regulations of the leagues where you child will be playing. This will help you get a better idea of what you can shop for and what to ignore on the market.

What To Look For

Also, a great shopping tool you can use as you shop is the bat sizing chart. This chart will help buyers determine what an ideal bat size, length and weight is for your child’s stature.

It is also important to know the height and weight of your young baseball player to be able to make sure they have the proper equipment for their current size.

Keep in mind, these bat size recommendations are just general suggestions. They do come from people with a lot of success and experience in the game of baseball, but each child will be different and prefer different things.

So, they are a great starting point, but don’t be shocked if at the end of the shopping experience you end up with a bat your child is comfortable with that falls outside of the recommended use for their stature.

The most common baseball bat length for the average 11 year old baseball player is a 30 inch bat.

However a bat length anywhere from 29 to 31 inches would not be uncommon for an 11 year old to use either. Each child will have their own preferred bat size that they like to use.

Recommendation For You – 2020 CF (-11) Fastpitch Bat

A great baseball bat that many 11 year old baseball players have been enjoying and the one I would recommend is the DeMartini CF (-11) FastPitch bat.

This bat is a two piece composite bat that features a great consistent balance for 11 years olds to use. It is not the cheapest bat on the market, but you can be sure this bat will be enjoyed by your 11 year old.

The DeMarini CF baseball bat can be had in many different sizes, assuring your child will be able to find one to suit their needs. This bat features a large barrel with a long sweet spot for batters to make better contact with the baseball.

Many players agree that this bat offers players the best “feel” of any other baseball bat.

This bat is lightweight and players will instantly enjoy the opportunity to play baseball with it. The DeMarini CF has vastly improved over their previous baseball bat models.

 Unfortunately the bat is a bit more expensive and not the strongest or most durable bat on the planet.

2020 CF (-11) Fastpitch Bat

2020 CF (-11) Fastpitch Bat

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For 12 Year Olds

Finding the ideal baseball bat for your 12 year old baseball player to play with is so crucial. This is potentially a big part of their baseball future. As kids grow up, they grow into their baseball profile even more.

They get closer to realizing their baseball potential as they age.

While there is still plenty of more room for growth, they begin to get more mature and take baseball a bit more seriously. This is an exciting time for both you and your young baseball player.

What To Look For

Of course as your young athlete gets around more of their “cool” friends, they may want to begin to personalize or customize their baseball equipment.

This can provide a lot of extra fun for players when they are out on the baseball field. But do keep in mind if you decide to get your child personalized equipment, if there is a mistake or last-minute change on your part, the customized apparel may be non-refundable and unable to be returned.

Simply pay attention or ask questions throughout the buying process to the manufacturer’s sale conditions. Most companies won’t allow you to return or seek refunds for customized equipment.

But as long as you have all your ducks in a row, buying personalized baseball equipment should be a fun process for everyone involved.

Once you have figured out the ideal bat size for your 12 year old baseball player, you can narrow down your buying options. There are many great baseball bat brands making great bats for young players so finding your next bat shouldn’t be too difficult.

Baseball bats are seeing new improvements and innovations every year, so finding a newer baseball bat is ideal for success.

With so many options for baseball bats available on the market today it can be tough to know where to start. Generally over time most 12 year olds have found to be most comfortable using a 31 inch long bat. Bat lengths ranging anywhere from 30 to 32 inches are also commonly used. This will largely depend on your child’s growing stature.

If you have the opportunity for your 12 year old child to pick up and experience swinging multiple bat sizes for your child to get a great feel of what they like, that would be ideal for everyone involved.

Not all children will use the same sized bat, as you know not all kids are the same size. Believe it or not, this has a big impact on which bat size they need to optimize their baseball success.

There are a number of great bats available for 12 year old baseball players to enjoy playing with.

Honestly, most bats on this list would work for any age group. The more important factor is making sure they have the correct bat size available when shopping.

Most companies make their bats for adults and a separate bat of the same model for kids to use. This is because adults are much larger and stronger than kids so they need different bat sizes to be more successful.

So a lot of the bats you may be able to get, may just be a miniature version of something you see the pros use.

Recommendation For You – Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR

With all that being said, I would recommend 12 year old baseball players to use the Easton BB17MK Mako Beast baseball bat.

Easton has been making baseball equipment for many years. Your kid might even be familiar with the Easton sports product catalog they have been known to produce.

The Easton Mako Beast is among some of the best-selling bats on the market today. This bat features Easton’s Thermo Composite Technology or TCT.

Featuring great balance and built durably, the Mako Beast is a great bat for anyone to use.

The Easton BB17MK Mako Beast utilizes Hyperskin Technology for a comfortable grip while swinging the bat. This bat has a large sweet spot, allowing players to generate great hitting power when using the bat.

The Mako Beast is actually relatively affordable as well so finding the right one for your 12 year old shouldn’t be overly difficult.Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR

Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR

How To Choose The Best Youth Baseball Bat

When your young child is beginning to have an interest in playing baseball, it is an exciting time for everyone.

Whether you have the next Ken Griffey Jr. on your hands or just a little one looking to have fun, playing baseball should be fun for everyone.

Of course you want to make sure your child has an enjoyable experience when they are out on the baseball diamond.

What To Look For

I know you want your child to have fun, but also do as best as they can when playing. You cannot hold their hand when they are playing, but you can do your best to make sure they have everything they need to do their best. Part of that includes making sure they have the proper equipment to take the field.

Always refer to the rules and regulations of any league or baseball get together to make sure your child has the proper equipment to take the field.

As cruel as it sounds, if your child has improper equipment, they may be held out of the competition. Generally these rules are put in place for the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved.

When shopping for the best youth baseball bat for your kid, there are many important things to keep in mind. Refer to the baseball bat size chart I referenced to earlier in this article for an outline on what to keep in mind while shopping. Child size and age will factor into your buying decisions.

Recommendation For You – 2020 Easton ADV 360

Luckily my recommendation for you the best baseball bat to buy for a youth baseball player is actually the very same bat I recommend for Little League play.

