As many of you may know by now, finding the right glove size for your player can be pretty tricky. Here at JustBallGloves, we want this to help ease the burden of this process. We offer hundreds of gloves from multiple manufacturers. The biggest key to tackle this daunting task will be to find the correct size first. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to baseball glove sizing.
Your player’s age is going to play a big factor when it comes to sizing a baseball glove. An 8-year old player is naturally going to need a smaller glove than a 16-year old. Neither the height nor the weight give much insight into the process of “What Size Glove Should We Get?” A common source of confusion comes from the line of thought in which as a player continues to get older, their glove should also get larger. Initially, as a younger player this is the case. However, once a player begins utilizing a glove in the 11” - 11.50” size there is not a need to go any larger if they are playing on the infield. Position will often dictate the size of a glove as a player grows older.
Speaking of position, this will certainly play the largest factor in terms of baseball glove sizing. Generally speaking, once a player reaches 12 years old they will begin using an adult style glove. The size they use will be quite similar to the size that the pros use. Jose Altuve, the MVP 2nd Baseman for the World Series Champion Houston Astros, uses an 11.50” glove. This is extremely common as a middle infielder is often tasked with quick plays. Therefore, a smaller glove allows for faster transfers. Outfielders on the other hand, are looking for a larger glove to secure pop flys. There is less of a need for quick transfers, but more of a need for securing the ball. Therefore, you will often see outfielders play with a glove in the 12”+ size range.
Note: Softball gloves can follow similar sizing, but there's enough difference to not rely on this chart for softball glove sizing.
The final factor in select the correct glove will be the fit of the model. If you have a younger player with a smaller wrist and shorter finger stalls, then a “youth” model baseball glove will likely be the best route to take. Youth gloves are marketed with difference jargon from manufacturer-to-manufacturer, such as “ Narrow Fit” or “ Pedroia Fit” but all in all they mean the same thing. If you do not see a glove with any disclaimer in the product title, it is fair to assume that it will be a comfortable fit for an adult male’s hand. Determining the fit of your player’s choice will be paramount in finding the perfect glove for them. Keep in mind that a youth model will likely last your player as long as an adult model because the opening and finger stalls will become too small if they continue to grow.
To wrap things up, we would certainly recommend that you take full advantage of our Glove Coach to help size your player exactly to their liking. We understand the importance of your glove feeling like an extension to your hand and that’s why we are here to help you.
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