The days of summer are upon us again and that means playing baseball or for younger kids t-ball.
If you have decided to let your young child play t-ball this summer you want to make sure you buy one of the best baseball gloves for them to help ensure they are able to use it properly and learn the proper techniques for catching.
My family was a total “baseball family” and at one time I think my dad had over 18 baseball gloves sitting around the house. He taught me just about anything you could want to know about how to pick the right baseball mitt.
I’ve just recently bought a new baseball glove for my 5 year old and thought I would share the best baseball gloves for 4-5 year olds that I would recommend for parents to check out.
What Size Baseball Glove For a 4-5 Year Old?
When it comes to buying a glove for a 4-5 year old, which is the traditional age for tee-ball, you want to make sure you buy the correct size for their hand as well as take advantage of some cool features like gloves that are already broken in.
Although the hand size of a young child will vary from one to the next, there are some basic sizes that will fit most children this age.
You’ll find that the typical t-ball glove size is 9.5″ and for some younger players around 3-4 years old 9″. This size will work for most children but if your child does have a larger hand and is big for his age, you can go up to a 10″ or 10.5″. I wouldn’t recommend anything larger than that for a t-ball player.
The Best T-Ball Gloves (Including Left Handed T-Ball Gloves)
Franklin Sports RTP Camo Print Tee-ball Performance Glove
This is the particular glove that I bought for my 5 year old t-baller to use. This is his first baseball mitt and so far it has worked really well for him.
Plus, he really liked the camo print on the glove as well. (It is also available in a black and orange print digi-camo).
The glove measures 9.5″ inches, which is the typical size you will want to buy for a 4-5 year old. Some 6 year olds who play t-ball still may even still be able to use this size glove depending on their hand size.
The really neat thing I like about this glove is that when we got it there was no need to oil it and beak it in as it was already broken in and ready to be used.
It utilizes RTP (Ready to Play) technology which means your child can start using the mitt the minute they get it and they shouldn’t have any problems squeezing the glove.
It’s super lightweight and comfortable for my son as he has already used it for several games and playing catch several times in the backyard.
It also comes with a soft foam ball that is perfect for teaching your child to catch a baseball.
It is also available in left handed throw style as well for any of those parents who have a lefty on their hands. (My older son is a lefty and I know how difficult it can be to find a good baseball glove for him)
If you aren’t interested in this print style of glove or you just want to check out a few other options for the best tee-ball glove, here are two more mitts that I recommend as well.
Franklin RTP T-Ball Glove with Ball Set
This glove is basically the same style as the Franklin mitt above but it doesn’t have the digi-camo print and instead comes in several different colors including red, pink/gray and black.
This glove even comes with a soft foam t-ball that is perfect for teaching your child to learn how to catch with the mitt.
It also features the RTP technology that makes the mitt already broken in and ready to be played with as soon as you receive it. No need to buy any baseball mitt oil or struggle with trying to squeeze the glove.
I really like this part about these gloves because we all know how impatient a 4 and 5 year old can be and now they don’t have to wait to actually play with the t-ball glove.
It also makes it much easier to help your child learn how to catch the baseball because it is easy to squeeze and is lightweight.
The glove measures 9.5″, perfect for a 4-5 year old’s hand.
You can buy it in a left hand throw or a right hand throw.
This is a great starter baseball glove and will probably last longer than your child’s t-ball years, so you can pass it down to younger kids as well. It may not cost a lot but it is a quality glove.
If you are looking for another brand of glove besides Franklin, then check out this one from Rawlings.
Rawlings Players Series 9 Inch Youth Baseball Glove
This baseball mitt is recommended for ages 3-5 years old and does come with some really great reviews from parents who have bought the glove for this age range.
It does come with a soft core training baseball that is the same size as a normal t-ball ball but has a softer core that makes it safer for playing catch with beginners.
This particular glove is a 10% player break-in glove which means that it is almost completely broken in but may be a little more firm than a completely broken in glove.
There are plenty of reviews that state their child had no problem using the glove as soon as they received it.
It does have the basket web style that you see in a lot of bigger baseball gloves making it more flexible and makes it look just like a real pro baseball player’s glove.
The glove is leather and although it doesn’t cost very much, it still is a great, quality mitt that will last through your child’s tee-ball years.
You can buy the glove in the black and red color seen here or you can even get it in a pink and black color as well.
Wilson MLB Tee Ball Glove (Different Teams Available)
This is a super fun t-ball glove for a 4 year old who has a favorite MLB team or a favorite player that they want to be just like.
It is available in most of the Major League teams including the Indians seen above as well as Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and even just a general MLB designed glove.
The mitt is designed to be lightweight and flexible for younger kids.
It measures 10″ which is still a good size for most t-ball players. Most of the styles are only available in right handed designs only.
What I like about this glove is that it’s one that you don’t have to worry about getting mixed up with other players as well as it’s just a fun glove to encourage your child to have fun playing.
Before You Buy A Baseball Glove For Your Child
Be sure to choose the correct style of glove. If your child throws with their right then you would pick the right handed style. That means the glove can be worn on the left hand and they can throw with the right hand.
If your child throws with their left hand you would want a left handers glove so they can wear it on the right and throw with their left.
You also want to buy a glove that is lightweight and easy to use for your child, which can be found in the recommended t-ball gloves above. There is nothing more discouraging to a child then to go to try to catch a ball and not being able to squeeze the glove properly because it’s too hard or large.
Teaching your child to play t-ball can be a lot of fun and is a great way to get then interested in sports and physical activities at a young age. If you are really interested in teaching your child tee ball you’ll want to buy them the best t-ball set for learning how to hit as well.
Buying your 4 or 5 year old the best tee-ball glove can be a good start to getting them to catch a baseball the right way and allow them the self-confidence to really grow up loving the game.