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Baseball Catcher's Gear

Learn About Baseball Catcher's Gear


Catcher’s gear, whether it’s youth catcher’s gear or equipment for adults, consists primarily of a mask/helmet, chest protector, and leg guards. There are various other accessories available that you can add for protection or comfort. But if you’re playing baseball or fastpitch softball, all you really need to start as a catcher are these three essential pieces. First, you either need a mask/helmet combo or a hockey-style all-in-one mask. Second, you’ll need a chest protector, which will cover the front of your shoulders, your chest, and your abdomen. And finally, you’ll need leg guards, which will cover your knees down to the tops of your feet.

From brands like All-Star, Easton, Wilson, Rawlings, and more, you can either buy these pieces separately or together as a combo. Whichever avenue you take, be sure to include a catcher’s bag, as a regular baseball or softball bag probably won’t be big enough to fit all your catcher’s equipment plus any other gear. Some combos will include the bag in the package. You’ll also want to consider various accessories in addition to your catcher’s gear, such as a throat protector that hangs off the mask, or knee savers, which are cushions that clip onto the back of the leg guards to make squatting easier on the knees.


What is the best baseball catching gear?

Our top brands for catching gear are All-Star, Easton, and Rawlings. All of these brands offer full catcher’s gear sets to fully kit out your catcher with one purchase.


What does the catcher wear in baseball?

Catchers gear consists of three main components: legs pads, chest pad, and a mask. All three pieces are required to play the position. Catchers will also use a specialized catcher’s glove that has additional padding and a unique catch area.


Is baseball and softball catchers gear the same?

The mask and shin guards are relatively the same across baseball and softball. The difference comes from the chest protector. Fastpitch chest protectors will sometimes have a different break in the padding to fit women better and will not feature a groin protector like some baseball chest protectors do.


What is the best baseball catching gear?

Our top brands for catching gear are All-Star, Easton, and Rawlings. All of these brands offer full catcher’s gear sets to fully kit out your catcher with one purchase.


What does the catcher wear in baseball?

Catchers gear consists of three main components: legs pads, chest pad, and a mask. All three pieces are required to play the position. Catchers will also use a specialized catcher’s glove that has additional padding and a unique catch area. 


Is baseball and softball catchers gear the same?

The mask and shin guards are relatively the same across baseball and softball. The difference comes from the chest protector. Fastpitch chest protectors will sometimes have a different break in the padding to fit women better and will not feature a groin protector like some baseball chest protectors do.


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