So you might as well just go with the 2020 Easton ADV 360 baseball bat. The Easton ADV 360 is a bat that is comfortable and easy to swing.

If you end up buying the Easton ADV 360 baseball bat, your kid will already be all set if they wish to pursue Little League play in the future.

The Easton ADV 360 is a great bat for a variety of ages. Many young players today have found great success when using this baseball bat.

2020 Easton ADV 360

2020 Easton ADV 360

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat Bags

Of course in order for you to carry your baseball bats around, having a baseball bat bag to carry them around in is convenient. Sure you can easily carry one bat around, but once you have other equipment you rely on, you will need more than your arms to hold everything.

What To Look For

Baseball, just like many other sports requires a lot of equipment to regularly play the game effectively. You could not possibly carry all that equipment with you each time a game can be played.

Could you?

Yes you can! By having a durable baseball bat bag, you can carry all your necessary equipment with you wherever you are. The best way to stay prepared to play in your next game is to have your baseball bat bag packed and ready to go.

Now many of you out there may be thinking, I don’t have that much to carry with me. Why do I need a baseball bat bag?

But you cannot deny how convenient it would be.

Imagine if you could have one piece of equipment you can carry with you on your back just like a backpack that contains everything you could possibly dream of to play your next game?

It would be pretty convenient right?

Then you could focus all your energy on the game ahead instead of making sure you remember to bring each individual item with you.

Besides, when things are not going your way how often have you had the thought of wanting to try something different?

By having a baseball bat bag with multiple bats that are your own, you would be able to do just that without feeling guilty about using another player’s baseball bat. You would have the option to switch bats in between at bats with ease.

Many players have a few bats they keep on hand. Some situations may require different bats. Certain players have different bat preferences for different game situations.

Also, if using a wooden bat, you never know when your bat will break during a game or practice. If you only have the one bat, your day may be done. Having at least one more bat on hand is ideal.

So how can you possibly carry multiple bats and other baseball equipment from game to game? Well a convenient baseball bat bag of course! This will allow players to focus their energy on the game and not on how they can get their equipment to the game or practice.

There are many affordable baseball bat bags available on the market today. Many different sizes and colors are available to ensure athletes can find one that works for them.

Not all baseball bat bags are the same. Some have special features to separate them from the pack. Others just are different in size.

When shopping for your baseball bat bag, you can have some fun with it. There are no specific guidelines or recommendations as far as sizes to fit you. There is not much to specifically look out for other than functionality.

The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for a baseball bat bag to buy is comfort and capability.

You definitely want to make sure carrying your equipment from game to game and practice to practice is a breeze. The game itself is tiring enough at times.

There are many convenient baseball equipment items that you can fit in an average baseball bag or backpack.

Some of the more obvious items would include things such as your baseball mitt or gloves, baseballs and socks or cleats. Of course there are also many other items that you could not possibly carry all on your own.

Once you start talking about multiple awkwardly-sized objects to carry, well we only have two hands. That is why so many baseball players rely on having a quality and durable baseball bat bag to get them through their baseball season.

Certainly carrying more than one bat without a bag is just not possible when combined with other baseball items.

Once you do acquire your baseball bat bag, it is important to remember not to over pack. The last thing you want is for your baseball bag to be too heavy to carry where carrying it to and from baseball games and practices becomes a hassle.

You want to save all that energy for the next time you take the baseball field!

Recommendation For You – Athletico Youth Baseball Backpack

There are many different sizes and styles of baseball bat bags to select from when shopping. To make things easier for you, I can personally recommend the Athletico Baseball Bag.

I find this bag to be ideal for carrying all your baseball equipment, including bats, with you wherever your next game is.

The Athletico Baseball Bag is awesome as an all-in-one baseball bag capable of carrying your cleats, helmet, bats, gloves, and pretty much any other baseball equipment you might need.

Made with durable and breathable materials designed to prevent your used contents such as your smelly cleats from smelling too badly when kept in the bag over time. The Athletico bag is lightweight with a padded back panel for additional comfort on the go.

Athletico Youth Baseball Backpack

Athletico Youth Baseball Backpack

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat For High School Players

Again, different areas of the world have different requirements when selecting a baseball bat to play with in high school baseball leagues.

Always refer to your league’s baseball rules and regulations before purchasing any equipment to be used for league play. No matter what your school’s rules are, you will be able to find an effective baseball bat to use for the season.

What To Look For

Once you are at the high school level of baseball, there is a good chance you have played some baseball before. If you are relatively inexperienced or have none at all, that is ok too.

You can pick up a new sport at any point in your life and still find plenty of love for the sport.

It is important to remember that even the best of the best in baseball fail than 70% of the time at the plate.

To be considered one of the best hitters at the plate at getting on base, you could get the job done 3 times out of every 10 times at the plate and still be regarded as one of the best in the game. Baseball is largely a game of failure.

So why do so many people love to watch and play the sport?

Because of how exciting and fun it is of course!

There are few sports like it and each year, the game of baseball brings about some new exciting innovation that makes the game even better.

Just like any other time in your life, knowing which size of baseball bat that is ideal for your body size is crucial before you step to the plate.

A good rule of thumb for picking out a baseball bat size is that if you weigh more than 70 pounds, you probably want a baseball bat ranging somewhere between 28 and 32 inches long. Having the right sized bat goes a long way towards developing your blooming baseball career.

Generally high school players will need to shop for a bat that is BBCOR approved. BBCOR is a baseball bat performance standard created by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to maintain the performance standards of Composite baseball bats to be used for competition.

These bats however are typically more expensive, because of the approved standards.

But most high schools require the use of a BBCOR baseball bat. This is why I always recommend double or triple checking your leagues rules and regulations before and during the shopping process.

The last thing you need is to get disqualified from a game because your equipment is not up to their standards.

Recommendation For You – Rawlings Quatro Pro

For high school play I would recommend athletes try the Rawlings Quatro Pro baseball bat.

Unfortunately this bat is a bit more expensive, but players and coaches everywhere agree the bat offers a well-balanced swing. The Rawlings Quatro Pro offers a unique sound when the bat makes contact with the baseball.

