If your memories of Little League baseball and softball revolve around those smelly batting helmets that rattled around your head as you sprinted to first base, you can relax. Batting helmet design for baseball and softball has evolved considerably from the “good ole days.” Today’s helmets feature foam interiors for a snug fit, cutting edge vents to keep your cool and all the bells and whistles to meet the toughest safety standards for athletic equipment. Here are four batting helmets we recommend.

Rawlings Coolflo Youth Tee-ball Batting Helmet

Rawlings Coolflo Youth Tee-ball Batting Helmet
This Rawlings helmet was designed for the sport’s youngest players and includes pre-drilled holes for face guards.Amazon

Stay cool and safe with this Rawlings Coolflo helmet. The top of the helmet features a venting system guaranteed to keep even your favorite player cool on even the hottest summer day. Plus, the helmet meets NOCSAE safety standards. Dual density foam gives the helmet a snug yet adjustable fit.

Easton Z5 2.0 Batting Helmet

Easton Z5 2.0 Batting Helmet
The protective shell and interior padding is designed to help absorb any shock.Amazon

If you're still playing ball beyond Little League or high school, this is the helmet for you. The Easton helmet is designed for adult players, with a hat size of 6 ⅞ to 7 ⅝. The shell is made from ABS plastic, offering the best resistance to errant baseballs. The helmet's interior also includes a "Bio-Dri" liner to absorb sweat.

DeMarini Helmet with Protective Mask

DeMarini Helmet with Protective Mask
The low profile shell has a rubberized matte finish and protective facemask.Amazon

This batting helmet from DeMarini was designed to give hitters optimal sightlines without sacrificing a comfortable fit or safety. As such, it does meet NOCSAE standards for athletic equipment. It's available in two sizes: S/M (6 5/8 inches - 71/8 inches) and L/XL (7 inches - 7 5/8 inches).

Under Armour Classic Solid Molded Batting Helmet

Under Armour Classic Solid Molded Batting Helmet
This one-size-fits-all helmet also includes a pony-tail channel built into the back.Amazon

Not exactly sure who will be needing a batting helmet or for what sports? This helmet from Under Armour is your best bet. It has a dual density foam liner, but still is one size fits all. There are 12 vents for breathability. And there is pre-mounted hardware in case you want to add a chin strap or face guard.