Youth Batting Helmets

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Youth batting helmets are absolutely imperative for any little league or rec club. The first equipment expenditures ought to be made on helmets, for without them, all the two-tone jerseys and fitted caps in the universe are wasted--at least as far as fast-pitch baseball is concerned. Fast-pitch softball leagues are fraught with just as many potential hazards, though that risk is reduced somewhat when it comes to slow-pitch softball.

The most important aspect of youth batting helmets, above comfort, above style, is always safety. That means helmets should be constructed from an ABS plastic shell and fit snugly enough to prevent slipping. An ill-fitting helmet not only ups the odds of injury at contact, it also impedes the batter's effort to take evasive action on a wild pitch or throw.

The Safety Factor of Youth Batting Helmets

The majority of injuries suffered in organized baseball leagues consist of jammed fingers, twisted ankles, and sprained wrists. While these can be painful, they're rarely life-threatening. For the most part, they're incurred through baserunning accidents, slides, collisions, and diving plays on line drives and grounders.

The only real chance of serious injury or death surrounds pitched, thrown, or batted balls to the head. Even among nine- and 10-year-olds, balls move with enough velocity for kids to receive concussions or, in some rare cases, brain damage. This is not to scare parents and coaches out of letting their children play ball--no sport is without some degree of risk. Rather, it's to point out the need for youth batting helmets, which are the single greatest protection against tragedy.

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