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Choosing the right baseball glove can mean the difference between an average performance or one worthy of a Gold Glove. At Dick’s Sporting Goods we have a wide selection of baseball gloves for sale from all the best manufacturers that will help you perform to the best of your ability. When selecting a baseball glove there are many decisions to make, but most revolve around position, size and personal preference.
Understandably, each glove has its own set of features to improve a player’s performance, like the padding in a catcher’s mitt, or the reach-extending size of an outfielder’s glove. The size of baseball gloves are important too, since it will affect a player’s dexterity; adult gloves range in size from 11 to 12.75 inches while youth baseball gloves vary from 9 to 12.25 inches. Finally, personal preference can include everything from color of the mitt to the type of webbing. If you want to find the right glove from a large selection of baseball gloves, shop online today or visit the nearest Dick’s Sporting Goods location to you.
Softball Gloves & Gear
We don’t just feature baseball gloves; we also have fast pitch and slow pitch softball gloves available. No matter which position you play, we have a great selection of gloves and mitts that will help you up your game. While the basic criteria used to pick a softball glove is similar to that of baseball, softball gloves are generally larger and can vary depending on the variation played. We carry a number of popular softball glove brands to choose from that are used at all levels, including senior league and college.
Softball gloves generally have bigger pockets designed for larger hands (such as a men’s softball league) as well as the larger ball, while fast pitch gloves tend to be slightly smaller and have more slender fingerstalls to better fit female athletes. From a positional standpoint, the softball gloves we carry also possess features that players in different positions will find valuable, like the ability to get the ball out of the webbing for an infielder or the extended range offered by a long first baseman’s mitt. Larger softball gloves can be used for playing a position such as the outfield or first base, while smaller gloves can be used to play an infield position. Ensure you know which type of position you are playing prior to purchasing a softball glove.
Youth Baseball Gloves
Selecting the right glove for a young baseball player is always an exciting time as they build the gear that best fits their position and playing style. Many of the brands we carry come already softened so a youth can use it immediately rather than having to break it in. If a glove does need to be broken in, however, select Dick’s Sporting Goods locations feature a glove steamer system that can quickly soften a glove to make it pliable enough to play with. Youth baseball gloves frequently need this type of attention before being used on the baseball field.
Today’s gloves are much different and when shopping, proper size, flexibility and comfort must be carefully considered. When buying a baseball glove for a child, it is generally better to buy a glove that fits, rather than to purchase a larger glove that can often be too heavy to use properly. T-ball gloves are the way to go for kids ages 4-7, but when a child enters little league they are generally ready to use a youth baseball glove. If in doubt, check with your local league or coach to help your decision when buying a youth sized baseball glove.