Spring brings sunny weather and team sports. One of the most popular spring team sports for children ages 4 to 6 years old is tee ball, also referred to as T-Ball. Tee ball is an entry level sport that introduces your child to baseball or softball. As with any sport there are many things to consider such as safety, recommended athletic wear, and equipment such as T Ball sets.
As you consider T Ball for your child keep in mind that it is a fun entry level sport that can:
- keep your child active
- promote hand-eye coordination
- build confidence and self-esteem
- introduce the basic concepts of teamwork
With team sports also comes concerns with safety due to interactions with other players. Thanks to the world wide web you’ll find many blogs and sites that offer tips and tricks on how to survive your first season of tee ball. In this article, we’ll focus on everything you need to know when choosing a tee ball helmet for children ages 4 to 6 years old.
What To Consider When Shopping For A Tee Ball Helmet
There are many tee ball helmets available on the market today. The trick to choosing the right tee ball helmet is to consider which helmet will be the most comfortable for your child. It’s very common for children ages 4 to 6 years old to become anxious when wearing a helmet for the first time. Keep in mind that your child will need to run, bat and throw when wearing one, so choosing a helmet that is safety certified, provides a comfortable and proper fit, and is light weight is essential. Here are our top picks and why.
Rawlings Coolflo T-Ball Helmet
The Rawlings Coolflo T-Ball Helmet keeps your child protected with dual density foam and is one of the most straightforward and economical choices available today. It is lightweight for easy wearability and offers a traditional Coolflo design with 15 air vents that keeps your all star cool during game play. Plus, the pre-drilled holes for Rawlings approved yet optional face guards can give you peace of mind with added protection.
This tee ball helmet for 4 to 6 year olds meets recommended safety guidelines by National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and comes in sizes between 6.25” – 7.8”.
Pro: The ponytail channel makes for a more comfortable fit for children with longer hair.
Con: This helmet contains snaps for use with a chin strap, but chin strap must be purchased separately. Double check your measurements to ensure a good fit or consider buying a chin strap for added stability.
- Traditional coolflo design
- Pre-drilled for rawlings nocsae approved Face Guards
- Meets nocsae standard
- Molded finish
- Sizing: 6.25" - 7.8"
Easton Junior Batters Helmet Mask
The Easton Junior Batters Helmet Mask is the ultimate choice if you are looking for a comprehensive helmet solution with built-in face protection. It meets NOCSAE standards and provides an excellent protective shell against high impacts while the Dual Density Foam absorbs sweat and pulls it away from your all star’s head to keep them cool and fresh during game play.
The wrapped ear design secures the helmet firmly in place on the field whether your child is running or up to bat. Available in sizes between 6.37” to 7.12” makes this headgear a comfortable tee ball helmet for children ages 4 to 6 years old.
Pro: Designed to fit snug for added stability and protection during constant game play. Available in five colors: black, navy, pink, red, and royal blue.
Con: The face mask is anchored by 4 screws so you’ll have to remove the entire helmet if your all star wants a good luck kiss.
- Durable batting helmet
- Easton product
- Great for players of all caliber
- Hat Size 6 3/8 - 7 1/8
- ABS plastic provides an excellent protective shell against high impacts
Authentic Batting Youth Baseball/Softball Helmet
If you want options and are looking for a tee ball helmet that can grow with your all star, the Authentic Batting Youth Baseball/Softball Helmet is a good start. The high impact ABS plastic corrugated shell offers maximum protection and the large vent keeps your child cool.
The face mask and chin strap are sold separately, but come with the hardware necessary to install and remove. This T ball helmet is sized 6.75″ and is approved for wear by leading leagues including Little League, ASA, Pony, and USSSA.
Pro: The face mask and chin strap are removable so this helmet can grow with your child.
Con: You have to buy the chin strap and face mask separately.
- Youth All Star System Seven Baseball/Softball Helmet.
- 6 3/4" Size for Youth Players from T-Ball Ages 4 to Ages 10 Years-Old
- High Impact ABS Plastic Corrugated Shell for Maximum Protection. Large Vent to keep cool.
- Cage & Chin Strap Pre-Mounted Hardware
- Approved for Little League, ASA, Pony, USSSA...
Rawlings MLB® Inspired NOCSAE T-Ball Clear Coat Batting Helmet
The Rawlings MLB® Inspired NOCSAE T-Ball Clear Coat Batting Helmet is sure to please any aspiring baseball all star. This T Ball helmet for 4 to 6 year olds features a great shine and a venting system that keeps your child cool and fresh during game play. It’s construction mets NOCSAE standards and is durable yet light.
It is available in 3 colors: black, navy and scarlet and fits sizes 6.25” – 6.87”.
Pro: Your all star will love the style and clear coat on this tee ball helmet.
Con: Sizing for this helmet varies from child to child. We recommend this for children 5 years old and younger.
- Mlb inspired design and venting
- Meets nocsae standard
- Clear coat paint finish
- Sizing: 6.25" - 7.8"
Gear Up With The Right Tee Ball Helmet Today
A safety certified helmet provides all the comfort and protect your all star will need when playing T-Ball. When it comes to making a final decision be sure to measure your child’s head for the most comfortable fit and determine if your child (or you) would be more comfortable with a face mask for added protection or chin strap for more stability. Oh and don’t forget to bring your comfortable bleacher seats while cheering on your Junior All Star!