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Support Your Local Slugger

Aug 18, 2007
Baseball is not only America's pastime when it comes to sitting down in front of the TV and watching a good game. Baseball is one of the many sports played by thousands at the intramural level. Played by kids and adults across neighborhoods around the United States, baseball encourages good health and fitness, teamwork and coordination and builds community. The important thing for youth and adults alike is to make sure they take the playing field in the proper attire.

Shirts and undershirts

Most leagues will have a shirt or jersey that all players wear which is typically purchased through a wholesaler or local sporting goods store. However these jerseys are not built for safety as much as team identity and an undershirt is required with them. The best undershirt to purchase for fall and spring play is a long-sleeved wicking compression performance shirt. Synthetic wicking fabric allows the sweat to be drawn away from the body and compression keeps the player warm to make sure their muscles are ready to play. This helps the player sustain less injury and makes them less prone to muscle strain. For warm summer play the shirts also come in a short-sleeved version. Warm muscles mean less muscle trauma.

A good pair of pants

What most people think of when the subject of baseball pants comes up is just how hard it is to get dirt and grass stains out of them. However there are some things to consider before they get grass stained. Baseball pants should be made of a stretchy material that allows for fuller leg movement (and hopefully is easy to wash). The thigh of the pant should be relatively loose to allow the player a range of motion when running. The pants should also have a flared cuff at the bottom so it can be taken off or put on over the cleats. Baseball pants should have good elastic rimming at the top to hold the shirt in place. That way skin is not exposed to the sun or ground when sliding.

Sliders

Of all the things baseball players do through the course of a game, one of the most dangerous is sliding. It has the potential to cause groin injuries and tear up the skin or harm bones in the hip and pelvic area. Sliders are extended undergarments with padding on the hips, buttocks and a reinforced cup to protect the player as they roll across the ground. A good slider must fit correctly so make sure the athlete who is going to wear them tries them on in the store. They should fit comfortably, but not be loose. Buying a slider is a good investment in the long term health and safety of a ball player.

Baseball is a sport that offers athletes great rewards, esteem, and challenge. However, with those rewards some risk is incurred. Making sure the player has the correct pants, shirts and safety apparel will help keep this game a positive part of a happy, healthy lifestyle.
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