If you want to start playing softball in your school, you’re going to need a bit of equipment to get you started. The good news is that good softball equipment for schools will last for years to come, so a small investment in the beginning can generate hours of softball fun for years to come. If you want to get softball off the ground in your school, you’re going to need the following gear…
- Softball gloves
How to choose softball equipment for schools
Good softball equipment for schools will last for years to come, which is music to PE teachers ears. And you definitely don’t need the best gear to get started.
Softball gloves come in plastic and leather. The leather ones will last a very long time and are usually higher quality than the plastic ones. Leather gloves are a worthwhile investment. Remember that gloves are worn on the non-dominant hand. So you will need to get a range of left hand gloves (for right handed throwers) and right hand gloves (for left handed throwers).
There are many different types of softballs available. Match balls come in 2 sizes, 11” and 12”. In adult co-ed games, the smaller ones are used for female batters while the larger ones are for male batters. Younger players under 11 will usually play with an 11” ball while older youth teams will play with the larger ball.
There are many different bats available. Slow pitch, fastpitch and baseball all use different bats. Slow pitch bats are 34 inches long and range in weight from 26 ounces to 30 ounces.
Fast pitch softball bats range from 26 inches to 32 inches for youth players and 30-34 inches for older players. The weight will be shown as a ‘drop weight’, which indicates the length to weight ratio. So, a 32 inch bat with a -8 drop weight would weigh 24 ounces.
A cheap aluminium bat is perfect for getting started. You could also ask local leagues if they have any second hand bats available.
If you plan to enter teams in a league, make sure you check the rules for bats, as they will need to be approved for that league.
Helmets are essential to play the game safely. All players should wear a helmet when batting and while running the bases. For this reason, you will need at least 4 helmets to play safely (assuming 3 players on bases and 1 player batting). Kids heads vary in size, so make sure there are a range of sizes available to ensure a snug fit.
A set of throw down bases will allow you to play the game on any field or astroturf pitch, or even in an indoor sports hall. You can also buy padded bases with stakes on the base which can be used on grass fields. If you don’t have the field markings, you can use a piece of string to measure out your field. Get the official softball field measurements here.
You’ll also want a big bag to keep all of your equipment safe. And finally, you might also want to buy softball training aids like batting tees and pitching screens to upgrade practice.