Players appreciate the fact that the bat has almost no vibration at all once contact is made. The bat features Lizard Skin Grip to ensure a comfortable grip while swinging.

With the Rawlings Quatro Pro baseball bat, every type of batter out there has a great option to use moving forward.

Rawlings Quatro Pro

Rawlings Quatro Pro

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat Pack

Sometimes you can find a great collection of baseball bats sold together in one pack. If there is a bat you know you like, buying more than one at a time can be beneficial. Commonly, buyers will get a discount when buying many at a time.

What To Look For

Some players go through baseball bats at a quicker rate than others. Obviously if you are with a professional baseball team, your team probably goes through a lot of baseball bats over the course of a season.

If this is true, then you absolutely want to be able to buy multiple bats at a time.

Especially if you have found a bat that you like and want to stick with like many players do, you probably want to find out if you can acquire more than one bat at a time at a discounted rate.

Luckily many manufacturers offer package deals for bats. Occasionally some places will have a sale that makes buying a bundle of bats at a time to be even more beneficial for the shopper.

So, if you already have a baseball bat or bats that you prefer, I would absolutely recommend trying to find a package deal of that same bat to stay consistent.

Otherwise if you just want to find the most cost-effective option to acquire multiple baseball bats, there are many affordable package deals out there if you go through many bats. Or keep an eye out for special sales that may pop up throughout the year.

Generally a pack of bats will be sold in a two or three pack. Some companies offer a bulk buy for their bats, but generally those deals are reserved for large companies or athletic programs. But baseball bats are most commonly sold individually one at a time.

Recommendation For You

If you are insistent on buying more than one baseball bat at a time, it comes down to what you are looking for.

Are you looking to just find a number of affordable or cheap bats?

Or is there a specific bat you are looking to acquire more than one of?

I would recommend doing just that. Stick to the bat that you like and look to acquire more than one of those at time. I realize however, not all companies offer a package deal.

Otherwise, keep an eye out for bigger buys of bats. Certain times of the year, some companies will offer a package deal. Your best bet is to try and capitalize at that time for your best baseball bat shopping experience.

Conclusion

There are many great products out there and this guide is only a small part of some of the helpful products that can improve your game.

Hopefully you have a much better idea on what to shop for before you buy. Keep an eye out for what next year’s innovative baseball products may introduce to the market.

I know that everyone leads a busy life. You do not all have the time to read every little review highlighting the benefits and downfalls of specific products.

Hopefully this baseball buying guide has provided you with some helpful information to make your shopping process easier.

I hope that you have found a lot of helpful information as you have followed along. Baseball is a fun game that players get a lot of joy from. Hopefully this guide will help provide more insight to the next generation of baseball players everywhere.

What experiences, good or bad have you had while shopping for baseball gear? Have you found a favorite baseball bat to use yet?

Let us know down below in the comments.

The Ultimate Guide For Choosing Best Baseball Gear In 2022

Best Baseball Equipment Guide

Baseball is a wonderful sport to play for all ages, but sometimes finding the right gear to play in can be tricky for some people. With so many different options out there and more seemingly every day, searching for the right gear for your position can actually be a lot of fun too. Having the correct baseball equipment on can be the difference from stretching out a single into a double and you do not want to let your team down with the game on the line!

Best Baseball Equipment Guide

Your Guide

Andrew Buller-Russ   Andrew Buller-Russ

There has been a lot of great baseball equipment and training gear made specifically for baseball players throughout history, and more being refined every day.

As time has gone on baseball has seen many great inventions come to life such as the oven mitt worn by base runners to protect their hands while sliding.

In today’s fast paced world it can be hard to keep up with all of the latest baseball innovations on the market today.

I know for myself, when shopping for equipment, things can get a bit confusing. There are so many great products out there that when it comes time to narrow down all the options, making a selection can be a bit overwhelming.

My goal is to help define and point out some of the really helpful products that are available out on the market today.

Hopefully by raising awareness of some of the truly great things surrounding the game of baseball and the legendary history that surrounds it, you will also become more passionate about pursuing a career in baseball.

There are many helpful pieces of information and tips that you can use for yourself and maybe share with a friend that I hope you find useful for yourself and others. I also will point out some great books and movies to help keep you entertained along the way.

I also want to point out some of the great methods you can begin to practice with to make you a better baseball player.

My goal by the end of this article will be to leave you, the reader, feeling much more knowledgeable about baseball and its components. I hope you find my recommendations to be helpful in your own career.

How To Choose The Best Baseball Glove

Before you even step on the baseball field, you need a glove that fits you comfortably. Luckily baseball gloves come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Playing baseball with the correct baseball glove is essential to fielding your position well.

Depending on which position in the field you are playing, your baseball mitt can have a large effect on how well you are able to catch the ball. Believe it or not, not every baseball glove is made the same. For example, if you are trying to play in the outfield with a catcher’s mitt, your fielding ability will be greatly hindered.

What To Look For

Comfort and fit are two important factors to keep in mind when shopping for a baseball glove. Most importantly though, you need the correct glove for the position you are playing. Catchers and first basemen always have the largest glove on the field to catch the throws across the diamond, while the second baseman has the smallest glove for a quick grip on the ball.

Pitchers can get away with using any type of infielders glove. Most pitchers use a lot of deception on the mound, so it would be wise to find a glove that has a closed web to hide the grip used on the ball from the batter. The trick for pitchers is finding a glove that feels comfortable and does not get in the way of their pitching motion.

Although there are some really flashy and fancy baseball gloves, some gloves do not play or function as well as others. When you are shopping for a glove, it should not be about the styling or looks of it, focus on the functionality first and then the color or style later. Have patience when searching for a pitching glove, finding the right sized glove for you can be a headache if you do not know what to look for.

If a glove is too small, it could be difficult to grip your pitches without your opponent being able to see your pitch selection. On the other end of the spectrum, you do not want a glove too large either as that may be too awkward and heavy during the pitching motion. Finding the perfect balance for a pitching glove can be tricky.

