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Picking Your Glove

Picking a Glove

Whether you’re lost walking into a sports store or your daughter is growing out of her first pink softball glove, it may be overwhelming to think about how to pick a new one. There are different types and sizes of softball gloves to choose for your daughter. Fastpitch Masters has outlined things to think about when buying your daughter their next glove.

1. Are softball and baseball gloves the same thing? Softball and baseball gloves are not the same. While there may be more variety in picking a baseball glove over one made for softball, baseball glove webs are NOT crafted for the size of a softball.
2. What position does your daughter play? Girls that primarily catch or play first base will want specialized gloves for those positions.
3. What size should you get? When we refer to sizing we’re talking about the length in inches of the bottom to the top of the glove. Players just starting the game around 8-10 years old will be best suited with gloves between 10.5-12” inches. Players that are older can get gloves from 11-13” inches. Infielders should look for gloves in the 11-11.75” inches range while outfielders should opt for bigger webs like 11.5-13” inches.
4. What web style? Web styles aren’t a huge deal, but pitchers may consider a web that is not see through to disguise their pitches. Outfielders may also consider a web with a deep enclosed pocket so the ball is trapped easily.

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