How to Put on Baseball Stirrups
Baseball stirrups are a part of the uniform that players wear when they are playing a competitive game. Stirrups are baseball socks that are unique to the sport. They can be worn in several ways, depending on the look the player wants to achieve while playing. Styles have changed over the years and so have the socks themselves. The stirrups that youth players wear are quite a bit different than those worn by veteran players.
Pull on your baseball pants and reach for the lower part of the pant leg. Roll the lower parts of your pants up above your knees. Put on your white athletic socks. These are standard white athletic socks and baseball players often refer to these as "sanitary socks." Pull your stirrups on over your sanitary socks. The top of your stirrup should be just below knee level.
Determine how high you want to wear your stirrups. The cut out portion of stirrup socks may go slightly above your ankle or they may go past the mid-calf level. Lower your pant leg to the spot where you want your stirrups to be seen.
Pull the stirrup up so that is high and tight. If the stirrup droops and the material is not taut, it will look sloppy. A streamlined look on the bases can only help you run faster since no sock material will be drooping around your shoe tops and potentially slowing you down.
Wear a simulated stirrup in youth baseball. The simulated stirrup is a standard white athletic sock, but it has a stripe sewn into the side to mimic the look of the stirrup worn by older players. This is an easier way to get dressed for baseball since players only have to put on one sock and not two.
Wear your stirrups high to replicate the old-school look. Keep them low to make a more modern fashion statement.
Check with your coach or team captain before altering your stirrups. The team leaders may prefer that all players present a consistent look.
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