The Runner

Baseball Buying Guide

 
Gloves
Age 5 & Under: All Positions

Good:

Rawlings Remix 9" T-Ball Glove

$14.99

Better:

Mizuno Youth Prospect 9" Glove 

$34.99

Best:

Shoeless Joe Jr 9" Glove 

$89.95

Age 6-7: All Positions

Good:

Rawlings Players Series 10" Glove

$19.40

Better:

Easton Professional 10" Glove

$39.99

Best:

Shoeless Joe I-Web 10" Glove

$109.95

Age 8-10: All Positions

Better:

Wilson A450 10.75" Glove

$42.95

Good:

Rawlings Sure Catch 10.5" Glove

$23.56

Very Best:

Nokona Alpha 10.5" Glove

$279.95

Best:

Wilson A500 10.5" Glove

$114.99

Age 11-12: Infield

Good:

Mizuno Prospect 11" Glove

$44.99

Better:

Rawlings R9 11" Glove

$119.95

Best:

Rawlings Encore 11.25" Glove

$159.95

Very Best:

Nokona S200-M 11.25" Glove

$319.95

Age 11-12: Pitching

Good:

Rawlings Sandlot 11.75" Glove

$79.95

Better:

Marucci Oxbow 11.75" Glove

$99.95

Best:

Wilson A2000 11.75" Glove

$279.99

Very Best:

Rawlings HOH 11.75" Glove

$298.95

Age 11-12: Outfield / 1st Base / Utility

Good:

Rawlings Pro Lite 12" Glove

$63.30

Better:

Mizuno Global Elite 11.5" Glove

$189.95

Best:

Mizuno Pro Select 11.75" Glove

$249.00

Age 11-12: Catcher

Better:

Wilson A700 32.5" Glove

$138.99

Good:

Akadema Youth Prodigy 32" Glove

$86.03

Best:

Nokona Alpha 30" Glove

$279.95

 
Bats
Age 5 & Under

Good:

Rawlings Raptor 24" 12oz

$29.99

Best:

Easton ADV 24" 11oz

$69.99

Better:

Easton Fuze 24" 13oz

$49.89

Age 6-7

Good:

Franklin Barracuda 25" 14oz

$29.99

Best:

Louisville Slugger Meta 25" 12oz

$79.99

Better:

Easton Maxum 25" 14oz

$49.81

Age 8-10

Good:

Easton Rival 27" 17oz

$39.99

Better:

Easton Speed 27" 17oz

$79.99

Best:

Lousiville Slugger 27" 17oz

$130.95

Very Best:

DeMarini The Goods 28" 18oz

$249.95

Age 11-12

Good:

Rawlings 5150 30" 20oz

$99.99

Better:

Easton Surge 30" 19oz

$129.99

Best:

DeMarini Uprising 30" 20oz

$162.99

Very Best:

DeMarini CF 30" 20oz

$349.95

Helmets
 

It's important to make sure your child's helmet fits correctly. To measure their head, wrap a soft tape measure around the widest part of the head, above the ears. Make sure the tape is level all the way around.

Use that measurement to find the perfect helmet. We have sizes listed in cm for accuracy.

All helmets listed meet NOCSAE standards.

Because of this, we are not labeling any helmet as "Better" or "Best", but will continue to offer a variety of brands and styles.

50-52cm

EvoShield XVT - Youth S/M

(Fits 48-52cm)

$29.99

Schutt AiR - XXS

$29.99

Easton Alpha - TBall

$37.95

53-54cm

Schutt AiR - XS

$34.99

Under Armour Converge - Youth

$44.99

DeMarini Paradox - XS

$49.99

Champro Hx - M

$42.95

54-56cm
This is roughly the age when kid-pitch begins which is why we're recommending helmets with face guards. Being hit by a pitch is inevitable so it's important to have extra protection where it counts.

Marucci Duravent - JR

$54.99

Rawlings MACH - JR

$54.99

Easton Pro X - JR

$74.95

57-60cm

Easton Z5 - SR

$54.95

Rawlings MACH - SR

$64.95

Easton Pro X - SR

$74.95

 
Cleats

Often, t-ball players will wear soccer cleats. That is perfectly acceptable. They are easier to find in small sizes.

Metal cleats are generally not allowed until High School so we are only listing molded cleats.

Toddler Size 8-9

Good:

Vizari Infinity Soccer Cleat

$25.70

Better:

Under Armour Glyde RM Jr

$31.97

Little Kid Size 10-13

Good:

Franklin Sports

$24.95

Better:

Adidas Icon 7

$30.00

Best:

Under Armour Glyde Mid RM Jr

$34.95

Best:

New Balance 4040 V5

(comes in wide sizes)

$45.00

Big Kid Size 1-5

Good:

Under Armour Leadoff Low

$29.95

Better:

Nike Vapor Ultrafly

(comes in wide sizes)

$79.99

Better:

Nike Alpha Hurache

$69.99

Catching Gear
 

All helmets and chest protectors listed meet NOCSAE standards.

While you can find cheaper items on the market, we can't stress how important safety is.

Because of this, we are not labeling any set as "Better" or "Best", but will continue to offer a variety of brands and styles.

Ages 5-8

All-Star League Series

$179.99

Rawlings Player's Series

$189.99

Ages 9-11

All-Star League Series

$147.99

All-Star Player's Series

$219.95

Wilson C200

$289.95

Ages 12-15

UnderArmour Victory Series 

$241.54

Easton Elite X 

$369.95

All-Star System7 

$429.95