Getting ready for baseball season at our house means going through the usual yearly checklist. Let’s see, is the back of my SUV clean from Christmas clutter? Check. Big cooler washed out and ready for another season? Check. Got sunscreen, bag chairs, portable baseball umbrella, hot dogs in frig, charcoal for the grill? Check, check, check!
Now on to the kids list. Uniforms, sliding shorts, cap and cleats? Check. Baseball bag, socks, gum and a couple of baseball bats? Whoa, let’s hold it right here Folks!
As parents, something that always comes to mind when we’re preparing our children for baseball season is: “what’s the right baseball bat for my child?” Writer for askcoachwolff.com, Steve Kallas, blogs about a few very important guidelines.
“Much has changed in the landscape of baseball bats for the 2011 season.” In late 2010, Little League placed a moratorium on composite bats, with only a few exceptions. If you’re buying a new bat, be very careful, the rules have changed for this year and will change for 2012 as well. There’s a huge difference between bats … they’re definitely not all the same! But before I take you ’round the bases let’s review some terms:
Kallas mainly advices parents to choose bats wisely, realizing that metal bats are dangerous and will no longer be allowed after 2012. Be aware of bat sales and remember before you purchase, resist the little overachiever “can’t pass up this great sale” child within you!
Now, having summed up the new bat rules and advised you appropriately, let’s get back to packing my SUV and enjoying a day at the ball game. Sunflower seeds? Check. JoeShade portable baseball umbrella? Check. Iced tea? Check. For more baseball highlights please visit us at www.joeshade.com