So you’re looking for the best youth baseball gloves.? Playing youth baseball is a rite of passage for so many kids, and for that, they need the best
Little League has thousands of kids taking the field for the first time. Some will show immediate promise and hit a home run in their debut at-bat. Others will impress with a long strike to first from third, just in time to get the runner. A few will wander around right field in search of bees.
But no matter which future hall-of-famer/casual fan is yours, one thing remains the same: They can’t hit the diamond unless they’re wearing a glove. And while picking out a mitt for 5-year-old may seem easy (just buy what’s in the store, no?), the proper one can make all the difference when it comes to scooping up a grounder or snagging a fly ball. Many T-ball or youth gloves are often designed to open and close more easily than a standard baseball glove, some companies even going so far as to use patented technology to accomplish the goal.
They almost all come 100-percent broken-in ⏤ so kids can play from day one rather than spend a week oiling/staring at a belt-wrapped glove on the shelf ⏤ and most use a soft leather or material to protect little hands. Finally, gloves for kids under 10-years-old are generally sized between 9- and 11.5-inches although some even come with adjustable wrist cuffs to ensure the perfect fit.
As for which glove is right for which kid, it really depends on the child’s hand. To help narrow down the choices, though, we turned to Amazon ⏤ identifying the most highly reviewed t-ball and youth base/softball gloves and catchers mitts on the site.
This baseball glove is sold both for right- and left-handed throwers, and it's Amazon's bestseller. It's constructed with lightweight mesh for comfort and ease for young players just starting out.
This is the glove you get for your up and comer who’s yearning to practice his or her catching and throwing skills. Unlike other gloves, these don’t need to be broken in, thanks to their RTP II construction.
What One Reviewer Said: “This is a good quality glove for my 6 year old. The material does not feel cheap, so I have plenty of confidence that it will last until He outgrows it in a few years. It is not being used gently either, we play catch a few times a week and uses it for his tee ball practices and games. I am very happy with this purchase.”
It's a 10-inch mitt made of EVA (so note, not leather), has an H-pattern webbing, and is designed for kids just hitting the field for the first time.
The fun thing about the Wilson A200 is that it comes in the official colors of all 30 MLB teams, and with the team’s logo emblazoned on the pocket.
What One Reviewer Said: “Best glove for a t-baller, hands down. It’s flexible and helps them learn to close down on the ball with ease. Our son is a natural player, but this glove really helped him excel! We are buying these gloves for the team now.”
Another stellar starter baseball glove, this one is constructed with lightweight mesh for total comfort and ease of use.
Not far behind the Rawlings in terms of the number of reviews (a solid 4.5-stars from 255 commenters), Franklin Sports RTP gloves come ready to catch (no glove oil required) and feature an adjustable wrist closure to ensure the glove fits small hands comfortably. They also come in a bunch of colors ⏤ including pink/gray, bright red, and orange/camo ⏤ and include a soft foam ball.
What One Reviewer Said: “Perfect for a first baseball set! Mitt is soft and pliable, so little hands can open and close it after a little use. The ball is soft-ish, but not a whiffle-type ball, and it is t-ball sized. Highly recommend!
This baseball glove stands out for two reasons: It has a power close feature that makes it easier for players to catch the ball, and it has a special pad that helps absorb the shock of repeated catches.
With almost five-stars on 200-plus reviews, the Mizuno Prospect stands apart from the other youth catcher’s mitts. It uses a “V Flex Notch” and Power Close technology to help younger players drop fewer pitches and a “ParaShock” palm pad to save young hands from the pain of catching two-seam heaters all game. It also comes broken-in.
What One Reviewer Said: “Once again, Mizuno has not disappointed. I have been using Mizuno gloves for years and have stuck with them for my children. This catcher’s mitt is a perfect size for my 9-year-old son. The size and weight are perfect. Tons of padding and it broke in very quickly after a little glove conditioning lotion and one round of hard-throwing. The very reasonable price only adds to the positives. If you have a young catcher who has graduated from using a normal glove but isn’t ready for a full-size mitt, this is the one to get.”
This adult-sized glove is ideal for more experienced players (and older players). It's pre-oiled to decrease player break-in times.
This leather baseball glove has palm padding to absorb the impact of the ball, plus pull straps and Velcro closures for a perfect fit. The leather is supple and soft, too.
What One Reviewer Said: “I purchased this Glove for my 10 yr old son. He is in his 2nd year of LL and needed a real glove going forward. We looked at, an scrutinized dozens of gloves before settling on this Rawlings. I’ve had my Rawlings for over 30yrs. and this glove meets the same quality and fit as my old one. I hope he has as many fond memories as i do using this glove. I would say regardless of the money this is one of the finest gloves for any age!”
This baseball and softball glove is engineered specifically for slow pitch and recreational play.
With this baseball and softball glove, players get a deep pocket, plus a nicely lightweight mesh back design. The glove has a cushioned palm and index fingers pads, and does not need to be broken in.
What One Reviewer Said: “This is not a cheapo glove, quite the opposite. This is a very nice leather mitt. It is a very well made glove and I would submit you won’t find another glove this well designed under about $90.00. Is it an Mlb caliber glove? No. Those are $300 on up. Can this glove handle minors to high school? Yep. No problem.”
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