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

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


Have you bought a baseball glove for your Little Leaguer lately? 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."

For the Johnston Little League, this year's registration costs were $110 for the first child and $60 each sibling for the minors, majors, and Junior and Senior Leagues (max. $160); $65 for instructional league players.

The price tag to play softball in town this year is $80 per player and $115 per family.

So what do you think? Has the cost of youth sports 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?

Karen Fuzek April 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
As a single parent suiting up her son for Little League, I found that it was a bit pricey at $110. for registration. Because some of the resale sporting goods stores don't really have that great of a deal, we opted to purchase the new equipment which ran another $100. Does the Little League Association get in on collecting some of that fee, or is that all to go to the Johnston Recreation Department? I would prefer Johnston to receive the money and not some national association benefiting from all the children with "fields of dreams".


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