How Do You Properly Size a Baseball Glove?


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There are two ways to properly size a baseball glove: by the general age of the player or by the specific position of the player. For example, players from 4 and 6 years of age should have gloves no larger than 10 inches, while players between 7 and 9 years of age should have gloves no larger than 11 inches. Children age 10 to adult players should generally have baseball gloves sized between 12 and 13 inches.

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To properly size a baseball glove, find out how long the glove is by looking at the thumb or pinky finger where the manufacturing company generally etches the measurement into the leather. Most baseball gloves and softball gloves range in size from 8 inches to 15 inches, though catchers’ mitts are an exception with a range of up to 35 inches. If a glove does not display its size, find the measurement by measuring with a fabric tape measure from the top of the index finger down to the center of the heel of the glove.

To size a baseball glove by position, determine the age of the player and the position, which may be first base, second base or short stop, third base or outfield. Pitchers and catchers also require specific types and sizes of baseball gloves.

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