Searching for a new baseball glove or softball glove for your young player can be tough. You want to find them the best glove (within budget) that you possibly can. But with so many different gloves on the market in 2023, it can be nearly impossible to choose the right one. Fortunately, we take pride in being youth glove experts. We have read all of the industry news, sifted through the glove reviews, and analyzed the latest in glove features to determine the top gloves for kids in 2023. We hope you enjoy this comprehensive breakdown. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are our picks for the best youth gloves in 2023.
Best Youth Baseball Gloves For 2023
Mizuno Prospect PowerClose 11" Youth Baseball Glove (GPP1100Y3BG)
If you are wanting something that your young baseball player can simply throw on their hand and then head off to their practice or game...then this 11 inch Mizuno glove is for you! We specifically market this 11 inch Prospect as being able to meet the needs of players aged 7-12 years. However, we think it could work well for players even younger than seven. Regarding its structure, it is going to be made from Pig Skin leather which is a little rougher to the touch than cowhide (cowhide has traditionally been used for baseball gloves). But nothing can beat the game-ready qualities of this Mizuno Prospect right from the moment you pull the glove out of the box!
What are parents saying about this Mizuno Prospect?
"My 6 year old grandson is going to love this glove." - JustGloves Customer, Anthony S
Rawlings Gamer ContoUR 10.5" Youth Baseball Glove (G105U-2B)
The Gamer ContoUR has all of JustGloves psyched up! This model is the brainchild of two of our employees. A member of our IT development team has been volunteer coaching for his son's team and made a couple discoveries about youth gloves during his experience. (1) He found that 6-10 year old baseball players can usually still use gloves at lengths shorter than 11 inches. (2) A good portion of gloves at those sizes are built with less than satisfactory materials.
With those discoveries in mind, he spoke to our product manager who then shared the insights with the team at Rawlings. What Rawlings crafted in response to the info that we provided them was the Rawlings Gamer ContoUR gloves. The models are made at the shorter 10 inch and 10.5 inch lengths. As well, both gloves are built with an all-leather shell that should be able to hold up to multiple seasons of play!
3 Can't-Miss Features On This Glove:
- 10.5" Length
- I-Web Gives This Glove A Sophisticated Infield Look
- A Reinforced Palm Pad Helps With Impact Protection During The Catch
Akadema Rookie Series 11" Youth Baseball Glove (AJT99)
This Akadema Rookie glove has garnered some impressive praise from customers over the years...
- "Excellent glove. Great feel. My eight year old is very happy. Broke in very easily with conditioner and a little elbow grease."
- "Easy to break in. Excellent fit for a seven year old."
It all starts with the construction of the glove. Akadema uses some high-quality steerhide to build the catching surface of the glove. This material should make the glove hold up for many seasons of use. And then they use AkademaLyte leather on the back to reduce the overall weight of the glove. With this 11-inch glove, you're going to get the best of both worlds: durable + lightweight. With this model, the JustGloves experts are saying that it will be recommended for 7 to 12 year olds, but we still think that 5 and 6 year olds could make the jump and use this glove with success!
Marucci Oxbow Series 11.75" Baseball Glove (MFGOXM44A6)
Named for the "oxbow bend of a river [that] makes up a vast majority of Louisiana’s iconic landscape", this Oxbow glove from Marucci fully encapsulates their commitment to crafting quality baseball equipment. Its look is that of a professional glove, but the materials used to create it will be tailored to meet the needs of young ballplayers. It will be made with a full-grain cowhide leather. However, the material will come pretty soft so very little effort will be required from the player to get it ready for game use.
In addition to it being soft, Marucci also adds some big-time additions to improve the experience of using this glove. They've built it with their M Type fit that integrates the pinky and thumb sleeves and removes the bothersome thumb and pinky straps from the outside of the glove. As well, Marucci has specifically designed the pattern of the glove to close from the thumb to the middle finger. This should create a medium pocket depth that allows infielders to make quick transitions of the baseball from the glove to the hand.
Three more reasons to snag this Oxbow:
- Modified T-Web Works Well For Infielders And Pitchers
- Microfiber Lining On Inner-Wrist Of The Glove Molds To The Back Of Your Player's Hand
- The Oxbow Should Fit Adolescent & Teenaged Hands (May Even Fit Some Adults)
Wilson A2000 SuperSkin DP15 11.5" Baseball Glove (WTA20RB20DP15SS)
Wilson's A2000 DP15 was the glove that started to change the landscape of gloves for youth baseball players. For a long time, customers seemed to think that in order to get a glove for a youth player, you might just have to sacrifice quality. But once the A2000 DP15 gained traction, that thought was squelched.
This 11.5 inch A2000 is built to meet the specification of retired Boston Red Sox legend, Dustin Pedroia. Dustin had a smaller hand and also wanted a glove that fit extremely snug on his hand. Furthermore, he wanted his feel for the ball to be improved when fielding. To do that, Wilson went ahead and thinned out the heel pad of his DP15 gloves.
