Glove Sizing Guide

What Size Glove Should I Use?

There are a few factors that determine what glove you should use, including your position, age, sport and preference. These are typical sizes and a great starting point but ultimately, the size of your glove comes down to what is most comfortable for you.


How is a glove measured? Fielders gloves and first base mitts are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove down the finger along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heal of the glove.  Lay the tape measure across the palm of the glove, so that it folds across and into the indenture, down to the heel of the glove.  A catcher's mitt is measured by the circumference.


Baseball Fielder's Gloves

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BASEBALL:  11.25" - 11.75"  |  Most Popular Size: 11.5"
FASTPITCH:  11.75" - 12.5"  |  Most Popular Size: 12"
Infielders gloves are smaller with a shallow pocket to help with quick transitions. It's all about getting the ball out fast!
infield pitcher gloves
11.75" - 12"  |  Most Popular Size: 11.75"
Pitchers typically have about the same size as other infielders but opt for closed pockets or Modified Traps to avoid seeing their grip. You MUST avoid predominantly white or grey gloves as a pitcher as they are illegal.
outfield glove size
12.25" - 13"  |  Most Popular Size: 12.75"
Outfielder gloves offer a larger pattern size in comparison to infielder gloves. This is due to outfielders needing a larger pocket to assist with pop flies and wanting a longer reach.



    These size recommendations are an average and may not pertain to every player but they will give you a guide whether you are a Baseball, Fastpitch softball, or Slowpitch Softball player.

    Outfielder gloves are going to offer a larger pattern size in comparison to infielder gloves. This is due to outfielders needing a larger pocket to assist with pop flies while infielders need a smaller, more shallow pocket to help with quick transitions.  The best way to find that out is trial by error.

    Second Base & Shortstop Gloves: 11.25 - 11.50 inch pattern
    Third Base Gloves: 11.50 - 12.00 inch pattern
    Pitcher Gloves: 11.75 - 12.00 inch pattern
    Outfield Gloves: 12.25 - 12.75 inch pattern

    Fastpitch Softball Gloves

    Due to the larger softball being used, Fastpitch softball gloves for both infield and outfield feature a larger pattern in comparison to baseball gloves. But, similar to youth gloves, a lot of models will feature a smaller wrist opening and tighter finger stalls to accommodate a female athlete's hand. Typically, these softball gloves range from 11.75 inches all the way up to 13 inches.

    Infield Softball Gloves: 11.75 - 12.50 inch pattern
    Pitcher Softball Gloves: 12.00 - 12.50 inch pattern
    Outfield Softball Gloves: 12.50 - 13.00 inch pattern

    Youth Gloves

    Youth gloves are recommended for younger players who have not stopped growing and are likely to outgrow their glove sooner rather than later. The age range of youth players is 12 years old and under. Because of the wide range in age, the sizes are going to have a larger range too. The difference in youth gloves is in the wrist opening and finger stalls. Manufacturers, such as Wilson and Rawlings, craft their youth gloves with a smaller wrist opening and tighter finger stalls for a more secure fit on a youth player's hand.

    Infield Gloves: 9.00 - 11.50 inch pattern
    Pitcher / Outfield Gloves: 10.50 - 12.50 inch pattern

    Slow Pitch Softball Gloves

    Slow Pitch softball gloves are in a realm of their own. Slow Pitch softball gloves tend to run much larger in comparison to both baseball gloves and Fastpitch softball gloves and range from 13 inches all the way to 15 inches.

    Infield Slow Pitch Gloves: 13.00 - 14.00 inch pattern
    Outfield Slow Pitch Gloves: 13.00 - 15.00 inch pattern

    First Base Mitts

    To be able to play first base, you need to be able to catch extremely well. Having the right sized mitt helps. First base glove sizes will range from 12 inches to 13 inches.

    Baseball First Base Mitts: 12.00 - 12.50 inch pattern
    Fastpitch Softball First Base Mitts: 12.50 - 13.00 inch pattern

    Catcher's Mitts

    These gloves range in size from 31 inches to 34 inches. This isn't because they are three times the size of a normal glove, but rather because these mitts are measured by their circumference rather than top to bottom.

    Youth Catcher's Mitts: 31.00 - 33.50 inch pattern
    Adult Catcher's Mitts: 32.00 - 34.00 inch pattern
    Fastpitch Softball Catcher's Mitts: 32.50 - 34.00 inch pattern