Baseball Catchers Equipment

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Baseball catchers equipment is easy to spot as it drops out of the team duffel bag containing other safety gear such as helmets and pads. A catcher's regalia is the bulkiest, hottest, and heaviest uniform in the game, including that of the umpire. Mostly, they wear the same essentials as the men (and now women) in blue: a mask, a chest plate, an athletic cup, thigh pads, knee savers, leg guards, and foot plates.

What makes baseball catchers equipment that much more unwieldy is the constant movement required of the team's "backstop." Watch a great catcher like "Pudge" Rodriguez or Javy Lopez and you'll notice that they execute perfect fundamentals. Not only do they block home plate as rounding runners charge home, they dive in front of wild pitches and even back up first base on routine groundballs.

How much Baseball Catchers Equipment Is Necessary?

It's day one of little league, and your kid has just arrived home with the gleeful news that he or she is the team's catcher. While he or she seems just thrilled by the coach's choice, you're already a nervous wreck. You know the season ahead is one that's destined to be filled with bruises, gashes, and collisions. The first thing that crosses your mind is "How much equipment will I need to buy and what will it cost me?"

First the good news: if it's a well-funded league, the team should be able to cover the essentials without your contributing a thing. If your child is playing for a high school squad, however, he or she may well need to spring for baseball catchers equipment on his or her own. Beyond that, no matter what level your son or daughter is playing at, a full suite of protective garb is mandatory. If there's one position at which you can't afford to compromise on safety, it's at catcher. Your right fielder may not need that protective cup, but only a fool would crouch behind home plate without one.

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