Baseball coaches contact us here at Soft Hit and say “we’re not allowed to use hard-baseballs during winter session practices. Do you have an indoor safe baseball?” First, the answer is yes, our baseballs are indoor safe, but this question brings up more than just the safety of a new gym floor. Sure, our baseballs are safe for indoor use and allow all-season play, but they’re also safe for practicing in close proximity both inside and out. To help answer the question about indoor-safe baseballs, here are some popular examples.
Soft Compression Baseballs:
The term compression is pretty broad, but if you’re searching for a compression baseball, you’re likely looking for one that doesn’t fly into the outfield after every crack of the bat. During early season practice, the buildings and grounds crews rarely lower the blades on the mower, leaving jungle-like grass to swallow your baseball bucket before the season even starts. Think about the time energy and resources wasted gathering lost balls and running after hard-hit foul-balls during practice.
Compression baseballs absorb contact with both metal and wooden bats. Compression baseballs are great for repetition in hitting, fielding and hand-eye coordination drills. If you’re looking for a soft-practice baseball allowing more hunting and less gathering, a Soft Hit baseball is in your wheelhouse.
Little League Soft Baseballs:
See Compression baseballs
Soft Toss Baseballs:
Typically, soft-toss baseballs are designed for repetition. With soft-toss, you’ll want to find something durable. Like, hundreds and thousands of hits durable. Stay away from anything plastic when it comes to finding soft toss baseballs. Wiffle balls are a bad choice as they easily crack and can still cause safety concerns in close quarters. Don’t have anyone to soft-toss with? They actually make products that can self-feed you soft-toss-baseballs. Soft Hit balls work great for soft-toss because they’re durable, safe and affordable.
Soft Training Baseballs:
The difference between soft training baseballs and soft compression baseballs is negligible. In fact, we’re not sure there is a difference. At Soft Hit, our training baseballs can be used for any number of things and certainly classify as a compression baseball, a soft training baseball, and a soft toss baseball.
Soft Rubber Baseballs:
Buyer beware. Durability seems to be a common complaint with practice balls made from rubber. One coach went through four balls in two hours using rubber. Rubber and baseball don’t typically mix. It reminds us a bit of the critically acclaimed movie Flubber, starring the late great Robin Williams.
Baseball practices are dangerous. While focus stays on NFL and the concussion crisis, the rules for baseball practice are pretty loose. With multiple drills, close quarters and inexperienced players hitting, throwing and fielding, implementing a plan to use Soft Hit baseballs at your next practice is a choice that may very well prevent injury keep players safe, and keep the team budget in check!