Generally a good rule of thumb for pitchers is to have a glove that is somewhere between 11 ¾” and 12”. Some pitchers have found that they prefer a glove ½” smaller or larger. This size range has been commonly found to be large enough to hide pitch grips while being small enough to keep a consistent throwing motion.

The catcher’s mitt is the most unique of the group. The catcher is asked to catch balls thrown at high speeds and thus needs more padding and protection.  The catcher’s mitt is generally much larger to give pitchers a larger target to aim for and to catch pitches that are thrown out of control.

The first baseman’s glove is also special since it is much larger than other gloves on the diamond and does not have any finger holes. The open end also has a unique curve along the edge to allow the fielder to pick and scoop balls up from the dirt. Generally the first baseman’s glove is the largest to give the other infielders a much larger target when attempting to throw a runner out.

The middle infield mainly uses smaller gloves that are lighter in weight. For infielders, flexibility and quickness is important, so having a glove that matches those abilities is crucial. The smaller glove allows for the infielder to quickly find the ball in their glove and throw the runner out in a timely manner.

Shortstops and third basemen usually will have a bit longer glove to help increase their fielding range. Since third basemen are sometimes closer to home plate when playing the shift or a bunt, their gloves usually feature deeper pockets to catch balls that are hit really hard. With a longer glove on the third base line, the fielder will have a longer reach when diving or extending out for the baseball.

Outfielders have the longest gloves on the field, this helps with those “shoe-string” catches and balls that fielders really have to stretch out for. The longer glove also helps when outfielders snag balls that are headed over the outfield fence by extending their reach. No matter what position you play, it is important to recognize which glove you are buying, for example if you are left-handed you would need a left –handed glove.

Recommendation For You – Wilson A2000 Baseball Glove Series

When it comes to selecting the very best baseball glove to use I would recommend going with any variation of the Wilson A2000.The official glove of the MLB, Wilson has been making some version of the A2000 glove since 1957. There are many variations to the glove and depending on the position you play, you should be able to find the one that is right for you.

Here is a video sharing some tips for measuring and finding the right glove for you:

Wilson A2000 Baseball Glove Series

Wilson A2000 Baseball Glove Series

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bat

The dream of every young baseball fan is to hit a home run but you can’t do that without having a baseball bat to hit with.  Baseball bats are made of many different materials such as metal, aluminum and various species of wood.  Whether you have a metal bat or a wooden baseball bat, you will still be able to have a lot of fun hitting a baseball.

What To Look For

Aluminum bats are much lighter than wood and can be swung much quicker. With a metal or aluminum bat, the ball will have a loud Ping! sound when making contact with the bat. When you hit with a metal or aluminum bat, the ball has the ability to come off the bat much harder and go much farther.

Baseball bats come in many forms, for practical purposes we are going to focus on baseball bats made from wood. Generally wooden bats are used in professional and adult baseball leagues. Wooden baseball bats are made from a variety of wood species such as Ash, Bamboo, Birch, Hickory, Maple, and Pine.

Hickory bats have largely fallen out of favor due to their heavier weight that slows down the swing speed, while Maple bats have gained popularity due to them being lightweight. Maple is the most widely used bat in the MLB today at 95%. Choosing which wood species you prefer to hit with is up to you, but some players certainly have their preferences.

Some baseball players are very superstitious, some choose to change bats multiple times throughout the game, while some stick with the same bat style for their whole career. No matter what your beliefs are, the most important factor when selecting a bat is determining how the bat feels in your hand and how comfortable you feel while swinging it. There are many helpful size guides out there to help determine which size baseball bat may be best suited for you.

Recommendation For You – Marucci AP5 Pro Model

There are literally hundreds of different baseball bats to select from and narrowing them down into which may be the best for you has a lot to do with personal preferences. With that being said, if I were to recommend a baseball bat to buy, the one I would suggest is actually the same one a lot of the pros use, the Marucci AP5 (Named after Albert Pujols). The AP5 Pro has great balance with a thick barrel to help drive those baseballs over the fence.

Taking care of your baseball bats is important if you want them to last, here are some tips on how to protect your new equipment:

Marucci AP5 Pro Model

Marucci AP5 Pro Model

How To Choose The Best Baseball Jersey

The opportunity to be able to play the game of baseball competitively is a privilege that not everyone has. To play baseball competitively you need to have a uniform that matches your teammates. You want this uniform to last all season through all of the diving stops and slides in the dirt.

What To Look For

There have been many instantly recognizable baseball jerseys throughout the history of the game. Many of the legendary designs have not changed much over the years. The New York Yankees still have their iconic pinstripe design adorning their uniforms that many baseball fans have come to enjoy across the world.

In order to have a uniform that can withstand the elements, it needs to be comfortable and be able to breathe well to allow for a hot day at the ballpark. Putting on your jersey should come with a sense of pride, you should be happy to go out there and represent your team and with the right jersey, you can be. So before you put your baseball uniform on, make sure it is washed clean after each use.

Commonly when playing baseball your jersey tends to get a bit dirty, whether that is grass stains or the dirt from a head first slide, it doesn’t matter. What matters is keeping it clean in between games; you don’t want to show up to the game already looking like you’ve been sliding into home all day. Some jerseys will hold up better over time through multiple washing cycles so it is important to find a jersey made out of durable materials.

There are many aspects to consider when shopping for a baseball jersey that you will be using for every baseball game that you play in. One of the most important factors I would say would be your comfort level. When you are in the middle of a game, the last thing you need is for your jersey to be irritating or bothering you, causing you to lose focus on the moment.

Recommendation For You – Holloway Men’s 221011 Baseball Jersey

If you need a comfortable baseball jersey that is durable enough to weather the elements then the Holloway Sportswear Ignie Baseball Jersey may be the one to go with. This jersey is made from polyester to help keep the jersey light and dry and features mesh armpit vents to help stay cool during the game. The plain design allows for you to get it custom made to suit you and your baseball team’s style.

Here is some more info regarding baseball jerseys and uniforms and the purposes they can serve:

Holloway Men's 221011 Baseball Jersey

Holloway Men’s 221011 Baseball Jersey

How To Choose The Best Baseball Movie

Baseball has a long and legendary history, with more stories being written literally every day. Over time some of those great stories have made their way into the movies and on our TV screens. A big part of becoming a sports fan comes from watching them on TV or in the movies.

