Picture this: You have driven your son/daughter to baseball/softball at least 3 days a week, if not more. It seemed like you lives in your car, and survives on snack stand food or drive-thru fare. You came home at night exhausted and bitten up from all the bugs. Sitting on the bench made your behind permanently sore. But after all the runs are scored, and the last piece of equipment is put away, what then? What happens when the baseball season is over?
My son has been out of baseball for several years now, but I still do miss it. I enjoy helping new baseball parents learn the ropes. Cherish the time you spend as a baseball parent, it will be over before you know it!
First, Sit Down And Relax When The Baseball Season Is Over
You earned it! Being a baseball parent is one of the most rewarding things. You get to have fun, learn a few things, and watch your children learn perseverance and that hard work pays off. No matter if your child’s team wins or loses, the lessons learned will last a lifetime.
Kick back with your favorite drink and reflect on the fact that you were a big part of this lesson, because you showed them dedication and seeing things through.
Ok, now that you have enjoyed your rest and your adult beverage, let’s get to the nitty gritty of what you need to do after the baseball season is over.
How To Prepare For Equipment To Be Returned
Take some time to carefully go over the uniform, checking for tears and loose buttons. Take a few minutes to repair them before you wash the uniform thoroughly. Our uniform shirts belong to the organization and need to be returned in a timely manner. Getting this done first will ensure that it is ready to go when the time comes.
Our kids purchase their own pants, so I am usually not as concerned about those. I do take time to soak them in a bucket before I wash them. I have yet to see a single pair of my son’s pants without grass stains.
One of the things I loved as my son moved up in the ranks is that they purchased their own t-shirts, so returning anything was never a concern for us. It may be worth it to invest in a few shirts so during the week you have 3 games, you only have to wash one time!
How To Clean Your Player’s Cleats Before Storing Them
Good cleats are an important part of playing baseball. Taking time to clean them well, get rid of the dirt accumulated, and checking for rips and loose parts makes it easier to store them for the Winter season.
Using a cloth with a little bit of Dawn detergent makes the job much easier. After they are completely dry, take a moment to spray them with Lysol, you will be glad you did when they get pulled out in the Spring.
Empty Out The Bat Bag When The Baseball Season Is Over
Take a few moments to turn it inside out and shake out all the dirt. Wipe it down and let it dry before you put it away. If possible, store it empty during the winter if you have room to put their equipment somewhere else.
Take the time now to inspect your player’s helmet for cracks and other broken parts. The helmet is one of the most important safety equipment you have, and it should be a priority. If anything looks amiss, dispose of the helmet and make a note that you will need to purchase a new one in the Spring.
If you don’t have a place to store your bats or helmet somewhere else, reload the bag and place in a closet in your home. I don’t recommend storing equipment in a shed or garage unless it is heated and free from moisture.
Properly Clean And Store The Glove When The Season Is Over
Most baseball kids know how to take care of their glove during a game, but don’t always remember to season it for the Winter. Get some glove cleaner from your local sporting goods store, and clean using the directions. Before you store it, stick a clean baseball in it, and then rubber band it. That will help it hold its shape during the off-season.
Another tip is to store it in a clean, dry place. Don’t leave it outside in the garage or shed, as the fluctuating temperatures can do damage to it. At the same time, make sure it is in an area free from moisture. I recommend you store it in a box in a bedroom closet.
Make A List Of Items That Need To Be Replaced
Make a list of everything that needs to be replaced. Things like socks, undershirts, baseball pants, etc. In the Spring, check to make sure that your son’s athletic supporter is the proper size to meet his safety needs.
Check with your organization’s rules if they will need a different bat for the next season if they are moving up in the baseball system. Start keeping your eyes out for sales, your bank account will love you for that.
Think About Donating Outgrown Equipment To A Charity
There are times that your player grows out of their equipment faster than the equipment wears out. So a nice thing to do would be to donate the equipment to a local charity or youth baseball league that doesn’t have a large budget. They will greatly appreciate it, and it is a nice way to see the bat or cleats or helmet won’t go to waste.
As much fun as baseball is, there is the time when it has to come to an end. Keep track of equipment and keeping it in good shape can seem like a daunting task. But, it really can be easy, and not take a lot of time. In the end, the time spent caring for the equipment will save you time and money in the future.
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