If you're a parent buying a glove for the first time for a youth player, consider that a stiff leather glove can be hard to operate the hand in.
So the first thing we want is a soft, supple leather glove that will protect the hand but not be too hard to open and close. If this isn't a concern for an older player, look into a Japanese Kip leather glove.
This type of leather is a high-end leather found on most professionals' hands. It's durable and, for stronger hands, easily managed. Relentless Sports, an online sports equipment company, has made both leather options affordable and effortless to find the proper glove.
The next thing to consider is the size of the glove and chamber. The chamber is the glove's interior and how the hand fits loose or snug inside—two sizing options for youth or adults to simplify the choices.
Most gloves you buy off the shelves with youth chambers also have poor pleather or plastic that won't last or protect the hand.
Finding the right chamber for those kids that might be between those chambers is relatively easy. The rule of thumb is that if you are still throwing the baseball with three fingers instead of two, you should still be using a youth chamber. The length of the glove is determined by infield or outfield play.
This can be challenging to find the right length vs. pocket size, especially when you can't physically hold the glove. I'll make it simple, as a youth player buying a hybrid glove roughly 11" to 12" inches can simplify the process.
A Hybrid glove would roughly be a third baseman glove. A deeper pocket than a middle infield glove and longer fingers are more like an outfield glove, so it sits right in the middle of having a functional glove for both infield and outfield play. Great for the starter player.
Choosing the webbing is easy; for infielders, an open web is key for sifting potential dirt in and out of the glove. This allows for smooth transitions with a dirt-free ball when making time-sensitive plays.
So an I-web or V-web are ideal choices for infielders, while the T-web or trapeze web is best for outfielders. The T-web or modified T-web you'll find at Relentless Sports acts more like a basket to help keep balls in the glove.
Choosing the backing of the glove, whether it's open or closed, is key for positions. Open back for infielders helps with letting the wrist be more mobile for those odd tags or tough plays.
The closed-back supports the wrist for outfielders to assist with shoestring catches and beefs up the back of the glove to give it more support for hard-hit balls.
Check out Relentless Sports if you are a First Baseman or Catcher to see what they offer in those areas. This should get anyone on the right path to purchasing a new glove perfect for gameplay.