How to Measure Hand Size for a Baseball Glove

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Before you rush out or online to find a baseball glove, it is important to know what glove size you wear. Whether for a youth or an adult, using a glove that does not fit properly is not recommended, because it can be painful on your hand and may decrease your playing ability. Therefore, it is important to learn how to measure your hand size for the right fit.

How to Measure Your Hand

If you have someone available to help, hold your hand out in a "stop" gesture with the fingers on top, the palm facing a wall, and the wrist pointing to the floor. Have your friend use a tape measure to measure your hand by going from the tip of the index finger (first finger beside the thumb) to your wrist. Keep the tape measure as straight as possible. The figure you get is used later, so make a note.

If you are doing this alone, lay your hand down flat on a table or another flat surface. It may be easier to tape the tape measure at the zero mark and tape it to your index finger and then gently measure the distance to the wrist, keeping the tape measure straight. Make note of the figure you get.

As an example, say that your figure was 7 inches from the index finger to wrist. You want to find a glove that is slightly more than 7 inches. Typically, baseball gloves start at 9 inches, so you want this type. However, it is important to note that if your measurement is very close to the baseball glove size, you want to choose the next available size as it is too snug and you cannot be as efficient of a player with a tight glove. If the glove is for a youth baseball player, choosing a glove on the larger side is smart so that there is some growing room. It is also important to note that the glove measurement should not be drastically higher than the hand measurement because this gives you a glove that is too loose, which is equally difficult with which to play. This means that it is not a good idea to choose a glove that is purposefully too large with the thought that a child may grow into it. A glove that is too big is difficult to use and may fall off. Below is a general sizing chart that can be used to determine the appropriate mitt size.

 

Age

Infield

Outfield

Under 8 years old

9 inches

11 inches

Nine to 13 years old

9 to 10 Inches

11 to 12 Inches

High school and Adult

10.5 to 11.5 Inches

12 to 12.5 Inches


For adults and those in high school, a second baseman or shortstop would need an 11- to 11.25 inch glove, a shortstop, third baseman or pitcher would need an 11.5- to 11.75 inch glove, and an outfielder would need a 12- to 13-inch glove. Of course, specific hand measurements will need to be taken into account. It should also be noted that softball gloves are different from baseball gloves.


Type of Baseball Glove

Before measuring your hand, you may consider the type of baseball glove you need. There are multiple product lines, or series, options among baseball glove brands. This is because there are some subtle differences between gloves, especially if something specific is needed, such as a catcher's mitt. Knowing your needs helps you choose the right glove, once you have your measurements. It should be noted that a web is the pocket, or where the ball sits in the glove (your hand area).

Glove Type

Specifications

Basket Web

  • Used by pitchers
  • Made from intertwining leather strips
  • Easier to close these webs because of the design
  • Allows the pitcher to hide the hand and ball from the batter

Standard Web

  • Standard web is most common
  • Made for general baseball play
  • Made from a single piece of leather

Trap Webs

  • Used mainly by outfielders
  • Has a thin strip of leather connected to both sides
  • Helps "trap" the ball when it hits the glove, providing an extra grip

Modified Trap Web

  • Similar to trap webs
  • Used mainly by outfielders
  • Added stability because of a leather section along the top of the glove

H and I Webs

  • Used by infielders
  • Strips of leather form and "I" and an "H" and create the pocket


If you are searching for a baseball glove to play with family and friends, the standard web works well. However, if you are looking for a baseball glove to play on school teams or in small leagues, you should consider your main position on the field and choose a specific type of glove accordingly.

Gloves for Right-Handed and Left-Handed Players

It is also important to specify whether the glove is meant for a right- or left-handed thrower . A right-handed thrower (RHT) baseball glove fits on the left hand. This may seem counterintuitive, but it makes sense given the sport: if you throw with your right hand, the glove needs to be on the opposite hand. A left-handed thrower needs a baseball glove to fit the right hand, which is rarer and sometimes more difficult to find.

You can search for a right-handed or a left-handed baseball glove, but the results of such a search can be confusing as most sellers list their glove by the throwing hand, not the gloved hand.

 

Baseball Glove Care

Though it may seem contradictory, baseball gloves actually feel more comfortable after many uses. This is because gloves are made of leather, and they need to be broken in so that they mold to the shape of an individual's hand. A leather glove is durable and made to last for many seasons. Remember, baseball gloves are made to be used in an outdoor environment and to generally withstand weather fluctuations. However, the glove does not last very long if it is not cared for properly.

The first thing to do after purchasing a new baseball glove is to break it in, because it is very stiff. There is a wrong way to break in a new mitt, so be careful. First, use some glove conditioner or lanolin-based oil to treat the leather. This helps the glove become more supple and fit your hand better. However, only use the conditioner on the pocket and very little or none on the fingers.

Another thing to remember is never put your baseball glove in the oven. Some people truly believe it helps, but heat can damage the glove's fibers and make them become brittle.

In essence, the best way to break in a new glove is to wear it and use it. Stretching the leather of the pocket can be achieved by tossing a ball into the area it should form. However, this takes time, so you should purchase your glove with ample time to break it in properly. This way, you are ready for the practices and games as best as you can be. For those in a bigger hurry, some people also use mallets to break in a catcher's mitt, which works. However, simply playing catch over a longer period of time seems to be the best and safest way to break in a leather glove.

 

How to Find Baseball Gloves on eBay

Searching for baseball gloves is a great way to find some of the items available. You need to go through many results to find the right one, but this can actually be quite fun.

It is important to read the descriptions thoroughly to ensure you find the appropriate size. You may also want to look at available pictures; you are looking for those gloves that still have their tags, which mean they have not been played with before. This is especially important because if they were worn even once to check the feel, they have already fitted someone else. The leather of the glove needs to learn to form itself to your hand.

You can use the filters on the results page on eBay to help you find what you need. This can help you find the appropriate game type, glove size, and gender. In most cases, the gender does not matter in regards to size, but they may be sold in more feminine colors for women and black or dark brown for men.

 

Conclusion

Baseball players get attached to their mitts, which means that finding a new baseball glove can be a challenge, especially if you are unsure of the appropriate size. Luckily, measuring your glove hand is fairly easy. After the size of your hand is determined, you know the appropriate size of glove to purchase.

You may also want to consider color and specific sizes meant for each position on the field. However, many people feel that the size of the glove does not matter, with certain exceptions, such as a catcher's mitt. Generally, if a glove fits like it should, it works. If this is not the case, it is generally easy to work the glove and break it in, in order to help it form around your hand properly over time.

 

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