Saturday, February 25, 2012

Catcher's Gear - Finding the Best Fit


With so many options on the market today, how do you find the best catcher's gear? Many things go into this selection, the level of baseball the catcher is playing is a good start, next how committed are they to staying with the game since there is quite a price range for catcher's gear and what are the rules regarding face masks in the league they are playing in? The chest guard will come in all colors and sizes and range of thickness in the padding. Some offer a lining that promotes air circulation as well. While a specific color may be cool or fun, it is the least important in the decision-making process. The best place to start is deciding on the appropriate size needed. Take a good measurement on the distance between the collar-bone and the hip bone. It is important to remember you will be in a squatting position most of the time and comfort is #1 on your list. Range of motion for a good catcher is an absolute must. After you have the correct measurement, then you can look at the features different manufacturers offer: memory foam, adjustable shoulder pads and removable groin protector. And last if you can find the specifications you need in your favorite color, go for it.

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.
S. Kemmerling is owner of My Baseball Usa, I am a baseball fan of several teams in the middle Michigan Area, Mt Pleasant High School Baseball, Central Michigan University Baseball, The Great Lakes Loons and The Detroit Tigers. Stop by our store to find quality baseball gear. You can find us at
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1 comment:

Brett Rodgers said...

My son just spent a lot of money on baseball catchers gear this season. He is really good and I hope that we can get him some looks from the scouts.