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BUYING A GLOVE

The following sizing guide gives an idea for the average size glove players may use. 

Age Position Glove Size
Under 8 Infield 10 inches
Under 8 Outfield 11 inches
9-13 Infield 10-11 inches
9-13 Outfield 11-12 inches
13-Adult Infield 11-11,75 inches
13-Adult Outfield 12-13 inches

Usually, infielders are going to use smaller gloves so they can control them better because their reaction time is much less than that of an outfielder.  Infielder’s gloves are also smaller so the fielder can get the ball out of the pocket faster so they are able throw out runners.  The outfielder’s gloves are usually larger with a deeper pocket because they are running down and chasing fly balls and having a larger mitt helps them cut down a little distance off the ball.

 

SELECTING A GLOVE

When selecting a glove there are a few considerations you must take into account. One of the most important things to consider is choosing a glove for the right position you will be playing. The gloves for each specific position have certain attributes to help the player at his or her position.

Infield Gloves

In order to be sure to select the proper glove for your position follow a few guidelines that may help. Pitchers for instance want a glove that has a solid web, this is because the solid web will hide their fingers as they adjust their grip on the ball for the next pitch. As for the size of the glove for pitchers it is up to personal preference.

Middle infielders usually prefer to have a smaller mitt so they can transfer the ball out of the glove to their hand as quickly as possible. Open web gloves are also preferred by middle infielders such as an I-web or H-Web styles. These web styles basically look as their names state, for example the I-web is shaped as an “I” with openings around it so the ball can be picked out of the glove easier. Another style of web is the Six Finger web, which in theory adds a sixth finger in the pocket between the thumb and the the fingers. Ususally second basemen wear the smallest gloves because they are lighter weight. Most second basemen use an 11 to an 11.5 inch mitt, while shortstops will usually use an 11.5 to an 11.75 inch mitt.

Third basemen on the other hand will ofter wear a bit larger glove around 12 to 12.5 inches long because they are the closest fielder to home plate. Balls times hit at third base are hit very hard and come in fast. Plus, a longer glove allows them to pick up balls hit down the foul line easier, because of the the longer reach of the glove.

Outfield Gloves

Outfielders generally prefer a closed web style. Outfield gloves tend to be larger in design than infielder models in terms of the length of the finger stalls. Larger gloves allow outfielders to be able to cover more ground. Also, outfielders are looking to make a catch while infielders, who like smaller gloves, need to retrieve and release the ball as quickly as possible. Today many different models and sizes are available for outfielders. The most common sizes are from twelve inches and above depending on personal preference.

When selecting an outfielder’s model you first need to select the size that best fits your personal needs. The next thing you need to think about is web style that you would like, whether you would like an open web or a closed web. The third step would be to choose if you have a preference for an open back or a closed back.

Webbings of a Glove

Players also choose gloves based on the webbing. There are two types of webbing, closed and open. A pitcher usually is going to prefer the closed webbing to help them hide the ball from the hitter. Outfielde