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Welcome to LTJBSA!

Welcome to LTJBSA!

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS

One you have registered your child, it's time to get ready to play ball.  Whether they are playing Tee Ball, Softball, or Baseball, your player will need a bat, batting helmet, glove, and appropriate pants. Scroll through this page for helpful guidance on which items to purchase. 

Each Spring prior to the start of the season, our sponsor, Dick’s Sporting Goods in West Windsor, holds “Lawrence Little League Weekend" where all in-store items are discounted with a special coupon. Visit our homepage for timing and details. 

The following online stores are good sources for player equipment:

CHOOSING A BAT

🔴Tee Ball

  • Bats must have the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS.

🔴Little League Softball

  • The bat must be a softball bat the meets Little League specifications (not USA Baseball)
  • Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20
  • The bat must be less that 33" in length
  • The barrel must be 2 1/4" diameter
  • The bat may be alloy, composite, or wood. Two-piece bats are allowed
  • Wood bats may not be less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.
  • A non-wood bat must have a grip and the grip must be in good condition.
  • Tee Ball bats are not certified for use in softball

🔴Little League Baseball

  • The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League and has the USA Baseball mark.
  • The must be less than 33” in length.
  • The barrel may be either 2 1/4” or 2 5/8” diameter.
  • The bat may be alloy, composite, or wood. Two-piece bats are allowed.
  • A non-wood bat must have a grip and the grip must be in good condition.
  • Wood bats may not be less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
  • The use of batting donuts is prohibited.

🔴Babe Ruth League Baseball

  • The bat must have a composite barrel certified and marked with BBCOR .50 stamp
  • The bat may not exceed 34" in length.
  • The bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter.

A bat drop is the difference between bat length (inches) and weight (ounces).

  • For example, a 30” bat weighing 18 oz. has a drop of 12 (often written as -12).
  • Bats with higher drops (-11, -12) are recommended for young players.
  • These bats are easier to control through the strike zone, and will lead to better bat speed and swing mechanics.

Don’t buy a bat to “grow into”. A bat that is too long, or too heavy, will be difficult for a child to swing. This will lead to poor hitting mechanics, strike outs, and frustration.

CHOOSING A BATTING HELMET (NOSCAE-CERTIFIED)

Required for all players. For softball players, we also recommend using a NOSCAE-certified protective face mask.  If your player wants to learn to be a catcher, they will also need a NOSCAE-certified catcher’s mask (with dangling throat guard) and chest protector. 

 Important: Aftermarket batting helmet attachments (such as "c-flaps") are not allowed, as they void the NOSCAE certification. If your player wants a face guard, you must purchase a helmet with the guard integrated into the product. More information here


CHOOSING A FIELDING GLOVE

There are many different kinds of gloves. Players won't just play one fielding position all season long.  Its usually best to get a glove that can accommodate multiple playing positions.  Additionally, if your player wants to learn to be a catcher, they will also need a mitt specifically designed for the catching position. Also note that if your player wants to pitch,  per the rulebook they may not wear a glove that is "white, gray, or multi-colored." 



ATHLETIC APPAREL

LTJBSA programs provide each player with a jersey, hat, belt, and socks. Players need to provide: 

🔴Uniform Pants

  • Softball - all black
  • Baseball - grey with black stripe
  • Tee Ball players may wear athletic pants.
  • No players may wear shorts.

🔴Plastic cleats

  • No metal, no sneakers, not for other sports)
  • Tee Ball players may wear sneakers.
  • Protective cup for boys. Tee Ball boys do not need a cup.

🔴Water bottle labeled with your player's name.

🔴Cold-Weather Gear (Optional)

  • A long sleeve shirt to wear under a short-sleeve jersey on colder days.
  • This shirt must be a dark color (black, navy, grey, charcoal, or red)
  • Players cannot be on the field while wearing a light color shirt (such as white, light gray, neon yellow/pink/orange) as they are distracting. 


Contact

Lawrence Township Junior Baseball & Softball Association
100 Eggert Crossing Road, PO Box 6923
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648

Email: [email protected]

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