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POLL: Are Kids Getting Priced Out of Baseball and Softball?

A NY Times article explores the era of the $250 baseball bat

Did you have to buy a new baseball glove for your Little Leaguer this year? Did you pay more than $100 for it?

How about a $250 bat?

New York Times story headlined "Big Price Tags Attached to Even the Littlest Leagues," looks at the big business of equipping youngsters for participation in youth baseball and softball leagues, quoting those costs and more.

"A batting helmet protects tiny heads for $39.99," the Times reports. "A pair of Nike Jordan Black Cat cleats will make your child fast and fashionable at $51.99 until he or she outgrows them."

So what do you think? Has the cost of bats and gloves taken our kids too far from the simpler days of sandlot and playground ballgames? Or have you had better luck finding more modestly-priced equipment for them?

Bill Fontes April 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Not every kid needs his own bat but if equipment costs are what is driving registration fees then yes, it is pricing kids out of baseball (and soccer, and basketball, at least). Enrollment suddenly plummeted in all those sports in the last 3 years so you can't just blame long term trends like the internet or TV or video games. For my daughter the registration cost of basketball went from $100 to $125 to $150 in just the last 3 years. Soccer used to have 10 teams per division 3 years ago now it is 6. Nine year olds make it to the major league in little league because of poor enrollment. Sad to all this stuff just evaporate like this.

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