Each season, players must come prepared with the proper equipment to play the game. Below you will find what is provided by WHS, and what is required to be supplied by the player.
There are suggestions at the bottom of good retail stores where to find the equipment in question.
Provided by West Hill Softball
All players from U9 to U19 will be provided with a West Hill Softball Jersey. These jerseys are LOANED and MUST be returned at the conclusion of the season. Failure to return a WHS jersey will result in a $50 jersey replacement fee.
WHS HAT or VISOR
Each player will receive a WHS hat (U7-U15) or a Visor (U17-U19).
Each team will be provided with a selection of 4-6 softball bats, appropriately sized for the age group. However, you may want to purchase your own bat (see below)
These will be provided by the league for entire year;
Timbits: Baseball-sized softies (9 inch)
U9 & U11: 11" softies
U13: 11" softballs
U15+: 12" softballs
Provided By the Players
There are specific “softball” gloves that are different than baseball.
Find the right size (10”-11.5”)
(How to Size Fast Pitch Glove or Rawlings Sizing)
All players U9 and above MUST have their own helmet.
These helmets MUST have a face shield and chin strap.
There are NO exceptions with these requirements.
INFIELD (or PITCHING) MASK:
All players MUST have one and it is mandatory for all pitchers.
WHS requests that all players at infield positions wear an Infield Mask.
We have seen too many balls take a bad hop on Calgary diamonds, and hit someone in the face.
Often referred to as a female jockstrap and come in different forms (including shorts).
These are required by Softball AB. Example
You may also look at sliding shorts for protection from sliding
BLACK BALL PANTS (& BELT)
These must be black as part of everyone's uniform.
Softball Belts are typically red for WHS, but can vary
These will be typically organized at the team level. Creativity with 'fun' socks is encouraged.
Most players should have a basic RED sock available as well.
It is optional to provide your own bat as every team will be supplied with a selection of 4-6 to share.
It is recommended that you test out different bats & sizes before spending $100+ on a bat
Google Resources on how to pick a bat size: 1.WikiHow 2.Hitting Vault 3. Dick's Sporting Goods
Bats MUST Be certified - see Softball Canada Approved bat guide
Many players like these, especially in the Calgary cold weather to help reduce vibration on the bat.
Highly recommended over running shoes; metal spikes NOT allowed
West Hill Softball will open up Branded Apparel sales through our Online store at various parts of the season.
Local Businesses with Softball Equipment
Play it Again Sports
Locally owned store in SW Calgary (owner's daughter plays in CMSA)
10% discount off regular priced items if you mention you are from West Hill Softball
Westhills Town Centre - 270 Stewart Green SW (Additional location in Shawnessy)
Likely the largest selection of Softball clothes and equipment in Calgary.
2520 Centre Street North
Will have the basics for softball - cleats, gloves, batting gloves, helmets.
Multiple locations incl. Westbrook
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