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Essential T-Ball and Coach Pitch Equipment for Beginners

Updated on May 31, 2016

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Equipment

Start your first season off right with this list of equipment!
Start your first season off right with this list of equipment! | Source

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Equipment List

Signing up your child for his or her first year of T-Ball or Coach Pitch is a very exciting time for both the parents and the child. Filling out the consent forms and paying the registration fee is often the easy part. Selecting the right kind of equipment for your new ball player could be a little more difficult. Starting our first ball season last spring, I have compiled a list of essential equipment that your T-Ball or Coach Pitch beginner will need to ensure a great first season.

**Note to Parents - When shopping for all the essential equipment, bring along your child to ensure a proper fit. I know it may be tempting to go ahead and buy that larger size to save money in the long run but it is highly recommended to buy equipment that fits the size of your child. A proper fit will ensure a successful first ball season!

How to Break In Your Child's Glove

A good way to break in your child's glove is to buy a glove oil or a leather conditioning oil to apply to the glove. Rub in well on the inside and outside of glove. Put ball in middle and wrap a shoelace or large rubber band around the glove. Leave the glove wrapped for 24 hours. Open and practice catching a ball with glove. If glove is still too stiff, repeat process until the glove easily opens and closes.

Glove

Choosing the right size glove for your T-Ball or Coach Pitch player is so important. Depending on your child's hand size, glove sizes for ages 3 to 6 years are between 8 to 11 inches in length.

To ensure a proper fit, have your child try the glove on and ask if they are able to open and close it. Opening and closing the glove is a good indicator that it is the right size for your child. For our 5 year old, we bought an 11 inch glove which was a great fit for his first year of Coach Pitch.

It is important to remember that most new gloves will be very stiff. You can remedy that problem by "breaking in" the glove with a leather conditioning oil and following the directions in the highlighted box.

Bat

Whether you are starting out in T-Ball or Coach Pitch, the bat size for your beginner is basically the same. The average length of bats for 3-6 years are 24 to 27 inches. The weight may also vary anywhere from 13 to 17 oz.

To ensure the correct length and weight for your child, don't be afraid to let him or her test it out. Often times, sporting goods stores will allow your child to take practice swings with the bat in a safe place inside or outside of the store to make sure you are purchasing the correct size for your new ball player.

Ball

The ball size in weight and diameter will vary within different leagues. Be sure to ask the dimensions of the ball your league will be using in games. The balls used in both T-Ball or Coach Pitch are typically a little bit larger and much softer than a regular size baseball. This type of ball helps lessen the severity of injuries for the first time ball players. Our son's Coach Pitch team used an 11 inch diameter soft training softball in his games.

Helmet

Another essential piece of equipment for both T-Ball and Coach Pitch is a batting helmet. There are many different options of helmets including color, an optional face mask, and ones with a detachable chin strap. Most leagues encourage all players to buy their own helmet to help prevent the spreading of lice.

We originally bought the helmet with a face mask and chin strap. We quickly found out our son had issues with the face mask making the helmet too heavy on his head. He did so much better when we removed the face mask making the helmet much lighter for him. We did keep the chin strap attached to ensure the helmet did not fall off while he was running the bases.

T-Ball or Coach Pitch Cleats

Rubber studded cleats are best suited for this young age group.
Rubber studded cleats are best suited for this young age group. | Source

Cleats

Depending on league rules and regulations, your child may need a pair of cleats to play T-Ball or Coach Pitch. The rubber studded cleats are appropriate for the 3 to 6 year age group.

Wearing cleats rather than tennis shoes is better for your child providing more traction while fielding and running the bases. Though it may be tempting to buy that next larger size for your child, stick with the ones that fit properly to ensure no unnecessary blisters on your ball player's feet.

Bat Bag

Keeping up with all this essential equipment is often a challenge for both first time ball players and parents. I highly recommend going ahead and purchasing a bat bag to carry it all. For the younger age group, find a smaller size bat bag for your child to carry. Be sure to make certain the batting helmet also fits in the bag.

Most sporting goods store carry both the one shoulder strap bat bag and also a backpack style for the younger ball players. Struggling the first couple of practices trying to haul all that equipment back and forth from the car to the field taught me a valuable lesson - a bat bag is a necessity for every ball player!

A Memorable First Season

Ending our first Coach Pitch season with a trophy!
Ending our first Coach Pitch season with a trophy! | Source

Selecting the Right Equipment for a Successful First Season

Along with the above essential pieces of equipment for your T-Ball or Coach Pitch player, you may also have to make other purchases such as sliding pants/shorts, baseball/softball athletic socks, batting gloves, etc. You will usually receive a list of any other necessary items from the coaching staff within the first couple of team practices.

