How to Buy Sporting Goods for Your Child

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How to Buy Sporting Goods for Your Child

Starting your child in a sports program or having him or her pick up a sport as a hobby can start a life of good habits. Sports, training, and practicing would give your child the 150 minutes of moderate exercise recommended by the American Heart Association. Training and practicing each week teaches your child how to manage time and work as a team. Additionally, playing sports helps to build character and skills such as leadership and good sportsmanship. Another thing that playing sports builds is strong friendships. Before this can happen, your child must choose a sport and purchase all the equipment, goods, and accessories needed.

 

Discover Sports of Interest

Most children generally have an idea of sports that they like. However, liking a sport and playing a sport are completely different. Parents should ask their children what type of sports that they would like to try. If the child likes working as part of a team, consider one of the many team sports, such as baseball, basketball, and soccer. Children who are introverted might like to play golf or take up swimming, both of which are popular sports. When choosing the sport, both parents and children should sit down and discuss interests, time commitment, and physical abilities.

 

Try Out New Sports

Another way for children to find out what sport they like the most is to try out several different ones. This idea is especially helpful for younger children, but it works well even for teens. Since sports schedules go by the season, it is possible for a child to play three different sports in a year. Parents can keep their child in the sport he or she likes the most for the next year, or continue to try new sports.

 

Consider the Equipment Needed

Each type of sport requires equipment and accessories. This equipment might be in the form of uniforms, balls, bats, sticks, or shoes. Parents might have to purchase all the equipment needed, depending on the sports program.

 

Sport

Type of Equipment

Sizes Available

Baseball/Softball

Balls

Mitt / Glove

Batting helmet

Bat

Catcher’s helmet

Chest protector

Leg guards

Catcher’s mitt

Uniform

Shoes

One size

9 to 13 inches

XS to XXL or 6 3/8 to 7 3/4

24 to 34 inches

XS to XXL

Youth, intermediate, and adult

XS to XL youth and adult

30.5 to 34.5 inches

XS to XXL

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

Basketball

Basketball

Uniform

Workout gear

Sneakers / Shoes

One size

XS to XXL

XS to XXL

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

Golf

Golf Balls

Set of clubs

One size

3 flat to 3 up

Volleyball

Volleyball

Knee pads

Uniform

Sneakers

One size

XS to XL

XS to XXL

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

Soccer

Soccer ball

Cleats

Uniforms

One size

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

XS to XXL

Hockey

Helmet

Skates

Hockey stick

Hockey pucks

Uniforms and protective gear

Youth, adult, extra large or hat sizes

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

46 to 63 inches and different flex levels

One size

XS to XXL

Track

Workout gear

Running shoes

XS to XXL

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

Football

Football

Uniforms

Cleats

Mouthguard

One size

XS to XXL

Youth 13 to 7, Adult 7 to 14

Youth and adult

 

Each brand of equipment offers a different measurement for sizes and size values too. Keep in mind that children should try on most gear and even have a professional help to fit them so that parents buy the correct size in protective gear or other sports equipment.

 

Size the Equipment

Sizing is essential to buying the right sports equipment for a child. Just one inch off could cause injury. All gear that comes in sizes includes a sizing chart to help parents decide what to purchase. However, equipment for different sports has varying sizing requirements. The best thing parents can do for contact sports is to measure their child’s head circumference for proper helmet sizing. Other protective gear worn on the body requires measurement of the waist, chest, shoulders, arms, and legs. Bats, golf clubs, and hockey sticks offer sizing based upon the child’s height and sometimes his or her weight. Most uniforms and workout gear offer similar sizes to clothing.

Buying Sports Goods and Accessories

Not only is equipment essential to a great sporting experience, but different accessories may also enhance your child's time as an athlete. Finding the right sporting goods at the right value can be a challenge, but it can sometimes make the difference between a child of yours liking or loving a sport. For example, getting a child of yours a great headband or wristband, high-quality athletic shoes, and other accessories like batting gloves for baseball players, cool socks for basketball players, and a water bottle is essential. With the right sporting goods and accessories, you can enhance your child's performance, something that usually goes hand-in-hand with enjoyment.
 

How to Buy Sporting Goods for Your Child on eBay

Buying sporting goods on eBay is very easy. At this point you should know what type of equipment you plan to buy. Look for the search box at the top of an eBay subpage or the homepage and type the name of the equipment needed. For example, you can type “baseball bats” into the search bar. After hitting enter, you will see a large list of results from the authorized sellers on eBay.

Choose the sporting goods you plan to buy based upon the sports your child wants to play. Do not forget to size the equipment correctly using a sizing chart prior to making a purchase. If he or she is unsure of what sport to try, consider buying a kit that offers equipment from several sports.

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