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pinchrunner

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Catchers wear more protective equipment than any other softball player. What would I need to buy if I was interested in taking up the position? And how expensive is it?

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you will have to buy a chest protecter, shin guards, knee savers (if you would like but you don't have to), a catcher's helmet, and a good solid catcher's glove...

the expensive part...well i have been catching for like 5 years so i have gone through 3 sets of catcher's gear but have bought 6 helmets...and it really depends on what gear you buy...so it can get expensive...but you can buy used gear and then just buy a new helmet...

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Do you recommend wearing a throat guard?

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no not really i dont wear one but i have also been hit in the throat...
you can start off with wearing one and then after a couple of weeks or months just take it off...
it sometimes can get in the way of your chest protector...thats why i dont wear it...
i do think that you might want to wear sunglasses so you dont get things in your eyes...

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if your catchers gear budget was enough to get mostly used stuff but one nice piece of equipment, what should you buy? You seemed to indicate before that the helmet is the piece of equipment to upgrade before any others—why? And why isn't it the glove or some other piece of equipment that you would want to spend the most money on?

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i throw my helmet when i throw the ball or a play is coming my way...
but you may not...
so helmets seem to unsnap in the back and if it does that a couple of times then the helmelt is done for you and will need a new one...that has happened to me alot...
but it may not happen to you...
my catchers gloves have lasted a while...i have gone though only three gloves and so far thats why...

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My daughter has been a catcher for over 3 years now, and one of the biggest things to consider is comfort and weight of the equipment. The chest protector needs to be narrow enough when they have thier hands together, such as making a tag, so it doesn't bunch up in the middle. She likes the Mizuno gear because it has a slimmer fit at the shoulders so this doesn't happen, and also it is light weight gear. Really she just needs to try on different brands and see what she is most comfortable in, because catching in a 90+ degree day is hard enough with the right gear.

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Each different person has a different fit and style they like to use, so I would recommend trying some different things on. If you want to get a quick look at what might be best I would go to baseball bargains, they're descriptions are great, so you might not even have to try anything on. I would definitely check them out if I were you. Here's a link to their website.

https://www.baseballbargains.com/product-category/catchers-gear/ 






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