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Learn About Fastpitch Softball Gloves

The Fastpitch glove is a crucial piece of equipment. For many players, their glove is deeply personal as they spend hours shaping and breaking it in to fit their preferences. Different types of gloves cater to various positions on the field, such as infield, outfield, catcher's, first baseman's, and pitcher's gloves. These are crafted from different leathers and construction styles, each providing distinct qualities. Despite the visual similarities with baseball gloves, fastpitch gloves are designed to optimize the performance of the fastpitch player. Due to the larger size of the ball, fastpitch softball gloves feature wider and deeper pockets compared to those of baseball gloves. A second difference is how they fit the player’s hand. Baseball gloves often feature a larger hand slot opening and more spacious finger stalls, accommodating the size of male hands. In contrast, fastpitch softball gloves are designed with a narrower hand opening and smaller finger stalls. Softball gloves often feature an adjustable wrist strap to provide more flexibility in their sizing. To view our complete offering of fastpitch softball gloves, click here.

How to Choose a Fastpitch Softball Glove

When selecting your next fastpitch glove, consider what position you will use the glove at. Gloves are designed specifically with a position in mind to give the player the best performance possible. Next, consider the size of the glove that is best for you. For more information on glove sizing at each position, consult our size charts here. Now that you have an idea of the position and size glove you want, decide what material and webbing you prefer. For more information on the different materials and webbing options, check out our Fastpitch Softball Glove Guide. Finally, consider your budget. BaseballMonkey offers a wide range of gloves for any price point. You can find our complete selection of gloves here.

Fastpitch Softball Glove Size Chart

Age/Player SizePitcherCatcherFirst BasemanSecond BasemanShortstopThird BasemanOutfielder
7 and under8" - 10.5"29.5" - 30"8" - 10.5"8" - 10.5"8" - 10.5"8" - 10.5"9" - 11"
8-1010.5" - 11.5"30" - 32"11.5" - 12"10.5" - 11.25"10.5" - 11.25"10.5" - 11.5"10" - 12"
11-1311.5" - 12.5"31" - 32.5"12" - 13"11.25" - 12"11.25" - 12"11.75" - 12.5"11.75" - 12.5"
14 & up11.5" - 12.5"33" - 35"12" - 13"11.5" - 12.5"11.5" - 12.5"11.75" - 12.5"12" - 13"

Fastpitch Softball Gloves FAQs

What is the best glove for fastpitch softball?

The best gloves depend on the player’s specific position and personal preferences. There are multiple fastpitch gloves options, but we suggest checking out Rawlings or Mizuno for your fastpitch glove. They have gloves across every price point and position. To view our complete offering of fastpitch softball gloves, click here.

What size fastpitch softball glove should I use?

Sizing comes down to multiple factors: age, position, and personal preference. For more information on glove sizing at each position, consult our size charts here.

What is the best softball glove for 2023?

One of our top softball gloves is the Rawlings Liberty Advanced. For more information on this glove and other top gloves of the year, check out our Best Softball Gloves for 2023: Fastpitch & Slowpitch Glove Reviews.

Can baseball gloves be used for fastpitch softball?

Yes, you can technically use a baseball glove to play softball, but it might not be the best option. Baseball and Softball gloves differ in their construction making it challenging to catch and control a softball with a baseball glove. The deeper pocket and larger webbing of a softball glove make it better suited to the demands of the game.

How do you break in a new fastpitch softball glove?

Use your glove! The best way to break it in is to use your glove as much as possible and break it in naturally. If your glove needs to be broken in quicker, you can use methods such as glove steaming, mallet work, and leather conditioners.

What is an illegal glove in softball?

According to the WBSC, gloves or mitts with white, gray, or yellow optic circles on the outside that give the appearance of a ball are not official equipment and must not be used.

Fastpitch Gloves Buying Guides

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