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No matter the level of competition, having confidence when stepping out onto the baseball field is key. With the right size of baseball glove, you’re able to not only increase your confidence but improve your overall performance. Whether you’re picking out a glove for yourself or a young baseball player, knowing the basics of how to choose a baseball glove is a key step to playing your best on the field. Since there are a combination of different factors that go into determining which baseball glove is right for you or your player, we break down what you need to know in order to choose a baseball glove.
Before identifying which baseball glove size will fit best, it's important to have a basic understanding of how to measure a glove. All baseball gloves and catcher’s mitts will have a size listed, usually in inches.
When finding the right size baseball glove, there are several factors to consider including hand size, age, and field position. The baseball glove size charts below are a great starting point in narrowing your size options.
|Age||Baseball Glove Size|
|5 & under||9" - 10"|
|6 - 7||10" - 10.5"|
|8 - 10||10.75" - 11.5"|
|11 -12||11" - 12"|
|Age||Catcher's Glove Size|
|Under 7||29.5" - 30"|
|8 - 10||30" - 32"|
|11 - 13||31" - 32.5"|
|Infield||11" - 12.25"|
|Outfield||12.5" - 12.75"|
|First Base||12" - 13"|
|Pitcher||11.5" - 12.5"|
|Catcher||32.5" - 34"|
Depending on your position, you’ll want to look for specific features within a baseball glove to help improve your overall performance. It’s important to note that if you’re a utility player or are just starting to play baseball, it’s more important that your baseball glove feels comfortable than meets all the requirements below. Below is a summary of what to look for in a baseball glove based on your position.
Aside from size and position, you’ll also want to consider the baseball glove’s web type. To improve efficiency in catching and transferring the ball, you’ll want to find the right glove web type that matches your preferences and position. Below is a brief summary of the four most common web types.
Aside from these four baseball glove web types, there are a few more position-specific web types including basket, trapeze, single-post, and dual-post.
For a brief review of how to choose the right baseball glove, one of our baseball experts, Jimmy, summarizes what you need to keep in mind before picking out your next glove.
Now that you have a basic understanding of how to choose a baseball glove—considering your age, playing position, and webbing—you’re ready to start browsing in store or online for your next glove. Just remember when choosing your baseball glove, it’s all about personal preference and comfort. If you need additional help or have questions about how to choose a baseball glove, contact your local SCHEELS to speak with a baseball expert!