By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to measure catcher's gear. Catcher's gear is crucial in protecting athletes from injury from balls, bats, and even other athletes. By choosing equipment that is appropriate for your size, you can ensure a good, injury free experience. Make sure to try on a variety of different brands of catcher's equipment before making a final decision.
- Use a tape measure to determine your body length. Measure the distance from your belly button to the very top of your sternum (otherwise known as your breastbone).
- Determine what size of catcher's gear is appropriate for your body length. Catcher gear comes in sizes ranging from peewee, youth, junior, and adult sizes. Typically children between the ages of 7 to 9 use peewee gear, and those between 9 and 12 use youth gear. Individuals with a body length of 15 inches use junior gear, and those with a body length of 16 inches use adult gear.
Try on the catcher's gear. Make sure that the equipment fits snugly, and that the shin guards are long enough to completely cover your shins. The helmet should fit securely on the head, and the chest protector's tail should hang between the legs. If you are concerned that the equipment doesn't feel comfortable or are worried about the amount of protection that it provides, consult with a local baseball coach or salesperson specializing in catcher's equipment. They will be able to give you guidance about what type of equipment will best suit your needs.