Junk Balls | Source: Little Kids

Looking to get your star pitcher ready for Little League tryouts? Little Kids has two new products to help prepare athletes for some homeruns: the Junk Ball Umpire Strike Zone and the Junk Ball Wild Pitch Collectible Balls.

The Junk Ball Umpire Strike Zone acts as an umpire, a scoreboard, and a coach. Designed for kids ages 5 and up, it comes complete with a strike zone, bar tap sliders, a collectible ball, and a sticker, to give kids the ultimate baseball experience. Pitchers can perfect their tosses by throwing their balls anywhere in the gray area of the strike zone without the need of a batter. 

Junk Ball Umpire Strike Zone | Source: Little Kids

But, it’s not just a stand-in umpire. The Strike Zone also serves a scoreboard, keeping track of strikes, outs, and more. Players looking to hone their skills can even get pointers by referencing the pitch guide to get a guaranteed strike. The Umpire Strike Zone is available for $49.99 and it comes with a randomized Junk Ball. Kids can receive one of six common balls or get lucky and snag one of five rare collectible balls


Pitchers can also collect up to 12 additional Junk Balls to put some spice into their game. With Junk Balls, pitchers can control the direction of their throws, allowing them to serve tricky pitches like knuckleballs, curveballs, and sliders. Not only does this offer a challenge to the player on bat, it also helps young pitchers learn how to maneuver their tosses to get a guaranteed strike out. 

Designed for kids ages 5 and up, the Junk Ball Wild Pitch Collectible Balls come in blind bags for $3.99 each. There are 12 different styles that have unique designs, like marbling and hydro-dipping.

Junk Ball products are available at dickssportinggoods.com.

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Omar Letson

Omar Letson

Omar is an editorial intern at Adventure Media & Events, writing content for The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. Attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, he plans to pursue a career in magazine journalism. Previously, Omar interned for entertainment news website TV-Tea and for Spitfire Strategies, a public interest communications firm. His favorite TV shows are RuPaul’s Drag Race, Absolutely Fabulous, and WandaVision.