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

A New York Times article explores the era of the $250 baseball bat.

With spring sports in full bloom, have you recently bought a baseball glove for your Little Leaguer? 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?

Akiko Oda April 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I coach girls lacrosse in Gig Harbor, and I know a decent stick can run anywhere from $80 to $200. I've heard that equipment costs for boys lacrosse are even higher...
Kelly Busey April 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
A good high school or select team baseball bat is around $300 and we just paid $70 for a pair of cleats that we hope lasts through the summer.
Jeanie Cullip April 26, 2012 at 05:31 PM
we do not do league sports anymore due to costs. Maybe we should organize a kids league that just allows the kids to play for fun.. no specific teams, no jerseys with just our equipment.. with 5 kids I almost have a team ..lol


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