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Softball Glove - Mitts for fastpitch and slowpitch softball

To play the game well you have to feel comfortable and be confident in your gear. At Baseball 360, we carefully select our gear to hold only the best quality products. It's important to know that softball gear differs from baseball gear because a softball is bigger. This is especially important for gloves, and the difference in size of the ball causes a lot of differences between the two sports’ gloves.

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Fastpitch softball vs. slowpitch softball 

Fastpitch and slow-pitch softball differ in one way, and that is the way that the ball is thrown. In fastpitch softball, the ball is thrown straight or in a windmill motion across the plate.  Whereas in slow-pitch softball, the ball is thrown in an arch at a moderate speed so that the batter can hit the ball. 

Gloves are pretty interchangeable for both of these methods to play the game. However baseball and softball gloves are not! Because of the difference in the size of the ball, softball requires bigger gloves and a baseball glove simply won't offer good performances.  There is one position where the softball mitt  fundamentally differs between slow and fastpitch. 

Softball catcher’s mitt

In fast-pitch softball, the ball comes at the catcher at an average speed of 70 mph. This means that their hands are in constant harsh contact with the ball. They need to have strong padding to protect the hand sufficiently and reduce the risk of injury. 


Fastpitch glove characteristics

The fastpitch glove is designed with a bigger pocket to catch flying softballs easily. The bigger pocket is also important when playing softball as the ball itself is bigger than the baseball ball. There is more padding to ensure fewer injuries when catches are made.


Slowpitch softball glove characteristics

Slowpitch does not require the same amount of padding, however the pocket is also big because of the size of the softball.  If you are giving a gift, base yourself on the position of the player to decide whether you choose a fastpitch or a slowpitch glove!


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Softball gloves and mitts brands

At baseball360, we have some of the best quality softball mitts and gloves on the market from some of the best manufacturers in the game, such as:

Use your favourite brand’s glove to feel comfortable and confident while playing your game. When you are used to a brand, it is always suggested that you stick with it. If you don't know where to start and how to choose the right glove or which brand, contact one of our employees to help you narrow down the options and guide you towards the best choice. 

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A softball glove is an ideal birthday or Christmas gift for junior players! 

Gift a new softball glove to a young (or old!) amateur of the sport that would love to get a new addition to their gear. As hands grow, junior players need to upgrade their softball gloves and mitts to match their needs. As they grow old, the game also becomes faster paced, intense and powerful, which requires proper equipment. Offer a new softball glove to your beloved friend or family member! 


Tips on how to clean, maintain and care for your softball glove

Softball gloves are made out of leather. You can clean them by dampening a piece of cloth with (unscented) soap water. In no condition should you ever have to soak your glove entirely! Use  a towel (you might need more than one) to entirely soak up all excess water if there is any. Leave the glove in an area where it can dry properly. You can always place it in an area where there is constant air flow, such as next to a fan or next to a window that is north facing (no sun). 

When the glove is completely wet, it becomes stiff and hard to play with again. If your glove has been soaked after a rainy game, we suggest you pat it dry entirely and as much as possible. Then you place it in an area where it can dry (not in sunlight). While it dries, place a baseball in the pocket of your glove with an elastic around it to keep the shape around the ball. When it is dry, rub some glove softener with a cloth and leave it to dry for 24 hours. After this process, your glove should be back on track to be usable. 

Bags and accessories for softball gloves

After your game or your practice, we always suggest that you keep your glove in a separate compartment away from wet clothes. When you arrive home, always remove the glove from the bag and let it dry out.

Visit our site to view our bags with specific glove compartments. We also have products to help maintain the exterior and interior of your glove(s)!

Fastpitch softball and softball gloves: the right fit for every game

Fastpitch softball requires specialized fastpitch softball gloves designed for the larger softball's secure catch. With options ranging from youth gloves to outfield gloves, the right glove ensures comfort and performance, whether catching fly balls or making plays in the infield.

Webbing patterns for softball catchers glove and other positions

The webbing of a softball catchers glove can significantly impact performance. Different webbing structures cater to various positions in Fastpitch Softball, offering a deeper pocket for secure catches or shallow pockets for faster plays. The right webbing ensures a comfortable fit for both male and female softball players.

