Baseball kit

A guide to baseball equipment

There are three basic pieces of kit required to play baseball: the baseball bat, the ball, and the fielder’s glove or ‘mitt’. However, should you become more involved in the game of baseball, you may look to pick up some other specialized equipment as well. So, here is’s quick guide to the kit used in baseball.

The baseball bat
The most important pieces of baseball kit, baseball bats are used to strike the ball and are either made of a springy wood such as ash, or are made of aluminum. The rules of baseball state that a bat may be no more than 2.75in (7cm) in diameter and no more than 42in (107cm) in length.

The rules of baseball

The baseball
The ball is usually white with red lacing. It has a cork center wrapped in layers of rubber and string and is covered by pieces of leather that have been tightly stitched together. A baseball measures about 9in (23cm) in circumference.

The baseball mitt
The mitt or glove is used for catching. It is worn on the opposite hand to the player’s strong throwing arm. Mitts can be of different shapes to suit the player’s defensive position. Each defensive player, including the pitcher, wears a fielder’s glove.

Other baseball equipment
As you become more involved in the game, you may wish to buy specialist clothing for improved performance and added protection. Such items of specialist clothing include:

  • Cleated or studded shoes for added grip.
  • Protective helmets for batters.
  • Special protective gear for catchers who receive the ball from the pitcher, including a helmet, a cage-like face mask, a padded chest protector and shin guards.

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