My youngest son is in the major leagues this year. After tryouts on Saturday, we went straight to the sporting goods store to buy new cleats, a bat and helmet. He was thrilled. Between registration fees and new equipment, I’ve already spent over $225.

I don’t think that’s too much to spend for a few months of activity for him and the family time that comes from going to the games and cheering our catcher on. For some families, though, that type of money is hard hit to take.

That’s why I was thrilled when a flyer came in my email for my town’s first Community Equipment Drive/Swap. This Saturday, we’ve been asked to bring all sorts of outgrown but still usable baseball and softball uniform clothing and gear to donate at the clubhouse. Before opening day, there will be a swap where anyone can come and take items that they can use.

I love this idea. It will save people money. It will give a second use to lots of clothes and gear that might have sat in sheds and basements for years instead of people having to buy new items that needlessly use up the planet's resources. Best of all, there is no requirement that you donate anything in order to be able take anything from the bounty that I imagine will be available. I think that’s very important and an excellent decision by those who put this idea together.

Spring community sports are just starting to gear up for the season. If you like this idea and you act quickly enough, you might be able to put a sports equipment swap in place for your community, or at least get the ball rolling for a future swap.

Does your community do an equipment swap? 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Brilliant idea: Community sports equipment swap
A community sports equipment swap can lessen the drain on family's budgets and the planet's resources.