Selecting and purchasing all the essential equipment for your beginner T-Ball or Coach Pitch player will ensure a successful first season for both you and your child. I hope this information has been helpful to prepare your little one. If you have any questions or want to leave feedback about this information, feel free to add these in the comment section below. Enjoy all the fun, laughter, and the many memorable moments of your child's first season of T-Ball or Coach Pitch!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great overview! That's not as much equipment as I thought might be needed- total bonus! Thanks for sharing your advice!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Simone! It's not too bad of a list. I did learn the hard way having your child with you while you shop is really important. The first bat we bought him was way too long and unfortunately we couldn't return it. Oh well, he will already have the bigger bat when he outgrows his current one :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      My son will start t-ball this summer. It costs $130!!! Now I find that all this equipment is needed as well? Very informative hub. Why is T-ball so expensive? It's T-ball. I vote up and useful.

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      amilypitt 5 years ago from Washington, USA

      Very informative hub. Although everyone knows the things but are not able to take the right decision at the the time of first shopping. I wish this hub will help to choose the right things at the right time.

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Alissa, this is an excellent hub. Easy to read and covers all essential details very well. Congratulations on Hub of the Day! You deserve it!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh my daisyflowrs $130!! The registration fee in our area is only $40. But I did spend over $125 on all the equipment. Technically you only have to get a glove, helmet, and cleats. But if you want to practice at home then you will need the bat, ball, and maybe a tee since your son is starting out in t-ball. I suggest the bat bag too because hauling all that stuff and keeping it together was quite a struggle for us. It is expensive but was well worth all the fun we had last year. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Great Hub and Congrats on Hub of the Day! My 5 year old will be getting his own helmet this year. We used the team helmets last year and it kept falling off his head. We did have him put his baseball hat on backwards under the helmet - that did help but I would love to have the chin strap! Love t-ball - super funny to watch!!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much amilypitt! Although both my husband and I played ball growing up, it was difficult choosing the right equipment for our son. There were just so many options to choose from. I also hope this will be helpful to other parents whose little ones are just starting out. Appreciate you reading and leaving your comment!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Cliff! Hub of the day was a nice surprise to wake up to this morning! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Keeley! The chin strap does work wonders helping that helmet stay on the head. They are indeed so cute and funny to watch at that age! We are really looking forward to this season! Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

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      Prasanna Marlin 5 years ago from Sri lanka

      Very informative hub.Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      Have a nice weekend - Prasanna

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      LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      The information in this hub is nicely presented. Congrats on making Hub of the Day.

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      daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thank God for grandparents! My son can play T-ball!!!!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much prasonline! Hub of the Day was a nice surprise! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Lori! Happy to hear that! Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Yay daisyflowrs! Grandparents are the best! You all are going to have so much fun this ball season!

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      Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      This is a must-hub for parents whose kids are into baseball. I might as well follow your tips, Coach A. :D

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So happy to hear that this hub will be useful to others :) Thanks so much Arian for stopping by, commenting, and for the follow!

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Couldn't agree more, youth sports is vital!!!!!!!!!!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Absolutely they are vital and so much fun to watch at that age! Thanks so much KDF for stopping by and commenting!

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      Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada

      Nice hub but you are missing the Most essential piece of baseball equipment...the cup! AKA "the can."

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Bruce for the mention of that valuable piece of equipment for the boys :) That one was a much debated topic among the moms of the boys on the team. Some felt at 5 years old they were too young to have to wear one and the others took the better safe than sorry route and went ahead and bought one. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Allissa,

      On any team that I have ever coached it has been mandatory to wear such protection...and required by our baseball association. When players get older we do "can" checks with bats...the guys that flinch aren't wearing them! :) Most sliding shorts these days have a "cup holder" that is probably as comfortable as it gets.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Lol another reason I am glad I am a girl and not a boy :) In our league, it was not a requirement (not even addressed really) but I do think it is a good idea for little boys to wear one just to be safe. I am sure I will see this as a requirement once he moves up to the older leagues.

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      baseballbrains 5 years ago

      Wow, lots of great information here, good job!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much baseballbrains! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks andyglean! I have never had any experience in dealing with catchers gear due to neither of my boys have ever played that position. Sorry for not being able to help but I appreciate you stopping by!

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      ann 3 years ago

      Does anyone know if a cup is necessary for t-ball? I am concerned about my 4 year old playing.

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      Jeanna 13 months ago

      Thanks for all the info . I just signed my grandson up for T ball last weekend and it has already cost me a ton $200 just to register and that just allows him to play and includes his team shirt . I've already went out and bought him his batting gloves , helmet , bat , bag of balls , batting T , and that cost me a around $100 but I never even thought about a bat bag I'm going to have to for sure go and get that it will make things much easier . And also thank you for Bruce for bringing up the " cup" I didn't think of that either that's going on my list of things to get . I'm almost their Cleats , cup, bat bag , glove .... It may have cost more then I thought but in the long run the smile on my grandsons face is going to be PRICELESS . Thank you for your help I would have went to the store without him thinking it would have been easier

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      Dr Brad Kayden 2 weeks ago from Chicago, IL

      Hi Alissa - it is a fun time for families but it can get overwhelming. I am going to share your article with our community of families with early learners in sports on Facebook. Many are also entering this early phase of baseball or soon will be.

      It seems so logical until you combine the rest of our daily parenting responsibilities on top of it and that is what makes your list so valuable. We tend to forget the most basic things, as parents, and need reminders like you've provided. An evergreen article, thanks for sharing Alissa.

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