How to Buy a Baseball Glove


This guide covers the basics of baseball and softball gloves: position, materials, construction and more.

Gloves, like the hands they fit, come in a variety of sizes. Baseball and softball gloves also are geared to fit both the position you play and the level of your game. Keep these factors in mind when you decide which style, size, features and materials best suit your game.

Determine the glove that best suits your fielding position

Gloves are made to better help you field your position. A key element in determining the size mitt you buy is the position you play in the field.

Catcher

First base

Infield

Outfield

Softball gloves

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Find the features that fit your game

Today's gloves have different features built-in to help your game and to suit your ability. Here are the key features constructed into gloves and what to consider in finding the glove that suits you.

Construction

Materials

Gloves come in a variety of materials, with the difference being in the feel and durability.

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Suit the glove to your ability

Your baseball or softball glove should fit your game, the position you play and your playing time and ability. There are a few simple steps to take:

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Fit the glove to your hand

Although age is also a factor, the position you play is the most important consideration in choosing a baseball or softball glove.

Youngsters/Beginners

High School/ Adult

Determining Your Glove Size

Age

Position

Glove size

Under 8

Infield

9 inches

Under 8

Outfield

11 inches

9-13

Infield

9-10 inches

9-13

Outfield

11-12 inches

High School/Adult

Infield

10 1/2-11 1/2 inches

High School/Adult

Outfield

12-12 1/2 inches


Last Updated: 05/02/2003