In this article, we are going to outline what your child needs for softball equipment this year.

Whether you're looking for softball bats, gloves, cleats, batting gloves, catcher equipment, softballs, batting helmets, training aids, or even umpire products, Sports Zone has you covered - check out our softball equipment section today!

Now let's dig in and take a look at the different elements of softball equipment your child needs to play their best this season.

What Does My Child Need For Softball Equipment This Year?

Softball Equipment Essentials

1. Cleats

Softball cleats must have rubber or hard plastic spikes. Metal spikes are therefore not allowed. However, soccer cleats are usually permitted. 

Price range: $35 - $50

These Mizuno spikes are perfect for your young softball player

2. Glove

Your child can't take to the field without this important piece of softball equipment: a glove!

Softball gloves differ from baseball gloves, and you can further distinguish between fastpitch and slowpitch softball. 

Here's a look at how the sizing works for each courtesy of softball.com:

Fastpitch Glove Sizing Chart

Age Infield Outfield
Under 8  9"-11" 10.5"-11.5"
9 to 13 10.5"-11.5" 11"-11.5"
High School 11.5"-12.5" 12.5"-13"
Adult 11.5"-12.5" 12.5"-13"

Slowpitch Glove Sizing Chart

Size Position
12"-13" Infield
12.5"-14" Outfield

Price range$75 - $250



Make sure you get a softball glove and not a baseball glove

3. Batting Helmet (With Facemask)

Some softball leagues will provide your child with protective helmets, but - just like in hockey - it's a good idea to invest in your own in order to ensure proper fit.

When looking for a helmet, make sure to purchase one with both a facemask and a chin strap. 

Faceguards are particularly important if your child wears braces, and they are important simply for an extra level of protection. Chin straps are an easy way to make sure your child's helmet is safe and secure. They’re easy to attach and can be adjusted to create a tighter fit. 

For helmets and facemasks, make sure you find one that is manufactured by the same company as the helmet to minimize any issues with attachment

Note: Most children'e leagues will supply bats, but as your youngster gets older, you might want to invest in one that fits their specific height and weight. Click here to see our softball bat sizing guide.

Softball Equipment: Where Your Child Can Play in Kitchener-Waterloo

The Kitchener-Waterloo area is home to two exceptional softball leagues for children.

1. Kitchener-Waterloo Minor Boys Softball: This association has been operating for over 50 years, and provides a range of leagues for all ages and competition levels.

2. Kitchener Minor Girls SoftballBegin with the Learn-To-Play (LTP) program for girls aged 5-6. It offers opportunities to practice the skills needed to successfully take part in competition softball as they get older.

 

Sports Zone has the best selection of softball equipment and related products

Softball Equipment Kitchener - Why Sportzone Is A Great Choice

Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

Hours:

  • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
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  • SAT 9AM - 5PM
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  • SUN 11AM - 5PM

What we offer

Sports Zone has a tremendous selection of softball equipment and related products.

That includes:

We carry all the top brands like Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville, EastonMizuno and Miken.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance baseball and softball gear, and we can do the same for you.

 

WHAT SPORTS ZONE CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

"A good selection of equipment, good prices, helpful staff. Best choice in KW for hockey or baseball."
(David Archibald)

 

Visit us today to get the best softball equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

You can also order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.