O.K. O.K. O.K…… Don’t shoot the messenger! With Winter now upon us, I thought it would be a good time to share some tips on how to stay warm while playing baseball in the cold. It all starts with finding the proper cold weather baseball gear.
Inside this post, I will show you some of the cold weather gear that we have used throughout the years that kept us warm and proved to be the best value for the money.
Playing in cold weather can be a little uncomfortable at times, but with a few tips on playing warm and the right gear, you can enjoy playing the greatest game on Earth year round. 🙂
So without further ado, let’s check out our favorite cold weather baseball gear.
Cold Weather Baseball Gear & Tips – Hands
When I was playing as a kid, the thing I hated most was cold hands. The colder my hands got, the harder it was to grip the ball or bat, resulting in numerous throwing errors and stinging hands.
Swinging your hands and arms in a windmill motion helps to force blood to the fingers, making them feel much warmer.
Another great way to keep your hands warm is to keep a hand warmer pack in your back pocket. When you’re out on the field and in between pitches, keep your throwing hand in your pocket with the hand warmer.This is a good way to stay warm and be ready to make a play.
Batting in cold weather can really enhance the sting factor. Having a good pair of cold weather batting gloves is the best way to reduce, or even eliminate this problem.
Also, I always keep the batting glove on my non throwing hand under my mitt. I don’t recommend wearing the batting glove on your throwing hand as this usually leads to throwing errors. I have seen some thermal fielding gloves, but I haven’t had a chance to try any as of yet. The hand warmer pack usually does the trick.
The Franklin cold weather batting gloves that you see in the image are the batting gloves we use throughout the cold months. Assuming the kids can keep track of them, we can usually get at least 2 seasons out of a pair.
We have tried other cold weather batting gloves, but on a price vs features basis the Franklin gloves come out on top. They usually run around $18 – $30, depending on size, and come in a wide variety of colors to choose from.
You can click on the button below for the latest prices and to check out the different colors.
Cold Weather Baseball Gear – Body
Keeping the body warm while playing in cold weather can be difficult.
Don’t be idle!
When your off the field, stay active in the dug-out.
I always have the players jog in place while they are waiting to bat. Jumping jacks and windmills are another good way to keep the blood flowing.
I also recommend a well fitting long sleeve compression shirt and compression leggings as a base layer. I suggest the compression because it restricts movement a lot less than say, long johns or a pair of sweat pants.
The slight bit of pressure also helps to keep the muscles warm as an added benefit.
When it comes to compression cold gear, we usually go with Under Armour. We have tried a lot of others, but when it comes down to actually staying warm and the durability of the product, Under Armour has proven to be the best.
You can click on the button below to check out the shirts and leggings we use, and see the latest prices and styles available. We also made the page so you can see some other latest offerings from Under Armour.
The first 5 items you see are the ones we use.
Cold Weather Baseball Gear – Head
Most people agree that we lose a lot of body heat through our heads.
Since we are trying to avoid movement restriction, and will most likely not be wearing hooded sweatshirts, the best thing I have found is a good infrared or thermal hood.
Wearing one of these will allow you to maintain good vision in all directions and are breathable, allowing moisture to escape while keeping in the warmth. They are also easier to fit your hat over.
The Under Armour hood in the image above is a hood that we have used and has proven to keep our faces and neck area very warm, while still allowing moisture to escape.
If you clicked on the button in the body section, you probably seen this hood for around $29. I recently found a deal that was offering a 2 pack of these hoods for around $39.
I’m not sure how long the deal will last, but you can click on the button below to see if it’s still available.
Cold Weather Baseball Gear – Feet
Lets face it… The idea of running around the bases or running down a fly ball with numb toes doesn’t appeal to anyone.
Remember, don’t be idle. Always keep moving. By simply lifting your feet up and down, or jogging in place will go a long way towards keeping your feet warm.
I would also suggest a good pair of thermal socks, or sock liners. Make sure they are breathable. You don’t want your feet to get wet from sweat, causing them to get even colder.
These Carhartt socks in the image are what I use at work and on the field. They have always kept my feet warm and dry. You can click on the button below for the latest price.
It was always difficult to find a good pair of warm socks for the kids, especially when they were younger. There are a lot of socks for kids, it was just hard to find anything of good quality that fit well.
What I ended up finding were ski/snowboard socks.
They are a little more expensive than your average thermal socks, but they lasted through the the whole cold season.
Cold Weather Baseball Gear – That’s A Wrap!
Last and most certainly not least, I would like to thank all the parents!
I know how much time and sacrifice you put into your kids and sports. So dress warm, grab a warm (and hopefully waterproof!) blanket, a hot cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy watching them play.
Hopefully with these tips and gear, playing in the cold weather will be much more enjoyable.
As always, if you enjoyed the article on cold weather baseball gear, have any questions, or have an experience you would like to share, please leave a comment below. Hope to see you again soon ~Jeremy