Our batting helmets are youth league recommended and NOCSAE approved. The brand is MacGregor. Sizes vary from S to XL and One Size Fits All. How do you decide which size to order?
We have a provided a size chart on our website for your convenience, but if you don't know your player's hat size & they've never tried on other helmets for size comparison then the best thing to do is measure their head.
You will need a flexible measuring tape. The kind used for sewing is best, but if you don't have one handy you can use a ribbon (non-stretchy) or a belt instead. Mark the length around then measure the ribbon or belt using a yard stick or carpenter's tape.
Starting at the forehead, slightly above the brow, measure around the back of the head making sure that you wrap around the widest area in back. Do not go under the back slope of the skull, but around the largest protrusion of the skull.
Most kids will fall in the 20" to 23.5" range & can wear a OSFA helmet. Most adults can wear the One Size Fits All helmet.
The great thing about the OSFA helmet is the foam used inside. It's thicker than most helmet foam linings, but it's not as dense so that the foam has more give than the foam in the sized helmets. It will compress to accommodate larger heads and is still thick enough to fit smaller heads.
This is especially fabulous for young players who are expected to grow more each year and who want to use their helmet season after season as the foam will compress as they grow.
For younger players you may want a sized helmet for a better fit. Unfortunately there's no age/helmet size guidelines. If you purchase a OSFA and it's not as snug as you'd like the player can always wear their ball cap under the helmet to snug it up, but if the helmet is too snug there's really nothing you can do but replace it. If you're not able to measure the player's head & you don't know their head size we recommend that you order the One Size Fits All helmet rather than guessing.
For older players, especially those who have thick hair or large adult frames, M-XL helmets may offer a more comfortable fit. We tried helmets on our staff and found that average sized adults can comfortably wear OSFA, M, and sometimes L helmets depending upon hair thickness. Large sized men are more comfortable in size L and XL. By large size we mean over 6ft tall and approx. 250-300lb. Just because the MacGregor helmets we stock are recommended for youth leagues doesn't mean they're 'youth sized' only the way shirts are youth sized as opposed to adult sized.
To conclude, when you're not able to measure the head or check the size chart One Size Fits All is the recommended size to order.