Uniforms and Equipment
Darien Little League will provide each player with a team jersey. Players should purchase black softball pants on their own. All players should purchase socks in their team color at Darien Sport Shop. A long sleeve T-shirt or sweatshirt in team colors is recommended as practices and games can be chilly in early spring.
*** Note that DLL Softball policy states that, for player safety, NO jewelry (including earrings, bracelets, watches, necklaces, or "taped over" earrings, etc.) may be worn during games and practices. ***
Rubber cleats are recommended and can be purchased in most sporting goods stores. Be sure of a good fit to avoid injury. Note: Metal cleats are not permitted.
Ages 6 to 10 - Purchase the largest glove (11”-12”) that will fit the player’s hand and one she can control. A soft leather glove is preferred over plastic or cloth. Do not spend a large sum of money on a glove because the player will outgrow this smaller size.
Ages 11 to 14 - Purchase the largest glove (11½” to 12 ½”) that will fit the player’s hand and one she can control. A quality soft leather glove is recommended because it is comfortable, easily controllable and less difficult to break in.
Buying a bat is not necessary as bats are provided to each team. If a player wants her own bat avoid purchasing one that is too heavy. Follow this simple rule of thumb – player should hold the bat by the handle, fully extended at arm’s length with the bat horizontal to the ground. Rotate the wrist so that the bat moves like a windshield wiper. If the player is unable to do this, then the bat is too heavy. We recomend a bat not lighter than a -12 drop.
Face masks are provided for certain positions (Pitcher, 1B, 3B). Many families choose to purchase their own.
Batting gloves are not necessary. However, most players find them helpful in maintaining a good grip on the bat and lessening the sting from a batted ball.
Sliding shorts are a spandex short with pads at the rear of the hips and upper thighs. They are worn either under the uniform pants or shorts. They are not mandatory but highly recommended, as they will eliminate “raspberry” type scrapes while allowing a player to learn sliding safely and without risk of injury. These shorts are available at most sporting goods stores. Also, Leg “sliding” pads are highly recommended for all Juniors and Major players.
If the player is going to practice at home, buy softballs similar to what she will be playing with during the season. 11” for the AAA, Minors, and 12" for Majors and Junior league players. For lower leagues a "softie" 11" ball is used.
Batting helmets are supplied by DLL. However, many parents prefer to get players their own helmets to get the best absolute fit and to ensure best hygiene. Helmets can be purchased from most sporting goods stores; they must have face guard.
Other Useful Practice Items
A batting tee will allow your daughter to practice most of the hitting drills that are taught in the clinics. Batting tees are used in practice by most college softball teams to improve hitting mechanics. A pitch-back, or anything similar, can help some players with throwing and fielding when practicing by herself.
Additional items such as tshirts, hats, sweatshirts and sweatpants can be purchased at: https://subshots.com/collections/darien-little-league