How to Ensure Your Baseball Helmet Fits
Baseball helmet technology has improved drastically over the last decade. The old days of collapsible “one size fits most” helmets are gone. Seeing players run with a shared team helmet parachuting behind their head is a perfect reminder that if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t protect.
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is the worldwide safety standard for batting helmets. The NOCSAE requires helmet manufacturers to put their helmets through extensive testing compliant with these standards to ensure the utmost safety and regulation in all helmets. Always look for the NOCSAE seal of approval when purchasing helmets!
New materials include polycarbonate shells that are very durable and can withstand impacts, and dense foam linings that absorb hits and also help the helmet comfort-form to the head. Protection is not only on the bill and sides of the helmet, but the back is also reinforced to protect from those inside pitches when the natural defensive movement is to turn your back to the pitch, which leaves the back of the head vulnerable.
The helmet should be placed on the head and pushed down into position. There should be about a finger width between the eyebrows and the bill of the helmet, and the bill should sit evenly, neither tilting forward or back, nor side-to-side. In Canada, all players under the age of 16 years old must use a chin strap. The chin strap must be done up snugly, securing the helmet to the head, allowing for no movement.
Most manufacturers will carry Junior, Adult, League, and some Pro helmet models, that are available in different finishes.
Our baseball professionals will fit your helmet to make sure that you have the utmost protection and comfort. The only thing you should be thinking about as you take that swing is how to get that home run, and not whether you have the proper head protection.
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Before stepping onto the field, head into your local Source for Sports Baseball and Softball store near you and ask one of our friendly and professional staff for the right helmet for your game, level of play, and budget. You'll leave the store with what you need at the right price, with the best advice. Source for Sports. We Fit Your Game.