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Buying Baseball Gloves

  • Each player should have his or her own glove and should take the time to find one that is comfortable and fits well.

  • Players, especially younger ones, should choose a smaller rather than larger glove, because a larger glove is more difficult to open and close quickly.

  • T-Ball players might consider a vinyl glove, which are much softer and does not need to be broken in like a glove made of leather.

  • Breaking-in a leather glove is a time consuming, but necessary task. Use softening oils or saddle soap, and tie a ball or two into the glove using rubber bands or string to form a well-defined pocket. Have your players repeatedly pound a ball into their glove while watching TV or, better yet, attending a high school, college or professional baseball game.

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