The ideal softball batting gloves and other types for female players

Women's softball gloves, such as softball batting gloves, are designed with the female athlete in mind. Extra padding, special webbing patterns, and full-grain leather or synthetic leather options offer comfort, game-ready feel, and functionality in Fastpitch Softball or Slowpitch games.

Adult slowpitch softball gloves: options and features

Slowpitch gloves, including adult slowpitch softball gloves, are crafted for the game's unique needs. Deep pockets, adjustable wrist straps, and extra padding ensure a comfortable and secure catch, making them a preferred choice for many softball players.

Outfield softball gloves for fastpitch and slowpitch

Outfield gloves are engineered for catching fly balls with deep pockets and extra webbing. Whether it's a Rawlings softball glove or other brands, these gloves offer a secure catch in both Fastpitch Softball and Slowpitch games.

Softball first base glove maintenance and care: tips for longevity

Your softball first base glove needs proper care to maintain comfort and flexibility. Whether it's full-grain leather or oil gloves, specific cleaning methods extend the glove's life. Tips for maintaining a "right-hand throw" glove or mens softball gloves ensure lasting performance.

Finding the best softball glove: a conclusion

Choosing the best softball glove means considering the time spent playing, positions, and individual preferences. From youth softball gloves to gloves designed for female softball players, comfort, and performance are paramount. Whether it's an adult slowpitch softball glove or the best softball glove for Fastpitch, Baseball360 offers a selection tailored to every player's needs.


FAQ about softball gloves 

How do I know my softball glove size?

To determine your softball glove size, measure the distance from your index finger to the heel of your palm. Consider factors in glove sizing such as the fit around your fingers and the type of glove. Youth gloves will have a shorter pocket and size, while adult gloves may vary in size.

Is there a difference between a baseball glove and a softball glove?

Yes, there's a significant difference between a baseball glove and a softball glove. Softball gloves are generally larger due to the bigger ball size and often come with different webbing and pockets. Baseball players often find that the shorter pocket in their gloves isn't suitable for the larger softball.

What size softball glove does a 13-year-old need?

For a 13-year-old, the size glove typically ranges between 11.5 to 12.5 inches. The exact glove size depends on their position and fit preference. Factors in glove sizing, such as the fit around the fingers, should be considered, and an inexpensive softball glove could be a good starting choice.

How do I choose a softball glove?

Choosing the perfect glove depends on your position, size of your fingers, and personal preferences. Consider the glove types, whether all-leather glove, synthetic leather gloves, or custom fastpitch gloves, and the category of glove like infield or outfield. Your choice of glove may also include classic softball gloves or specific brands like Adult Slowpitch Softball Glove.

How do you guess glove size?

Guessing glove size involves considering the fit around the fingers and the type of game (such as Fastpitch or Slowpitch). Classic softball gloves or closed-back glove options might fit differently, and your exact glove size can be determined by trying on various classy gloves or using a sizing chart.

How do you break in a softball glove fast?

To break in a softball glove fast, you can apply oil gloves or specific glove conditioner. Massaging the oil into the glove, particularly around the fingers and wrist closure, helps soften the material. Playing catch and using the glove repeatedly also reduces the break-in time, especially for full-grain leather or premium leather gloves.

Is there a difference between infield and outfield gloves in softball?

Yes, there's a difference between infield and outfield gloves in softball. Infield gloves usually have a shorter pocket and are designed for quick plays, while outfield gloves have deeper pockets to help with fly balls. The category of glove you choose depends on your position and preference for factors like black glove or closed-back glove options.

How do you pick a youth softball glove?

Picking a youth softball glove involves considering the child's age, position, and size of their fingers. An inexpensive softball glove or a below-mentioned gloves from popular brands might be suitable. Look for options like synthetic leather gloves, which offer good durability, and consider the glove types, such as classic softball gloves or a specific category like cheap softball glove. The choice of glove should provide comfort and a secure fit, with options for wrist closure and desired pocket depth.