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What Equipment Do I Need To Buy For My Player?

Are you ready for the 2021 season? Make sure you have everything you need for your player to have a great Little League experience!

NOTE: Some of the equipment requirements have changed for the 2021 season due to COVID safety procedures. 

- All players should arrive at their first practice with a glove, bat, batting helmet, appropriate pants, rubber molded cleats (tennis shoes are fine for Tee Ball), and water bottle. 

- Batting helmets for 
all Softball Divisions, and for the Coach Pitch (A) and Coach/Player Pitch (AA) Baseball divisions require face guards.  

- Catcher's gear are provided to each team manager by Gig Harbor Little League. 

- All players will be given a jersey to use during the season, and a hat or visor that is theirs to keep. Your Team Manager will let you know which color pants, socks, belts etc. they would like you to purchase at one of your first practices. 

- Your player will also need a gear bag. 


Tee Ball 

1. Bat Rules - Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26″ and shorter) will feature the USA  Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must  feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. 

Click here for a list of approved Tee Ball bats

Click here for a online guide to buying a Tee Ball bat

Baseball 

1. Bat Rules - The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as  adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color  tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below,  Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo  signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. 

Minor/Major Divisions:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE 1: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

It shall not be more than 34″ inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE 1: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

NOTE 2: Also, permitted for the Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League Division are bats meeting the BBCOR performance standard, and so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Senior League:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.

NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.

NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2⅝-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2⅝.

NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. PENALTY – See Rule – 6.06(d).

2. Use of an athletic cup is mandatory in Baseball Minors Division and above. (“A” Coach Pitch through  Seniors)

Click here for a list of approved USABat Standard Baseball Bats

Click here for a guide on buying Baseball Gear

Softball 

1. Bat Rules - There is NOT a USA Standard for Softball Bats, so all bats are Little League-approved as long as  they meet the softball bats as outlined under Rule 1.10.  

Rule 1.10 – Softball
The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.

NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.

NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2⅝-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2⅝.

NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. PENALTY – See Rule – 6.06(d).

2. Make sure your glove is a Fastpitch Softball glove, not a Baseball glove. The pocket of a baseball glove  is smaller, and your Fastpitch player will struggle catch the softball with a baseball glove. 

3. For all of our Softball Divisions, all batters must wear a batting helmet with face guard. 

4. All Majors Division softball players must wear a protective face mask when playing a defensive position. 

Click here for an online guide to buying Fastpitch Softball Bats, Gloves and More


New To Little League?

Check out The Basics! A video series for any Little Leaguer or volunteer being introduced to baseball and/or softball for the first time. Follow the simple steps in each video to learn how to play the game, get out on the field with your team, and have fun!



Honoring the Game

The key to cultivating optimal adult behavior (and reducing misbehavior) in Little League is “Honoring the Game.”

Here are a few ways parents can contribute to a positive Little League environment so that children will keep having fun and keep returning to baseball and softball, where they can learn the life lessons they will need long after their Little League careers end.


Before the Game:
 
1. Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do. 
2. Tell your children before each game that you are proud of them regardless of how well they play.

During the Game: 
1. Fill your children's "Emotional Tanks." 
2. Don't yell instructions during the game. Let coaches coach. 
3. Cheer good plays by both teams.
4. Mention good calls by the umpires to other parents. 
5. If an umpire makes a "bad" call against your team, Honor the Game -- be silent! 
6. If other parents yell at the umpires, gently remind them to Honor the Game. 
7. Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, "Will this embarrass my child or the team?" 
8. Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.

After the Game: 
1. Thank the umpires for doing a difficult job for little or no pay. 
2. Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort. 
3. Remind your children again that you are proud of them -- win or lose.

This information is brought to you by Positive Coaching Alliance. To learn more, please visit www.positivecoach.org.


THE LITTLE LEAGUE PARENT/VOLUNTEER PLEDGE



    THE LITTLE LEAGUE PARENT/VOLUNTEER PLEDGE

    I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.

    I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.

    I will respect the decisions of the umpires.

    I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game. 

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 P.O. Box 2176
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

Email: [email protected]

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