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It used to be Spahn and Sain and pray for rain... In the Northeast - March is so blustery that even with the pictured gear you many not be warm enough... So you just pray to not have to go play in the snow. But if you do need to go out you may want to start with some good footwear - think what do ice climbers wear (crampons)... For some fields you may need some snowshoes... batters shouldn't bring their metal bats - go with the cheap wood one that your parents can throw into the barrel that has a fire lit to help keep everyone warm.

In my 5th year as a college parent, I feel like I qualify for saying I have just about seen it all. I have seen snow flurries during games, freezing rain, i recall playing in mid March on a 60 degree day by the end of the game it was high 30's and by the next morning 7 inches of snow was on the ground...28 Degrees with wind of 20 mph plus i think was still the coldest i can recall. Hard to believe that was a 4-2 or 3-2 game...

All that being said these days are the outliers. Sure there are some cold days and they aren't fun but typically it really isn't to bad. 52 and sunny is pretty damn nice when you have grown accustomed to winters of 32 high temps! It is all relative but the reputation is worse then the reality.

That being said I have no interest in New England in March but from what I can see of most of the schedules neither do the teams that are there.

As far as gear, thermal sports tights and tops, wool or silk ski socks under uniform.  Most NE players wear very little beyond their uniforms for games, kind of a macho thing, some (non-pitchers) even sticking with just the uniform, maybe a 3/4 sleeve under.  Pitchers are another story and have got to keep warm, especially hands when not on mound, ball is like a cue ball with no feel for off speed pitches, but then again you plug a few hitters in that cold weather and after you can basically serve the ball down the middle and get outs, good rule of thumb is to hit the guy with the most winter clothes on.  Most teams travel south first month before conference play anyway.  As soon as teams can plow the turf fields in February (most often the football field), it's outside to practice.  33 degrees is a nice day.

My kids played in the Suburban League (Montgomery-Bucks County PA). Between the two kids over eight years I only remember one game I was so cold I wished I was someplace else. At the time CB South played in a park down and across the street from the high school. I think the field is on the school grounds now. The field was in a wide open area. It was forty and real windy (where’s the ball coming down windy). A few of us parents were running poles between innings. Some were sitting in cars despite the bad view.

In eight years I never sat in the stands once. I didn’t want to be cornered for input. I didn’t want to second guess the coach. But especially, the “why doesn’t the coach play my kid more” input.

As players my kids wore Under Armour Coldgear. It’s designed to retain body heat.

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My son played HS ball (OF) in Newport RI where the FOG and WIND were home field advantages.

Real NE'ers play in March and accept what they get. While scouts and rrecruiters were at many of his games, the WOOD bat was the only bat he used.

If the player wants to show confidence (and hits wood in the Summer) , he should stick with the stick. Batting Gloves (Hockey Gloves) and warm breath is all they need.

If they can sneak in the hand warmers, do it!

I go to games in Florida in the spring and feel like I might as well be in Fairbanks.

Our two kids came from a warmer clime and play(ed) in Mass and PA, so re: attire, they echo wool, wool, wool. Wool socks with very lightweight polypro liners, lightweight glove liners, light weight wool or polypro underwear (top and bottom).  Don't go real thick though. The thick stuff restricts movement. They also liked the tight, lightweight beanie they got. Wore them under their caps.

@Wechson posted:

The downside of my son playing ball in VA is that it’s a long trip so I can’t see every game.  The upside is that I don’t have to invest in geo-thermal blankets and gortex ski gloves to watch him play baseball.


It snowed when we went to a UVA/VT baseball game in Blacksburg (on April 1st).

The first thing I bought was a long down coat with attached down son played college ball in Virginia.   Fashion went out the window.  I was determined to stay warm.

My hands have never been cold in sheep skin/fleece mittens.  Same with some sheep lined Merrells on my feet.

I saw people bundled up in down mummy-type sleeping bags and I was somewhat jealous.

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I have friends who played at University of Maine. The bullpen guys sometimes sat in running cars. They said it was not uncommon to see plowed up snowbanks around the edge of the field.

The 2021 roster has six players from Florida, Tennessee and California. I have to wonder if these kids arrived on campus, October hit and they wondered what they got themselves into. Orono is ten miles north of nowhere. Greater Boston MA is the south relative to Orono ME. It’s about 250 miles south. It’s the same distance as DC to Raleigh NC.

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