When choosing a face mask, you need to know the specifications your league has for a catcher's face mask. Most baseball leagues require a one piece face mask (hockey style). You don't want to spend $50 to $60 on a mask you can't use in the end. Another thing to keep in mind is that the mask will be thrown off during a game many, many times. A good fit is a must.
Finally you have your leg guards. Some catchers use knee savers, some chose not to. The guards are very important; you will stop a lot of wild pitches with your legs. Along with the hard front cover, there is a padded lining in the shin guard that should from the knee cap to the top of your ankle. You will want to make sure that the ankles are very well protected. In the end your cost for a complete set of catcher's gear will range anywhere from $150 to $350. Youth sets can be found for a little less. Some of the big chain stores will offer sets for even less but they may be harder to get a good fit from.
In addition to all the above remember you will need a catcher's mitt.
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