Anyone who has been around baseball games knows how crazy and messy it can get in the dugouts. First off, there’s usually not a lot of room in there and the kids have their ball bags with all of their stuff, and it usually all gets taken out and thrown all over the place. This is especially true for the younger kids. It can be really frustrating for coaches when the dugout is a mess and can make it hard for players to find their own gear when it’s all mixed up.
I have some ideas for how to organize a dugout and keep it clean and tidy. I tried to keep these dugout accessories inexpensive and to recommend things that are easy to carry and travel with.
A helmet organizer like this one is probably the first thing a team or coach should get to start organizing the dugout. You could even label the slots so the kids can quickly find their own helmets.
I think this is pretty cool because it allows each player to have his or her own little locker space. It makes finding their gloves, bats, and helmets super easy and they can even hang their bags or jackets as well. There is also room for drinks or snacks in the cubby area.
Baseball/Softball Bat Rack Travelling Dugout Bag with Fence Hooks (12 Mesh Youth/Adult Bats; Folds for Carrying)
Sometimes there is no permanent bat rack in the dugout so this folding, easy-to-carry bag organizer is a perfect addition to keep the bats from rolling around. It also makes it easy for the players to find their bats.
This is a great thing for a coach to have in the dugout because not only can they sit on it while they’re coaching the game, but it holds balls and has an organizer for score cards, score books, and pencils. There’s also a place to put a drink, a convenient carry handle, and a couple of extra storage pockets.
Another must-have item is a line up board and this one is nice because you can have the players’ names pre-printed and re-order them as needed by just moving the magnets. Comes with a hook to hang it up and extra magnets are available as well.
This is another option for organizing bats and this one has a spot for warm up balls. It fits both baseballs and softballs. There is also a dry-erase lineup card attached so you don’t need a separate one. Has metal hooks for easy hanging.
This is more of a permanent option, but if you’re looking for an organizer for your field’s dugout, this one is pretty nice. There are mounts to screw it to concrete or wood and it has several hooks to store different types of items.
Many coaches have to bring in catcher’s gear for the team especially for league games, so it’s really convenient to have a nice, big bag that has wheels because the coach is probably carrying a bunch of other stuff, as well. This one has anti-odor technology to help keep the gear fresher longer.
Do-it-yourself Helmet Rack
If you like projects, this is a great one. Take two closet organizers from Target and some stickers. These organizers are also available in darker colors if you are worried about them getting dirty. Voila! A helmet rack.
Please comment below if you have some other ideas for organizing the dugout. I would love to share them.