10 Awesome Baseball Parent Hacks

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We’re always looking for ways to make our lives easier so I’ve put together a list of some great hacks you can use to be prepared, stay clean, and avoid stress.

 

#1 Bag for essentials

Include a small first aid kit with extra bandages, sharpie, lotion, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, napkins, plastic spoons, pen and pad, safety pins, extra reading glasses, dollar bills forsnack bar, sunblock, Benadryl, Advil, tampons, chip clip, kleenex, toothpicks, Lifesavers, and any other items you may need when you’re at the games

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#2  Stain Remover

If you haven’t tried this stuff yet, get yourself some Zote.  It can be used as laundry soap and it smells great, but I use it as a stain remover.  It works very well on baseball pants to get stubborn grass and dirt stains out. All you do is wet the item and rub the bar of Zote on the stain, and after washing you will have clean pants.

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#3  Two gallon zipper bags for cleats

This is a great way to keep your car and your kids’ baseball bag clean. When their cleats are caked with mud after games and practice, just throw them in a 2 gallon zipper bag and seal it up. You’ll save a lot of dirt and sand from getting all over the place. These bags are great and can be used for all kinds of items like large snacks and baseballs.

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#4  Keep envelopes in the glove box

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to turn money in for team tournaments or at school at the last minute. I now keep a few envelopes in the car glove box so when I need to give the coach our dues with my kids’ name on it, I’m ready at the field.

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#5  Take a picture of the lineup

If you like to keep score like I do, you’re probably familiar with chasing the coach around trying to get a lineup so you can put it in your iPad or on your scoring book.  Take a quick picture of the lineup card with your phone so you can give the coach back the card and go back to your seat and enter it.

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#6  Put sunflower seeds in an empty creamer container.

This just makes it easy to dispense the seeds at the game and you won’t have to worry about a package that doesn’t close. Your seeds will also stay fresh longer. This trick can also be used for nuts and Cheerios.

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#7  Use dryer sheets for smelly items

Dryer sheets have all sorts of uses, but the best one for sports parents is to get rid of smells. Place them into cleats, hats, or baseball bags to freshen them up.

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#8  Make a uniform bag ahead of time

Take stress out of your life by not having to run around looking for pants, belt, socks, jersey, athletic supporter, and cap by making a small bag ahead of time or right after you do the laundry. Then just hang it on the bedroom door and it’s ready to go.

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#9  Ice pack sponges

These are a great thing to have ready in the freezer for those bumps and bruises which are sure to happen. Just wet a sponge, ring it out, and place into a zipper bag and freeze. These can also be used as ice packs for lunch boxes or small coolers at practices & games.

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#10  Have a portable phone charger at long day tournaments

I can’t tell you how many times my phone has died after the first game on a tournament day, and I was unable to get calls or take pictures. I’ve gotten myself one of these portable chargers and these will charge your phone three or four times before you have to recharge them. A must-have for long days away from an outlet.

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I would love to hear any great baseball parent hacks, so please feel free to leave some in the comments below.

 


 

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6 Comments

  1. Katie

    This article is very helpful! I remember softball games as a kid where my mom had to carry a bunch of this. This will definitely be useful for anyone new to being a baseball parent.

    I don’t mean to be the grammar police ;p but on #9 there is a typo in the last sentence.

    Other than that, I really enjoyed reading your article. It is well written and relatable.

    1. admin

      HA…thanks Katie. I like the grammar police and I appreciate your keen eye in pointing that out. I hate having mistakes on my page. I will go and fix it. And thanks for visiting my page. 🙂

  2. Lagputter

    My son has the new style pants with no elastic in the bottom. Needless to say they are too long. However, I want the pants to last a couple years so don’t want to cut them off and hem them, so I duct tape the hem and no one is any wiser!

  3. Sara

    11. Take a photo of the bracket/schedule so you can quickly see who and when you’re playing next.

    12. Freeze a few water bottles, they will slowly thaw and you’ve got cold water for those all-day tourneys, plus it helps to keep whatever else is in your cooler cold.

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