Luckily for us baseball enthusiasts there have been many great baseball references in TV shows and baseball movies over the years and many more still being made. There are so many well regarded classic movies to select from no matter what genre of movie you are into. It doesn’t matter what your motion picture preferences are, there are movies for all age groups to enjoy.

What To Look For

If you like comedy movies, then ”Major League”,” A League Of Their Own” or either of the “Bad News Baseball” movies are great comical classics. The movie, “Benchwarmers” also has quite a few adult comedic moments all throughout. If you like funny TV shows with a baseball theme, the HBO show Eastbound & Down is a classic, although the show is definitely not for all ages.

Maybe you enjoy some heartwarming stories mixed in with some funny moments, if so “Bull Durham” and “Field Of Dreams” are two legendary baseball tales. Field Of Dreams is a well-known tale for many great reasons. MLB baseball recognized the popularity of the movie and even announced that an MLB game between the legendary New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox will take place on August 13th, 2020 at the historic “Field Of Dreams” baseball field.

If you want a true story, ”Moneyball” may be the best. But “42” tells the amazing story of Jackie Robinson and his battles that he had to overcome on his quest to becoming one of the greatest baseball players in the long and storied history of baseball. “A League Of Their Own”, “Million Dollar Arm” and “The Rookie” are three more baseball movies based on a true story that you won’t want to miss.

No matter what, if you enjoy baseball and like to hear and see stories with baseball situations mixed in, there are plenty of great television shows and movies to pick from. You could spend a whole month watching a different baseball movie every day and still have something new to watch. With so many inspiring tales being told regarding the great game of baseball, it would be tough to watch them and not become a baseball fan.

Recommendation For You – The Sandlot (1993)

If I had to select my favorite baseball movie of all time I would have to go with The Sandlot from 1993. This movie had everything you want from a baseball movie as a young baseball fan, including the classic narrative style found commonly in movies in the 1990’s. The movie is recognized as an instant classic among those who have seen it and if you do not understand “You’re killin’ me Smalls!” from The Sandlot, then you are missing out!

The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

How To Choose The Best Baseball Book

Growing up, I was a big reader, but I never knew what to read next. Well the sports fan in me always drew me into reading about them as well. This led me to many great books and when I was done with one, it seemed like there were two or three more that I wanted to read next.

What To Look For

Thankfully there are many great sports authors out there that can write a great baseball story. Mike Lupica is the first name that comes to mind for me, I must have read at least 10 of his sports books as a kid. For young readers, there are plenty of great baseball books to dive into thanks to writers such as Mike Lupica and W.P. Kinsella who wrote the bestseller “Shoeless Joe”.

If you are an adult reader, you may want a different style than some of the books that are tailored to a younger audience. If this is you, then true stories are a great place to start. You can find many great tales of legends such as Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente detailing some of their struggles as a baseball player in a different culture.

Baseball is always adapting and analyzing ways to accomplish things more efficiently. This constant drive to improve has led to many improvements and innovations in the game of baseball. When it comes to baseball books, that same drive has continued.

With all of the fictional books that have been written, there are many non-fiction books as well. In a lot of these non-fiction books, you will find many great true historical tales being told. But there are also many other books looking into the next new way or great innovation to come into the game of baseball, and reading them can make you a much more informed baseball fan and player.

Recommendation For You – Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

There are hundreds of great books to read but if you are looking for what to read next, I would recommend reading Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Moneyball, if you aren’t already familiar, tells the incredible tale of the small time Oakland Athletics’ quest to beat the big market teams such as the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers. Later made into a movie, Moneyball is a truly inspiring tale for anyone who has had to work hard for what they want in life.

If you are looking for informative baseball books to help you improve, there are plenty of those as well. Here is a quick video with some book recommendations:

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

How To Choose The Best Baseball

Playing baseball brings a lot of joy to anyone who loves the game, but you can’t play unless you have a baseball of course. Having a baseball and keeping it are two very different things though. I know for myself, there have been many baseballs lost over the years due to various reasons.

What To Look For

Throughout all of those crushed and lost baseballs, one thing has always remained the same; the Rawlings Official Major League Baseball feels the most authentic. Knockoff baseballs are not able to match the softness of the outer shell that the authentic baseballs feature. The official baseballs also have a unique feel to them; a lot of the synthetic baseballs almost feel slippery or a bit like plastic.

Baseballs for the most part are made of either one of two materials, leather or synthetic. Baseballs, whether synthetic or leather, always have the same simple design.  The basics of it are just a small rounded ball with stitching along the baseball to be able to grip the ball and throw it accurately at high speeds.

Leather is what the official MLB baseballs are comprised of, but synthetic baseballs can serve a purpose too. Leather is built to last longer while offering a secure grip and consistent results. Synthetic covers are often made from vinyl and can resist dirt and retain their color and provide a nice cost alternative option to the real thing.

If you want to play baseball the same as the pros would, you want to use an official ball. Many players will use synthetic baseballs for practice simply because they are cheaper and will save the leather balls for game use. You can definitely practice with other balls to work on your swing, but if you are playing a game, you want the real thing.

Recommendation For You – Rawlings Official Major League Baseball

If you are just playing around in your backyard, using a cheaper synthetic baseball may be ideal for you. But if you are trying to practice fielding or fine-tuning your skills for a professional game, then I recommend using the Rawlings Official Major League Baseball. There is no other baseball in production that can replicate the authentic results from the MLB ball.

Here is a video showing the insides of a baseball and comparing the quality between a cheaper baseball and the Official MLB Baseball:

Rawlings Official Major League Baseball

Rawlings Official Major League Baseball

How To Choose The Best Baseball Pitching Machine

Do you want to practice on your game but don’t have a clone of yourself? Well, look no further than a baseball pitching machine! Pitching machines can be extremely helpful to improve your game when you don’t have a buddy to throw you pitches.

