Uniforms and Equipment
Darien Little League will provide each Junior, Major, Minor and AAA League player with a team cap and jersey. Players must purchase black pants and team socks. AA players receive caps and jerseys as well and softball pants are not required. The black pants and team socks are available at most sporting goods stores including Darien Sports Shop. A long sleeve T-shirt or sweatshirt in team colors is recommended as practices and games can be chilly in early spring. The Junior League will be issued jerseys, caps and shorts. Players only need to purchase socks. A sliding pad is also recommended.
*** Note that DLL Softball policy states that, for player safety, NO jewelry (including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.) may be worn during games and practices. ***
Rubber cleats are recommended and can be purchased in most sporting goods stores. Be sure of a good fit to avoid injury. Note: Metal cleats are not permitted.
Ages 6 to 10 - Purchase the largest glove (11”-12”) that will fit the player’s hand and one she can control. A soft leather glove is preferred over plastic or cloth. Do not spend a large sum of money on a glove because the player will outgrow this smaller size.
Ages 11 to 14 - Purchase the largest glove (11½” to 12 ½”) that will fit the player’s hand and one she can control. A quality soft leather glove is recommended because it is comfortable, easily controllable and less difficult to break in.
Buying a bat is not necessary as bats are provided to each team. If a player wants her own bat avoid purchasing one that is too heavy. Follow this simple rule of thumb – player should hold the bat by the handle, fully extended at arm’s length with the bat horizontal to the ground. Rotate the wrist so that the bat moves like a windshield wiper. If the player is unable to do this, then the bat is too heavy. We recomend a bat not lighter than a -12 drop.
Face masks are provided for certain positions (Pitcher, 1B, 3B). Many families choose to purchase their own.
Batting gloves are not necessary. However, most players find them helpful in maintaining a good grip on the bat and lessening the sting from a batted ball.
Sliding shorts are a spandex short with pads at the rear of the hips and upper thighs. They are worn either under the uniform pants or shorts. They are not mandatory but highly recommended, as they will eliminate “raspberry” type scrapes while allowing a player to learn sliding safely and without risk of injury. These shorts are available at most sporting goods stores. Purchase this item early as supplies run short.
Leg “sliding” pads are highly recommended for all Junior and major players.
If the player is going to practice at home, buy softballs similar to what she will be playing with during the season. 11” for the AAA, Minors, and 12" for Majors and Junior league players.
Batting helmets are supplied by DLL. However, many parents prefer to get players their own helmets to get the best absolute fit and to ensure best hygiene. Helmets can be purchased from most sporting goods stores. The price is between $20 - $30.
Other Useful Practice Items
A batting tee will allow your daughter to practice most of the hitting drills that are taught in the fall league and winter clinics. Batting tees are used in practice by most college softball teams to improve hitting mechanics. A pitch-back, or anything similar, can help some players with throwing and fielding when practicing by herself.