There's nothing worse for morale than organizing the office softball team, showing up to the field for the first game, and getting pounded by a team with a horrible pun for a name ("Hit Squad" or "Sons of Pitches"). Here is what you'll need to make sure you don't lose to those beer-bellied wordsmiths drinking in the other dugout.
Play in your old plastic-studded soccer or baseball cleats at your own risk. Thanks to budget cuts, many community fields around the country are basically ungroomed and the sun cakes the dirt rock solid. Protect your feet with turf shoes, like the Mizuno 9-Spike blast. These cleats hold up well throughout a 100-game season – not that you’ll play that many – and offer comfort right out of the box, true sizing, and great traction. [$59.99, softballfans.com]
Note: metal or metal-tipped cleats are not allowed in adult softball leagues.