Players have found that even though Wilson may not specifically market this glove to youth players, the DP15 fit works extremely well for early teen players and even pre-teens. No longer does a player need to wait until they're in high school to start using an A2000 glove. The smaller fit of this A2000 DP15 lets young players start using an A2000as young as 10 years old.
What are customers saying?
"Great fit and great feel for an 11 year old. Broke in way more easily than I expected." - JustGloves Customer, Jay
Rawlings R9 ContoUR Fit 11.5" Youth Baseball Glove (R9115U-4BT)
If you have a youth player that is looking to make a gradual increase in the quality of their baseball glove, then the Rawlings R9 Series will feature gloves that you'll want to consider! This specific model is going to be made with an 11.5 inch length and with Rawlings ContoUR fitting. The ContoUR Fit will display narrow finger stalls, lowered finger stalls, a smaller wrist opening and an adjusted back opening. All of these features will contribute to making this glove stay securely attached to a youth player's hand when they take to the ballfield with it!
More Highlights To Consider:
- Irresistable Black and Tan Colors
- Modified T-Web Functions Well All Over The Field
- Read All About The ContoUR Fitting In This Blog Post
Nokona Alpha Select 11.25" Youth Baseball Glove (S-200M)
Nokona takes seriously the fact that they are the last baseball glove producer with a majority of its production being done in the United States. And you'll find out all about the quality of the gloves they make in Nocona, TX if you get this model of glove for your young player.
The true show stopper is going to be the combination of Nokona's American Kip and Super Soft leathers that create the shell. These leathers should not take too long to break in, but should also be able to last for many seasons!
What's The Word From Customers?
"My 7-year old son loves this glove! He has a smaller frame but was able to break in this glove rather quickly compared to other 'cheaper-priced' gloves. This is the best youth all leather glove in the market....hands down!" - JustGloves Customer, Deeman
Best Youth Fastpitch Gloves For 2023
If you have a young daughter that is eager to get out on the fastpitch diamond, you might as well go after a glove that she can use right away! This A500 Siren made by Wilson is going to be a glove that will fit the bill if you are in the middle of the search described above. The 11.5 inch length should make it the correct size to handle a softball, but not be overbearing. And the Top Grain leather should provide a glove that is not only easy to break in, but lightweight too!
Need More Reasons To Buy? Here's A Few To Consider:
- Quick-Fit Wrist System - Adjusts To Small and Larger Wrist Sizes
- Built With Wilson's H-Web (Commonly Called An I-Web)
- Rolled Dual Welting On The Fingers Of The Glove Should Help The Glove Retain Its Shape
Mizuno MVP Prime 11.5" Fastpitch Softball Glove (GMVP1150PF4W)
Now this glove might not be on a lot of customers' radars as a potential glove for a young fastpitch lady. However, it is definitely one to consider. Especially if you want something with a little bit higher leather quality. Mizuno has crafted it with their Bio Soft leather. And despite the name, the leather will come a little bit stiffer. However, to help ease the break-in process with this glove, Mizuno added their V Flex notch to the heel of the glove. That notch removes some leather that can make closing the glove more difficult. The removal of this leather will go a long way in helping a young lady break in the glove and then continue to squeeze it with ease as they keep playing. And don't forget to note the 11.5" length. Just like we mentioned for the Wilson Siren glove above, this length can handle the softball, but it is not lengthy and cumbersome to inhibit use by a young player!
What Else Is Worth Noting On This Mizuno?
- Single Post Web
- It Has The Look Of An Infield Glove, But A Young Lady Could Take It To The Outfield For Use
- Mizuno's Center Pocket Design Is Featured On This Glove And Naturally Puts The Pocket Of The Glove Right Below The Index Finger
Shoeless Joe Shoeless Jane 11.75" Fastpitch Softball Glove (1175FPHW)
Shoeless Joe gloves makes their Shoeless Jane line to specifically meet the needs of ladies playing fastpitch softball. We are thinking that this 11.75" model would be an excellent glove to consider for use if you are shopping for a young fastpitch lady. This glove is going to be built with Special Aged Antique Tobacco Leather that is hand rubbed with old time ingredients to bring some softness to the leather. Overall, this glove should be pretty easy to get into game ready shape. And softness is typically going to be purchasing priority number one when you buy for any young player. Shoeless Joe takes things even a little further when building this glove and adds a velcro wrist strap to it. This is great because if you have a lady with a really small wrist, this glove can be cinched up to stay securely on her wrist!
What Have JustGloves Customers Said About This Glove?
"Perfect glove for the smaller hand player. Almost broke-in when it was received." - JustGloves Customer, Bo3214
That does it for our list of the best gloves for young fastpitch and baseball players. If you've scanned the list and are still wondering what glove you should get your player...you're in luck! We have trained Glove Experts that will be able to help you out. You can call them at 866-321-2287. You can email them at email@example.com. Or you can chat with them by simply clicking here. JustGloves is always here for you from click-to-catch.