Correct Sized Baseball Gloves for Kids

Buying a first glove for a youngster can be a momentous day for any child and his parent. That first glove can be the symbol of a lifetime’s involvement with the game of baseball. However, that glove is a functional tool that the child will use to catch baseballs and protect his body from them. Picking out the correct-sized glove is vital for any player.

Size of Child

This is the most important factor when buying a new glove for a young player. A bigger child will probably have bigger and stronger hands than a smaller player and will be able to operate and manipulate a bigger glove. However, you do not want to buy your child a glove that he can’t control, figuring that he will grow into it. You want a glove that is easy to open, close and move around. If that is a glove that is an inch or two smaller than the one most of your child’s friends are using, that’s fine. Buy a glove that the youngster can use right now and if you have to buy a new one in a year or two, you make that purchase at the correct time. The size of a youth baseball glove ranges 8 to 12 inches.

Position of Play

If you have a child who is primarily playing infield positions, you will want to get a glove that is a bit smaller all the way around. A glove worn by an outfielder needs to be a bit larger for your young player. When an infielder catches a ground ball, he wants to reach into his glove and easily retrieve it. A small glove will allow her to do that. If your child plays a lot of outfield, a bigger glove may help him reach a fly ball that he has to catch on the run.

Break in the Glove

Even if you have picked the correct-sized glove, your child will not be able to take advantage of it if the glove is not broken in the right way. In order to loosen the glove so your child can open and close it with ease, rub foam shaving cream in the pocket of the glove and work it in for five to 10 minutes. After the shaving cream is rubbed in, repeat the process. Then put a baseball in the pocket of the glove and tie the glove closed with a rope. Leave the glove in this position for 24 hours. Your glove should be much looser. Repeat the process one more time and the glove should be ready to go the next day.

About this Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football — The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.