As you prepare for your organization’s next season, there’s no better time for a refresher course in the clear and comprehensive set of equipment specifications set forth by Little League Baseball.
Securing Your Helmet
A large majority of little league organizations take advantage of community equipment, where every players shares a universal set of helmets and other equipment, during the season.
Although convenient, when using community equipment the organization is responsible for ensuring each of their one-size-fits-all helmets actually fits every member of the team. If not, make sure different models are available for selection during game time.
Little League requires that each team must have six NOCSAE-approved helmets available for the team’s batters.
Loose-fitting helmets are likely to fall off as a player runs the bases, leaving them vulnerable to injuries. Checking that chin straps on helmets have snaps or latches that hold the strap in the correct placement can prevent injury.
Helmet manufacturers warn that once a baseball batting helmet has taken a hard hit, even just once, the helmet should be discarded and no longer used. Organizations should not wait for a crack to appear before assuming the shell has been compromised. A break can occur before an obvious crack appears.
No organization should alter helmets with any unapproved paint or stickers. Any modification will void the warranty. Applying paint or stickers to the shell can cause an adverse chemical reaction which may negatively affect the helmet’s protective ability.
For more details regarding Little League helmet regulations, refer for the LittleLeague.org website.
Intermediate (50 -70) Division/Junior League
Bats used throughout the Intermediate/Junior League are not permitted to be longer than 34 inches in length, nor more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter.
Bats made of wood must be no less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter at its smallest part.
Bats used in older leagues are not to be more than 36 inches in length, nor over 2-5/8 inches in diameter.
Similar to the Intermediate Division, wood bats shall not be less than fifteen-sixteenths inches in diameter at its smallest part.
An additional regulation at this division involves the weight of the bat. No bat shall weight more than three ounces less than the length of the bat. For example, a 33-inch-long bat can not weight less than 30 ounces.
All softball bats are required to be no more than 33 inches, or 34 inches for Junior, Senior, and Big League, in length. Softball bats are to be no more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter.
Wooden softball bats are to be no less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter at its smallest part. Wooden bats less than 30 inches long are to be no less than 7/8 inch at its smallest diameter.
Bats are able to be taped of fitted with sleeves so long as the distance does not exceed 16 inches from the small end. Non-wooden bats must have a grip made from cork, tape, or other composition material. Grips must extend a minimum of ten inches from the small end.
Colored bats are acceptable.
For additional information on Little League bat regulations, reference the LittleLeague.org website.
The Little League website also provides an Equipment Checklist and Guidelines for Appearance for all players preparing themselves for the upcoming season!
Using Your Registration
The registration process can act as the perfect time to collect information on the amount of equipment and sizes that your players may need for the upcoming season.
Demosphere’s RosterPro® Registration System allows for the creation of customized registration forms, unique to each program or season. With this feature, administrators can collect information ranging from uniform size to preference for helmet straps.
Customize your forms to collect information on bat dexterity – whether the players are right-handed, left-handed or switch hitters – and bat size so you can stock up on the appropriate gear and make sure each situation is covered before your very first practice.
Administrators can also take advantage of this customizable form as an opportunity to collect information about merchandise purchases. Specific items on the registration forms can be tied to custom fees/discounts.
For example, the “Buy Bat – $10” check box can be tied to a $10 fee. If a registrant were to check that box on their registration form, their account would be charged an additional $10 at the end of the registration process automatically.
For more information on the RosterPro® Registration System or how your registration forms can be utilized to collect equipment information before your first practice even begins, reach out to Demosphere at firstname.lastname@example.org!