What To Look For

All professional teams use pitching machines for a number of reasons. By having a pitching machine on hand the batters are able to simulate a pitch coming at them without wearing out a pitcher’s arm. Being able to practice taking pitches at game speed is perhaps one of the best ways to improve your approach at the plate.

With most pitching machines, you can adjust the speed at which the ball comes out, this allows for players of all ages to be able to practice and improve their game. Some pitch machines can even simulate faster speeds than most players will ever face, this helps the batter prepare for high velocity pitches. Any player or team who is serious about getting better at baseball should definitely find a way to find some time to practice taking pitches from a pitch machine.

Just by having a pitch machine, you are able to practice many aspects of the game of baseball. With a pitch machine, you can practice fielding grounders, throwing runners out and of course hitting the ball. Perhaps that is why people say having a pitch machine is like having an extra coach around.

Whether you are looking to improve your hitting or your fielding, getting a pitch machine is crucial to realizing your true potential. When deciding on a pitch machine, it is important to realize what type of machine you are after. Selecting your ideal pitch machine has a lot to do with age group and budget.

Be careful if you are using a pitch machine for the first time. It may be better to watch someone who has extensive experience working with a pitching machine before you take a crack at one. If you are not careful, you could do serious harm to yourself, and possibly make you anxious about facing live pitching.

Recommendation For You – BATA-2 Combo Pitching Machine

There are many great beginner pitch machines that will pitch up to 60-70 MPH and there are others that are tuned more for the pros and can go up to 100 MPH. If money is no object then certainly the Bata- 2 Two-Wheel Curveball Pitching Machine should do the trick. This machine is great as it can throw any kind of pitch, including the Knuckleball and even comes with a 10-year warranty.

Here is a helpful video on how a pitch machine can help you improve your swing:

BATA-2 Combo Pitching Machine

BATA-2 Combo Pitching Machine

How To Choose The Best Batting Helmet

When it comes to playing sports, first and foremost the idea is to have fun. But most importantly, you want to play with safety in mind. The old saying goes” It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt”.

In baseball, safety is extremely important. If you are not careful and attentive at the ballpark, you could get hurt. While baseball is a great sport for all ages, you need to be aware of the potential dangers of being at the ballpark such as a baseball hit your way that you may not have seen.

What To Look For

One of the best ways to avoid head injuries in baseball is by wearing an approved batting helmet. There is no other sport that features a hard ball coming straight at you at speeds upward of 60 MPH and so wearing the proper headgear becomes more important than ever. You should never step into a batter’s box without a hard helmet on your head.

Batting helmets have really undergone a lot of changes over the years, far apart from when batting helmets first debuted back in the 1900’s. In 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers became the first team to require their batters to wear a batting helmet during games. Somehow safety had gone overlooked until 1958 when it became mandatory for all hitters to wear a batting helmet; it took a very unfortunate incident to make the change popular and mandatory throughout the sport of baseball.

Thankfully, baseball has continued to evolve over the years and now offers a bevy of options available for hitters at every level to ensure their head is protected at all times. You should never get injured doing something you love, and if there is a way to avoid injuries at any cost, then those actions must be taken immediately. Today in baseball, we see a lot of different styling to batting helmets such as the double earflaps or protective face guards.

Luckily, there are still many great styling options available, even on the safest helmets. Some helmets offer different gloss or sheen options to make them appear to have more shine than others. While some offer a multi-color approach to make your helmet stand out in the batter’s box.

Ultimately when it comes to recommending the best batting helmet to go with, it is simple for me. Go with what works! Seriously though, to me your safety is of the utmost importance on the field, it is not about looking cool or stylish.

Recommendation For You – Rawlings Mach Carbon Batting helmet

My personal recommendation for the best batting helmet would have to be the Rawlings Mach Carbon Batting Helmet. What I like about this helmet is of course the amount of cushion and protection the helmet offers while giving the option to add protective face gear with pre-drilled holes. The helmet is sleek and stylish while offering ventilation ports to keep your head cool, even when the umpire thinks that ball was a strike.

When selecting a helmet, it is important that you find one that fits snug and comfortably on your head.  It will be helpful to know the size of your head when shopping; there are many head measurement and size guides to help align your head with the appropriately sized helmet.  You want a helmet that stays on your head and will not fall off when running.

Generally when you pick a helmet, you want it to last all season, so you need it to be durable. Make sure you select the helmet that offers the best protection for you and your hitting style. If you tend to crowd the plate, or like to talk smack, get yourself some protection!

If you have ever seen the play that ended Hall-of-Famer Kirby Puckett’s career, you will understand why I feel that you can never take things too safely.

Rawlings Mach Carbon Baseball Batting Helmet

Rawlings Mach Carbon Baseball Batting Helmet

How To Choose The Best Batting Gloves

In order to play baseball in the elements, you need to have a good, reliable pair of batting gloves. Now, you could go really old school and go without them like Vladimir Guerrero did but it is not recommended when starting out. Nearly all of the pro players today prefer to wear baseball gloves and no it is not just because it helps them look cool in the batter’s box.

What To Look For

But let’s be honest for a second, some batting gloves are really cool. Just like any popular sport, there will always be a lot of customization available to the players. Many players like to set themselves apart from the crowd by being unique and one of the ways this can be achieved is by having a customized pair of batting gloves.

Besides looking cool, wearing batting gloves can help reduce the sting the bat leaves behind in your hands when you make contact with the pitch. Wearing gloves can also drastically improve your grip to make sure the bat does not leave your hands on a wet, slippery day at the ballpark. By maintaining control of your bat, it will help you adjust to the pitch and should lead to more quality at bats where you make good contact on the ball.

Fortunately batting gloves come in all shapes, sizes and colors these days. Finding a comfortable pair of batting gloves can make all the difference in the world when it comes to adjusting on the fly when the pitch is coming to the plate. Gloves also provide some cushion on your hands and can help prevent blisters and calluses from building up on your hands over time.

Whether on TV or in person, I’m sure by now we have all seen when a batter swings his bat and cannot control it. This leads to flying bats. Wearing batting gloves will greatly increase your grip and hopefully you will be able to avoid any future situations in which your bat may go flying towards some unsuspecting fans or teammates.

