When your child says he or she wants to be involved in a sport like baseball, you want to be able to purchase good-quality equipment. However, you don't want to break the bank. After all, sometimes a child's enthusiasm for a particular sport or activity is short-lived.
They think they want to play and you outfit them expensively but then they decide not to pursue it any more and your left with the equipment. So go slow the first year and choose carefully. Go to sporting goods stores and look for sales and clearances.
Go to second hand sporting goods stores to see what's available there. When thinking about bats, you should be aware of names such as Rawlings, Easton, Louisville Slugger, and Wilson. These are quality manufacturers for sure.
Mizuno is a company from Japan that's fast becoming popular here with major league players. Mike Piazza plays with one of these bats made of the best Japanese wood. You won't go wrong with any of them, however. All these manufacturers offer great design for speed and accuracy. You want your child to feel good about batting so the bat has to feel right.
Still, if you don't want to spend a lot, you don't have to buy a new bat. You can ask around or search online for used bats. Another great alternative if you'd rather buy a new bat is a bat with a surface flaw that does not affect performance. You can save from thirty to seventy percent in price on bats with blemishes such as small scratches or marks.
If you're looking for new blemished bats, go to your sporting goods store or the sports department of a major department store and ask about them. It's also very possible to do an on-line search and find sources for this kind of equipment. You want to have your child be in sports, but you also want to keep his college fund intact so you'll be doing this as much for his future as well as for your wallet.