Equipment Supplied by the League:
- LNGS jersey
- Shorts (6U) or long black softball pants
Equipment Supplied by the Players:
The following equipment requires specialized fitting and must be procured by the Players prior to evaluation day. For new players it may be helpful to visit a store that specializes in softball gear to get properly fit.
- Fielding Face Masks
- 6U required for all players
- 8U required for all players
- 10U required for all players
- 12U required for all infield positions
- 14U required for pitchers
- Softball cleats
- Comfortable softball cleats are very important.
- Metal cleats are not allowed.
- Match glove to ball size. If your division plays with an 11″ ball, use an 11″ glove MINIMUM. A slightly larger glove is acceptable too (11.5″ or 12″). Larger gloves will be heavier & harder for young players to use. Store your glove with a ball in it.
- 6U and 8U - 10" ball
- 10U - 11" ball
- 12U and 14U - 12" ball
- Batting helmet with face guard
- Necessary whenever a player has a bat in their hand.
- LNGS requires chin straps for 8U and 10U players.
- Must have face guard attached to the helmet.
- Make sure the helmet and face guard are "NOCSAE" approved.
- Make sure the helmet fits properly. Player should shake and nod their head with the helmet staying snugly in place. DO NOT look for larger sizes to grow into. Find one that fits now and it will last.
- USA Softball-approved bat
- Equipment Bag or Backpack - Necessary to keep track of your glove, batting gloves, bats, helmet, water bottle, etc.
Recommended Additional Equipment:
The following equipment is not required, but is STRONGLY recommended:
- Fielding Face Mask (now required for 6U, 8U, 10U and all pitchers)
- Sunglasses - Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to the sun's rays because their ocular lenses aren't yet mature and can't filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina. The average child takes in about three times the annual UV exposure of the average adult, and an estimated 25% of a person's lifetime exposure occurs before age 18. (ref)
- Sliding Shorts
- Knee Pads
- Batting Gloves
- Catching Gear - If your player has had some experience catching and plans to continue, she may want to procure her own personal catching gear that may be a better fit than the league-supplied gear.