There are a variety of factors to consider when shopping for team sports equipment. Will you be playing occasionally with friends or in a league? How old are the players who will be using the equipment? What's your gender, skill level and playing style? If you're shopping for a league, they may have specific regulations. For personal use, you'll have more flexibility.
For basketball, the essential pieces of equipment are a net, rim, backboard, stand and ball. If you're buying a basketball set for your home, you can decide whether you need a stand or would rather mount the backboard on your house or garage. Molded plastic backboards and stands are appropriate for young children, while acrylic and polycarbonate backboards have extra strength for adult players. Steel is often used on commercial property, and pro backboards are made from glass.
Baseball and softball bats come in a variety of sizes and materials, and different bats are appropriate for men, women and children as well as for baseball, soft-pitch softball and fast-pitch softball. Different baseball gloves are used by youth and adults, women and men, and left- and right-handed players. You'll also find a variety of ball types, including standard baseballs, softballs and t-balls.
Whatever you play, you'll find a great selection of equipment at Walmart, from volleyball nets to golf clubs, tennis racquets, footballs and more, all at Everyday Low Prices.