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Equipment Requirements and Suggestions for Softball

Required Equipment:

  • Uniform is included with registration - Jersey, pants, socks and visor
  • Fielding Glove for defense
  • Batting Helmet – Batting helmet with face guard is required
  • Metal Fielding mask is required in 2024
    • Pitcher and 1st base position (3rd base for majors) are required to wear a fielding mask
      • We ask players to provide their own mask beginning in 2024
  • Athletic Outdoor footwear – Cleats are recommended (any style is ok, including soccer cleats); sneakers are ok, but not ideal for games
    • Metal spikes are not allowed

Optional Equipment Items:

  • Bat – teams are not provided bats to share and is recommended for players to have a bat but may be able to use a teammate. 
  • Please reference the Little League Bat Requirement below.
  • Batting gloves – personal preference
  • Bag for gear – personal preference to hold all gear within dugout

Per Little League International:

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.

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