The last thing you need is for your bat to hit someone when everyone is just supposed to be having a good time. Besides, what if your bat were to hit a coach or umpire? If that unfortunate situation were to occur, you may not be getting another at bat for a while.

As you can imagine, having the proper batting gloves that fit you comfortably are important. Not to mention the added benefits that wearing gloves can have upon your swing tendencies. If you will be swinging a bat, I recommend looking into your own pair of batting gloves for many of the reasons listed above.

Recommendation For You – Franklin Sports MLB CFX Pro Batting Gloves

There are many great batting gloves available on the market today but if I had to choose one pair that stands out above the rest, I would go with the Franklin CFX Pro. They are fully customizable and have a comfortable fit with great breathability. They also offer a pair for games that are played in colder temperatures that offer more protection from the elements.

Here is an instructional video on how batting gloves can help you and your game:

Franklin Sports MLB CFX Pro Batting Gloves

Franklin Sports MLB CFX Pro Batting Gloves

How To Choose The Best Baseball Training Equipment

Baseball has proven to be one of the toughest sports to pick up and play as a beginner. The thought that even the best hitters of all time only succeed about three out of every ten chances is incredible. That means this sport is largely about failure and anytime you get on base, you did a great job.

What To Look For

Since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941, no other hitter has ever even succeeded 4 out of every 10 chances they get for a full season. But that was way back in 1941, aren’t baseball players only getting better with time? Well yes they are, but pitchers are also getting better too, to put it simply, consistently hitting a baseball is not easy.

The main goal of the sport is to hit a small round ball of which is 3 inches long and moves at speeds upward of 100 MPH with the sweet spot (about 2.75 inches) of a round bat. The simple concept of that alone is mind-blowing, as you are not even allowed to travel at speeds of 100 mph in a vehicle without facing serious trouble. Yet some human beings are able to crush this little white “pill” about 500 feet out into the atmosphere.

These complications are why many people consider hitting a baseball to be the toughest thing to do in sports. Even one of the greatest athletes of all time, Michael Jordan could not find a way to succeed in baseball. Still, even getting to the minor leagues is an incredible accomplishment for the average human being, but Michael Jordan was not average.

With all that being said, baseball is very fun to play and a quick game can be played without much equipment being needed. If you are serious about playing baseball competitively there are many very helpful pieces of training equipment that can be acquired. Whether you want to improve your pitching, fielding or hitting, there is a piece of equipment made to help you improve your skills on the baseball field.

Since hitting is so hard to do, placing your focus on being able to make solid contact is a great place to start. If you want to practice your swing or even just practice crushing baseballs then there are many different training options from which to choose. From batting nets to pitch machines and swing helpers, there are many options that will improve your game.

If you are just starting out or struggle to keep your eye on the ball, a simple batting tee can go a long way towards improving your swing. This will help you develop great hand-eye coordination and help give you a better idea on where to make contact with the ball. Don’t feel like you are ever too old to use a tee, as some pros still use batting tees to refine their swing every day.

Recommendations For YouTanner Tee

One piece of equipment that I really like to help improve your swing is the SwingRail. The SwingRail is affordable and effective but what I like about it most is that it provides constant swing feedback and gives the hitter a much better idea on how well they are swinging the bat. SwingRail can be used anywhere you can swing a bat and can be used for all ages.

Playing defense in baseball is considered one of the easier things to do in the sport. Learning the proper techniques can take time, but once mastered, you will feel much more confident when a ball is hit your way. There are many great techniques and training programs made to help you improve your skills in the field.

I like the Rawlings Reactball as an affordable and great fielding aid. The ball looks and feels like a normal baseball, but this Reactball is designed to bounce irregularly and will help simulate the unpredictable hops and bounces of a baseball. Practicing your reactions to some of the most unique bounces will help you train for when the unimaginable happens out on the baseball diamond.

Next up, we will look at some methods to help you become a better pitcher on the mound. While you may not be able to throw 105 MPH right away like Aroldis Chapman worked his way up to in 2011, believe it or not, you can still improve your pitch velocity as your career goes on. Even pro baseball players find some extra velocity on their pitches after years of practicing and improving their game.

Mastering the art of pitching is a lifelong battle. Most athletes agree, if you consider yourself to be a pitcher, you will always be a pitcher at heart and will always seek to improve your craft. Even Major League baseball players find themselves tweaking their delivery or pitching motion throughout the season.

Refining your craft will always be a part of your life as a pitcher. One great thing about baseball and pitching is that it is humanly possible to continue to pitch effectively even as you approach your 40’s. Satchel Paige, the oldest pitcher to ever pitch in the Major League at 59 years and 351 days old, didn’t make his Major League debut until he was 42 years old and still left a lasting legacy as one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

You can work on your pitching skills in a wide variety of ways such as weighted baseballs, strike zone pitching nets, clocking your pitch speed with a radar gun and many others. If you are trying to master your pitch selection, having a baseball that has pre-marked finger placement can be really helpful to learn how to throw a variety of pitches. If you can find a way to have a combination of these tools, you should be well on your way to becoming a much better pitcher.

It all depends on where you feel you need the most help as a pitcher. If you need to work on your control, I would recommend the pitching nets with the pre-marked strike zone to practice your aim when pitching. If you would like to learn how to throw more than one pitch, the balls with the recommended finger placement on them would be most helpful.

If your energy or strength are lacking, then you may need to improve your fitness level. You can do that by becoming more physically fit by running more or lifting some weights. If you feel that your pitching mechanics are not consistent, maybe look into the Head Coach Throw Better Training tool.

As you can see, there are many different methods that can be practiced to get better at pitching. By using any of these tools frequently, as long as they are being used correctly, you should have no problems improving your performance on the pitching mound. If you can find a way to combine some of these tools and drills and do them over a long period of time, you should see much more consistency in your pitches.

There are many ways to improve your baseball skills day by day. One thing that you can do to improve your performance on the field is to take care of your body. By eating healthy and staying in shape by doing a lot of cardio you will find yourself in a much better position to score the go ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning.

