Baseball Equipment Buying Guide
To ensure the safety of all the boys and girls that participate in Cary Youth Baseball and
Softball each year, we recommend and require certain equipment to be used at certain
levels of the league. We hope this can help act as a guide for choosing what equipment to
buy for your child/children before each season.
Shirts, socks and hats are supplied to all boys and girls participating in CYB. This leaves
pants/shorts, shoes, bats and baseball gloves as items for you to consider:
Pants: Pants can come in a few colors, but white are the most common. The traditional
style (3/4 leg) is the type of pant worn by most players, but full leg pants are certainly
Shorts: The girls’ softball teams wear shorts instead of pants. Some coaches will ask that
the girls buy a certain color to match their uniforms. All other girls should wear navy blue
shorts. Most athletic shorts come down to mid thigh or to the knee. CYB does prefer that
the girls do not wear “short-shorts”.
Sliding Pad (Softball Only): To prevent injury to the girls while running the bases and
sliding, a sliding pad is REQUIRED for all girls. This is basically a knee pad, but come in a
couple of sizes. The smaller sliding pad covers only the knee, while the larger style covers
the lower thigh and upper calf area as well. Either is fine. Try both and see which is most
comfortable for your child.
Protective Cup (Boys only): Although this is only REQUIRED for boys that play the
CATCHER position, it is recommended for all boys at all positions on the field.
Shoes: All baseball and softball shoes have one unique feature to look for that makes them
different than soccer shoes: the toe cleat. Baseball shoes have a toe cleat at the very tip of
the shoe that soccer shoes do not have. This helps players get better traction in quick
starts where sudden movement occurs. Look for this when purchasing shoes. Metal cleats
are not allowed in the younger leagues. They are allowed in the Pony and Colt baseball