Catching Gear Baseball
Some of the top brands supply Catching Gear Baseball models. Easton, Mizuno, All Star, Schutt, and Under Armour, to name a few.
For the catcher position in particular, this is the most valuable protective equipment you can ever invest in. It can make the difference between a victory or loss. When the catcher blocks a ball, preventing a runner on third from scoring. When he catches a ball foul tipped right into his glove. And when he guns down a runner attempting to steal a base. That is the power of the gear he is wearing. For if he did not have a sufficient protector, the ball would trickle farther away on blocks. If his helmet was not top flight, he would have flinched at the point of contact and missed the foul tip strike three. And if his leg guards were faulty, he would have tripped or double clutched before ever releasing the ball to hose down a potential base stealer.
Catcher Gear Additional Components:
Each set will most definitely include a helmet, a chest protector, and leg guards. This does not limit sets to this trio alone, though. They can also include knee pads for additional inner knee protection (IKP) to accompany the leg guards. For sets that offer two piece helmets, a mask and skull cap can each come sold or packaged separately. Thumb guards or wrist guards are also worth inquiring about. Some companies do offer such accessories to accompany the main set.
No one's saying you can't take your time. But the longer you wait, the more likely someone from an opposing team will snag the gear you had your heart set on. Therefore, you should act now during the winter time, so you have plenty of practice to familiarize yourself with the gear you will wear at the start of the season. Once you do, you will realize you've found a keeper when the set physically feels like it can send you soaring through the ranks for many years to come.