You can do many everyday things to reach your potential like lifting weights or doing pushups to improve your strength. Despite popular belief, all your hitting strength is not derived only from your arm muscles. Many people believe having big arms is the key to hitting home runs, but many professionals will stress  things such as hand-eye coordination, quick hands/wrists and developing core strength can all lead to more pop at the plate.

There are tons of pieces of training equipment that will lead to improvement on the baseball diamond, but some of the most simple and oldest training methods can still help you get better at the game. Simple things such as practicing hitting a ball off a tee or a batting net to hit balls into can make a world of a difference on game day. No matter what your approach is, doing some form of training drills every day will help you develop your baseball skills and should lead to more production at the plate.

Here is a helpful video with some drills you can do in your backyard every day to improve your baseball skills:

TANNER TEE

TANNER TEE

How To Choose The Best Balls and Bats for Beginners

When you are just starting out, or maybe in the beginning stages of playing baseball, you may be better off starting out with some beginners training equipment. Luckily there are many baseball tools being made for all ages and sizes. Baseball has become so popular all around the world, so having the proper equipment for the players of all ages is important.

What To Look For

One of the first things to determine when selecting a good bat to start out with is which bat size would be appropriate for your stature. Here is another helpful bat sizing chart to help get you started. The idea here is that if you are using a bat too big, you won’t be able to effectively swing the ball properly to generate the best swing on the ball.

By having the correct bat size, you will find that you are able to make good contact on the baseball more frequently. That doesn’t mean you can’t still experiment with some different bats or bat sizes, these are just general recommendations from the experienced professionals with years of expertise in the game. Many pro ballplayers will still experiment with temporarily using another bat if they are going through a batting slump.

Another key component to keep in mind is what kind of bat are you looking to use? If you are looking to practice to get ready to play in a league, knowing their rules for which bats are allowed will be key.  For younger players looking to get into baseball using a wood bat, I would recommend the Sam Bat Youth LL CD1 Maple Baseball Bat for its ease of use.

Recommendation For You – Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 And  SKLZ Soft Cushioned Safety Baseballs 

If you are looking to hit with something other than a wooden bat to start out or maybe just have some fun hitting baseballs a long way, there are still plenty of other great bats out there. The Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 is a great beginner’s bat that comes in many sizes and complies with most youth baseball regulations. The bat is constructed of a durable alloy material combined with synthetic leather grips to help you maintain control.

For beginner baseballs, you do not need to go out and spend full price on MLB baseballs. Regulation baseballs are much tougher and can really hurt if someone is not prepared. Yes, it may be good to have one around to be able to practice with and to feel the difference, but practicing with a more affordable baseball may be more practical when starting out.

The SKLZ Soft Cushioned Safety Baseballs come in a 2 pack and offers a great beginners baseball for younger players that want to get started in baseball. This is the ideal baseball for a younger player, what I really like about it is the fact that it is cushioned. These cushioned baseballs should help make sure that nobody is afraid of the ball when it is coming their way.

For more help on how to choose a youth baseball bat here is a helpful video:

SAM BAT CD1 Maple Wood Baseball Bat

SAM BAT CD1 Maple Wood Baseball Bat

SKLZ Soft Cushioned Safety Baseballs

SKLZ Soft Cushioned Safety Baseballs

How To Choose The Best Baseball Bags

Baseball is just like all the other sports in that you need a lot of equipment to play from day-to-day. You could not possibly carry your bat, your cleats, your glove and your uniform and more all in your hands, could you? You can make things much easier on yourself by investing into one of the best ways to transport all of that equipment, a baseball bag.

What To Look For

While you may not be able to remember to pack everything you need for a baseball game every time you play, we understand, you are human. But there may be another way. The best way to stay prepared is by having a baseball bag with equipment all packed up and ready to go, should the opportunity arise.

When shopping for a baseball bag, you can have some fun with it. There is not much to specifically look for other than functionality. You want to make sure that carrying all of your baseball equipment is a breeze.

There are many baseball equipment items that you can fit in an average baseball bag. Some of the moree obvious items would be things such as your baseball glove, batting gloves, baseballs and baseball socks. But there are many other helpful things to keep in your bag that you could not possibly otherwise carry on your own.

Be careful not to over pack your baseball bag. You do not want to make the bag too heavy where carrying it to and from baseball games and practice events will become a challenge. You will want to save all your energy for when you hit the baseball field!

Recommendation For You – Athletico Youth Baseball Backpack

There are many different styles and variations of baseball bags available on the market today. To make things easier, I can recommend what I would go with to make your life easier. The Athletico Baseball Bag is perfect for transporting all of your equipment, including bats, with you wherever you go.

The Athletico bag is an awesome all-in-one baseball bag that can carry your cleats, helmet, bats, gloves and much more. The durable and breathable material is designed to help prevent contents such as your cleats from smelling too bad. The backpack is light and has a padded back panel for additional comfort.

This video gives an inside look into what a professional ballplayer keeps in his baseball bag:

Athletico Youth Baseball Backpack

Athletico Youth Baseball Backpack

Conclusion

Hopefully now you have a greater understanding of some of the many different options available that you can use to greatly improve your baseball skills.

My recommendations are just a small fraction of the great baseball products out on the market today.

Thankfully, baseball and the enthusiasts involved are always coming up with new innovations to continue to improve the next generation of baseball players.

With baseball being such an old sport, there have been countless amounts of methods, products, tips and drills developed over the 100+ years that the game has been around.

We are lucky as a society to have so many other baseball enthusiasts spread all across the world that are working tirelessly for the game to improve, even if it is in a small and subtle way.

Hopefully baseball will still be around for another 100+ years, who knows what the next great innovation in baseball will be and where it will come from?

There is so much great baseball equipment available on the market today that it can be hard to determine which equipment is the best for you.

I hope that by now I have cleared up a lot of the confusion when it comes to making purchase decisions for all of your baseball and softball equipment needs.

Now it is time for you to get out on the diamond and put all of this helpful baseball equipment to good use.

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