A baseball/softball glove is an extension of the hand. They are held together by welts, bindings and laces.
Pocket - Allows the player to easily retrieve the ball and make quick plays
Backs - There are two types of backs for gloves
Back types are a matter of personal preference
Middle Infielder (second base/shortstop)
1st Baseman Mitt
|Glove Size and Common use by position|
|11 or less||Middle infield|
|Gloves are available in a variety of leathers, ranging from Good, Better to Best quality.|
|Synthetic Leather (Good)||Pigskin (Good)||Standard Leather (Better)||Pro Stock Leather (Best)|
|Soft, vinyl, man-made material||Step up from synthetic leather gloves||Price will be affected by the quality of the cut and the thickness of the leather as well as the quality of the bindings and welts||Highest caliber of leather available|
|Requires very little break-in, game ready||Requires very little break-in with more quality then synthetic leather||Game-ready glove||Longer break-in period but the glove will last longer|
|Great for youth players before later moving to a pigskin or leather glove||Game-ready glove||Mid price point||Lace will be full grain leather and thick cut|
|Lowest price point||Price point is slightly higher than synthetic leather gloves||Palm liner will be soft leather or deer skin|
Handle + Shaft
Wood Bats- Wooden bats come in different types
Aluminum Alloy Bats
Calculating Weight Drop
Tee Ball - Tee ball bats are for children 5 to 7 years of age
Little League - Little League bats are for children 7 to 12 years of age
Performance Factor - (BPF) regulation has been implemented.
Senior League - Senior League bats are for children 10 to 13 years of age.
High School/College - High School/College bats are for ages 13 and older.
Important note: As of January 1, 2012, BBCOR certification is required for all high school and collegiate bats.
Academy carries a variety of baseball/softball cleats.
Every brand carried at Academy Sports + Outdoors has the same cleat components.
The main components include the following:
The upper is the material that covers the top of the foot. - The three key components to the upper:
Mid Cut or 3/4 Cut
The material of an upper is usually selected for comfort, style and protection. Protection is an important feature of an upper to prevent dirt, sand, gravel and grass from entering the shoe.
Compressed Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (Comp EVA)
Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU)