n my opinion, being a catcher is the most fun position you can have (yes, even better than being a pitcher!)
So than how come there are so few youngsters willing to be catchers in youth baseball/softball? I think it all boils down to their fears about getting hurt.
To help them overcome such fears, I am going to outline the types of catcher’s equipment and recommend
Whether you purchase catcher’s equipment as a kit or individually, you will need to ensure that each component’s fit and finish.
Catcher’s Protection Equipment
- Throat Protector
- Chest Protector
- Shin guards
- Groin flap (baseball only, removable, optional)
- Forearm protectors
Head Protection (i.e. Helmet)
When it comes to catcher’s head protection, there are two mains options:
- the traditional two-piece mask (i.e. skull cap + face mask)
- the hockey-style helmet
Each design comes with its own pros and cons that a player must take into consideration. For most youth baseball or softball players, the consensus is that more protection is better.
Catcher Chest Protector
- For chest protector, measure from the top of the collar bone (just below the neck line) to the waist. This will ensure the proper length for complete protection.
- When a catcher crouches down, the chest protector will naturally “ride up” so you do not want to measure from neck to waist because doing so will end up choking the catcher