This is the Complete Youth Baseball Glove Sizing Guide

for all parents and youth players!

How Do You Know What Size Glove to Buy For Your Kid?

When you're looking for a glove for your kid, there are so many aspects to consider that it can get overwhelming. We decided to come up with a comprehensive youth baseball glove sizing guide. This guide will help parents feel confident they are buying a glove that fits. First, we'll start things off with a list of the top 3 mistakes parents make when selecting a mitt for their kid.


We've been around youth ball for a very long time, which is why we have the unique opportunity to notice some of the most common mistakes parents in the glove buying process. ​Let's take a look as we go in depth with all three.

1: Buying a Glove That's Too Big

Uh-oh, what now?

We hate seeing this - too big of a glove for the youth player! It's by far the most common mistake a parent can make, but for whatever reason the mom or dad decided to go for the bigger glove. Why is a big glove bad for a kid? Simply because their hand will slip around and therefore won't be able to make plays.

The most common answer we get from parents when buying a big glove, is so that their kid can grow into it and use it for a few years. We get it, you want to save money. However, your kid will suffer from this costly mistake. We'll get into the nitty gritty of sizing below.

2: Buying a Glove That is Poor Quality

That's right, it's a bad egg.

With so many options to choose from, and a mix of some bad information from what we call "non'ers," it's easy to make a mistake as a parent like this. Here's the deal, the price point on a mitt is not always the best indicator of a high or low quality glove. It can go either way (expensive glove - poor quality / cheap price - high quality), but how do you know?

This is one of the main reasons why we created our top 7 youth baseball gloves, we want parents to have the best information out there on the best quality ball gloves. From all of our years doing this and seeing the mitts that last the longest, we put together that amazing list just for you!

3: Buying a Glove That is Too Stiff

C'MON MAN! It has to be broken in, right?

Gloves are obviously made with tough leather and sometimes its hard for the little ones to break those types of gloves in.

First of all, it's hard enough to break a glove in when you're strong. Second, these youngsters don't have the patience. Lastly, it is so difficult to play well with a mitt that isn't broken in.

If you're looking to get a new mitt, then it needs to have at least a 90% break-in guarantee from the factory brand. This is called, "game ready." You can reference back to our list of the best youth baseball gloves for more on which mitts come ready to go.

The Selection Process

We're going to show you the basic steps to take while selecting a mitt for your kiddo. 

Sizing

New to youth ball, or even tee-ball? If so, you probably have no idea what size mitt your child should get. Don't worry, that's why we're here to help!


It's super important to purchase the right size glove for many reasons.


Question: Where do you measure the hand?

Answer: The index finger of the glove to the bottom of the pocket, with the palm facing upwards.


Most youth players should be using a mitt that is somewhere in the 9-12 inch range for length. Check out the chart we made below for a guide:

Baseball Glove Size Charter (Sizing by Position)

Age

SS/2B/3B

1st Base

Outfielder

Catcher

Pitcher

Under 7

8-10.5"

11.5"

9-10.5"

29.5-30"

8-10.5"

8-10

10.5-11"

11.5-12"

10-12"

30-31"

10.5-11.5"

11-13

10.5-11.5"

11.5-12"

11.75-12.75"

30-32.5"

11.5-12"

Over 14

11-11.5"

12-14"

12-13"

32-34.5"

11.5-12"

Position

This is a must. Why? Well, because every position needs a different type of glove. For example, if you are a Short Stop, you'll need a small glove so you can transfer the ball more quickly from your glove to your throwing hand.


On the flip side, if you're an outfielder, you'll need a bigger size glove so you can cover more ground out in the field and make those diving catches.

Material

The material is everything when choosing a glove. If you ever see plastic glove, run for the hills! Always go with full leather. Besides the quality, plastic mitts are super uncomfortable on the hand. Leather is a little softer and feels much better. It's also the easiest to break in and will be more durable (last longer).

Webbing

Depending on your position, you'll want a specific type of webbing.


There are Two Options to choose From: Open and Closed. Choosing one or the other has nothing to do with anything but preference. We always prefer open, but we also like closed.

Price

The younger your kid is, the smaller the cost. Just take in account that your kid will grow, so don't spend an arm and a leg on a mitt. However, if your kid is playing competitive baseball, we highly recommend you investing in a great mitt. The glove is everything for a competitve ball player out in the field. One must feel confident in making plays

Conclusion

Well, that's all there is to it in selecting a glove for your child! Be sure to re-read this article or bookmark it for future reference. We love writing these helpful guides, so please send us an email if you want more!

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