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Baseball Glove Guidance

When selecting a glove for your young athlete, there are a few considerations to take into account to ensure safety and high performance. One of the most important things to consider is choosing a glove that is the correct size and the right glove for the player’s position.

GLOVE SIZING

Gloves are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove and measuring down the finger, along the inside of the pocket and then
out to the heel of the glove. Most gloves have the pre-measured size stamped inside where the pocket is.

Baseball Glove Sizing Chart (Provided by Sports Authority)

Level  Age Position Glove Size
 T-Ball  3 to 6 years old  All Positions  8.5"-10"
 Youth   7 to 12 years old  1st Base  11.5"-12"
 Youth   7 to 12 years old  Infield   10.25"-11.5"
 Youth   7 to 12 years old  Outfield   11.5"-12.25"
 Adult   12+ years old   1st Base  12"-13"
 Adult   12+ years old   Infield   11.25"-12"
 Adult   12+ years old  Outfield   12"-12.75"

Softball Glove Sizing Chart (Provided by Sports Authority)

Level Type Position Glove Size
Youth Fastpitch Infield 10.5" - 11"
Youth Fastpitch Outfield 11"-11.5"
Adult Fastpitch Infield 11.5"-12"
Adult Fastpitch Outfield/1st Base 12"-13"

SELECTING A GLOVE BY POSITION (Provided by Rawlings Gear)

In order for your young athlete to achieve his/her ultimate potential, choose a glove that’s appropriate for their position on the field.

Catcher’s Glove or Mitt

  • Is a fingerless mitt (does not have individual fingers)
  • Has heavy padding to reduce the sting from the pitcher’s throw
  • Is reinforced to withstand heavy use throughout a game
 

First Base Baseball Glove

  • Has less padding than the catcher’s mitt
  • Is longer to help the first baseman reach, scoop and catch throws from infielders
  • Has a shallow pocket that allows the first baseman to quickly retrieve the ball from the mitt.

Infield Baseball Glove

  • A five-fingered glove with a shallow pocket
  • Softball infielder gloves have a deeper pocket to accept the bigger ball
  • Second basemen need a smaller glove to help make quick throws while still having control
  • Shortstops use something in the middle for grounders and quick throws
  • Third basemen need a larger glove
 

Outfield Baseball Glove

  • Has a deeper pocket to handle balls hit high in the air
  • Has a longer length to give as much reach as possible


Pitcher's Baseball Glove

  • Can be any size (just make sure it’s comfortable on your hand)
  • Has a closed web to hide the ball and pitcher’s hand
  • Sometimes has a finger hood to conceal the index finger
  • Popular web styles for pitchers: Basket, Basket Connector, Two Piece Solid and Modified Trap-eze

 

Softball Glove

  • Generally larger both in the pocket and in length to help players handle the larger ball
  • If you play both baseball and softball and only want to buy one glove, select a softball glove

FIT, FEEL & STYLE

Although selecting the correct glove for your specific needs depends on such critical factors as your age and field position, it also depends on your personal preferences. The following are simple guidelines to follow:

  • Fit: Choose a glove that fits fairly snug. Be careful not to purchase a glove too big for your hand, as it could hinder player performance.
  • Feel: Your glove should be stiff enough to give strength, yet offer the flexibility to provide control and agility.
  • Style: Choose a look and color that fits you while making sure the web pattern is right for your position.

 

GLOVE MAINTENANCE

Properly caring for your glove can make an enormous difference in the lifespan of the glove. Here are some helpful hints:

  • Keep your glove in a cool, dry place when it is not in use.
  • If your glove gets wet, dry it with a towel and let it air-dry.
  • Do not over oil your glove, a couple of times each season is appropriate.
  • Keep the glove laces tight.
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