Baseball gloves are like snowflakes: each is unique.
Our job at JustBallGloves is to ensure you select the right snowflake by using the proper techniques to measure and size a baseball glove.
STEP 1: Understand Your Glove
The best place to start when it comes to baseball glove sizing is glove anatomy. It’s good to know which part of a glove is which -- You don’t want to be mistaking your pocket for your palm before you even get started. Once you understand the basic makeup of a glove, you’re ready to go for step 2.
STEP 2: Find Your Size
How do you know what size glove to get? Well to start, do you know what size glove you use now? Every baseball mitt has the size etched in the leather on the thumb or pinky finger of the glove. Manufacturers measure their creations from the top of the index finger and move down along the glove until it reaches the center of the heel. That length is how the glove's size is determined.
Catcher's mitts are a tad different. Their size options are usually larger because they are measured by their circumference rather than top to bottom like gloves. This makes sense since the catcher needs as much surface area as possible to catch the ball every time. To review:
- Baseball Glove Sizing: measure from the top of the index finger to the center of the glove heel.
- Catcher Mitt Sizing: measure the distance around the whole mitt.
Keep in mind that there are a number of different glove types and styles, including differences in thrower, pockets, color, webbing, etc. Those can all be based on personal preference or position. To understand the best style for your position, check out our gloves by position guide. This baseball glove size chart shows an estimate of the preferred measurement range for a glove based on specific age and position.
Baseball Glove Size Chart (in Inches)
|AGE||Under 8||8 - 10||11 - 13||Over 13|
|CATCHER||29.5 - 30"||30 - 31"||30 - 32.5"||32 - 34.5"|
|FIRST BASE||11.5"||11.5 - 12"||11.5 - 12"||12 - 13"|
|SECOND BASE / SHORT STOP||8 - 10.5"||10.5 - 11.25"||11 - 11.5"||11.25 - 11.5"|
|THIRD BASE||8 - 10.5"||10.5 - 11.5"||11 - 11.75"||11.5 - 12"|
|PITCHER||8 - 10.5"||10.5 - 11.5"||11.5 - 12"||11.5 - 12"|
|OUTFIELD||9 - 10.5"||10 - 12"||11.75 - 12.75"||12 - 13"|
Softball Glove Size Chart (in Inches)
Softball gloves can follow similar sizing to baseball gloves, but there's enough difference that you’ll want to check out our sizing guide specifically for softball gloves.
Other Glove Buying Tips:
- Righty or Lefty: Keep in mind if you or your player are a right hand thrower or a left hand thrower. Whichever hand you use to throw, the other hand will wear the glove.
- Buy for Your Needs: Select a glove that fits your price range and estimated use. For a little leaguer just starting out, you can opt for a cheaper glove that breaks in faster. But if the player is over 12 and plans to play for the next few years, choosing a nicer, real-leather glove will be well worth the price in time.
- Trust yourself. After all, it is your game that will be affected by your glove. When looking at the pocket depth, webbing pattern, and finger stalls, choose the size that feels the best to you and performs how you need it.
These size recommendations are an average and may not pertain to every single player, so make sure you select a size based on this size chart and your personal preferences. Have no fear on size selection! Thanks to the JustBallGloves glove assurance, you can opt to try your glove out, break it in, and still return it. So, if your baseball glove doesn't fit you perfectly, you aren’t stuck with too tall or too small gear.
STEP 3: Get Your Glove!
Now that you’re a glove size pro, it’s time to choose your baseball glove.
Once you’ve got the glove of your dreams, make sure to break in your glove the right way.
Still need help sizing a baseball glove? Let us help! If you have any questions, please give our Glove Experts a call at 866-321-4568 or Live Chat now. They are available and will be there for you from click to catch!