Batting Helmets : How to pick the correct size

Every sport has its own safety precautions. Same can be said about baseball. In this particular case, we are talking about the batting helmet. Still, batting helmets have a great variety of size. An incorrect choice about your batting helmet size may make you feel uncomfortable or unable to provide the appropriate protection. Having a hard time picking ones? Then you will probably find this article useful. Today, we will provide a short and effective guide on how to decide the precise batting helmet size for your head.

First, let’s talk about its designed purpose. This piece of equipment proves to be vital to you well – being if you ever got hit in the head. But that is if it fits in nicely on your head. If the size is too big, it will be loose and easy to get knocked off or gets in the way of your vision. If it’s too small, it makes your head feel tight and presents great annoyance to your concentration. But if you follow these instructions below well then you will have no problem deciding the correct size for our batting helmet.

1.  Measuring your head circumference

Your head circumference will be a deciding factor in your search for batting helmet size. So how can we measure it? Get yourself a tape measure and put it around your head but be sure that it lies above your eyebrows and your ears. This may offer quite an obstacle to do it alone so we suggest that you ask a friend for assistance or stand in front of a mirror.

2.  Conversing the figures into batting helmet size

After you have your head circumference measured, it’s time to converse them into helmet sizes. By doing this, you can have a general idea about what size you are looking for and reduce the size ranges you need to check. Here we have a suggestion table consisting of your head circumference and the corresponding helmet size and size range.


Conversion Table
Your head circumference Helmet size Size range
20 to 20 – ½ inch XS 6 – 3/8 to 6 – ½
20 – ¾ to 21 – ½ inch S 6 – 5/8 to 6 – ¾
21 – ½ to 22 inch M 6 – 7/8 to 7
22 – ¼ to 22 – ¾ inch L 7 – 1/8 to 7 – ¼
23 to 23 – ½ inch XL 7 – 3/8 to 7 – ½
23 – ¾ to 21 – ¼ inch XXL 7 – 5/8 to 7 – ¾

3.  Purchasing

Now you have most of what you need to decide on a helmet size, it’s time to head to the store. Many batting helmet products have the suggested head circumference size for them listed on the container. You can even find a suggestion table, like the one above, on them sometimes too.  Here you can consult to the store staff about any extra preferences or issues you want to address with the helmet and ask them to give you additional information, advice or guidelines.


4.  Testing

Last but not least, you need to try it on. No matter how things seem prefect on papers, the result in reality is the one you need. Adjust any straps – related accessories to your liking and see that if the helmet is comfortable for you or not.  Walk around a bit and make sure the helmet don’t impair your vision or interfere with your breathing. Test around a few helmets and pick out the one that is most satisfying to you.

Batting helmet size is a very important feature of a batting helmet. It decides that the helmet will be either useful protective equipments or a simple waste of money. Above are some basic yet useful steps so that you can easily and successfully secure for yourself a good batting helmet with the correct size. Remember that this is all about your very safety so you must spend sufficient time and efforts on selecting it. “Better safe than sorry”

Post Author: Lester Happer