When you’ve got kids, there’s a lot of pressure to be the best.
The best of the best, it seems, are typically the ones who play with the best of their peers.
Here are 10 kids baseball glove experts’ picks.
Nick Rolston, director of the Youth Sports Foundation, an advocacy group for youth baseball, says he was looking for the right baseball glove for his 11-year-old son, Hunter, when he was first introduced to the sport.
“We had him get an older model, which is a really great model,” Rolstons son, Alex, says.
“I remember being really excited about it.”
Adam Jones, a senior at Lakeland High School, had to switch from his regular glove to a glove that was the size of a baseball.
“There were so many times when he’d come home and we’d have to put his gloves away, because he was playing with other kids,” Jones says.
Alex Johnson, a sophomore at University of North Texas, says his family was in a big rivalry with the boys soccer team when he first started playing.
He says the boys didn’t really have any gloves.
“They’d always wear the glove that had the numbers on it and he’d have the glove he wanted,” Johnson says.
Mike Zawary, who is a junior at St. John the Baptist College, says the most important thing he learned was that his gloves were supposed to be comfortable.
“It’s like your hands are the best gloves on the field,” Zawaries son, Austin, says with a laugh.
“The Big Ten,” the league for college baseball, introduced a new glove for the 2017 season that’s the size and shape of a regular baseball glove.
“You can’t go wrong with the Big Ten Gloves,” says former Minnesota Twins star and current MLB player Miguel Sano, who played with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2002 to 2011.
“Because they are so comfortable and they are made for the games.”
“My dad, when I was young, had his gloves made in Mexico, but we were always the only ones that did that,” says Michael Gorman, a former NFL quarterback and current trainer for the Atlanta Falcons.
“Our parents would always say, ‘No glove for you, kid,'” says Austin’s father, Michael.
“And that’s kind of when we really started to grow up.
So, you know, when you get to the NFL, you can get a glove, but it’s not necessarily going to be right.”
“A kid will come up to you and say, I want my dad’s gloves.
He’ll tell you what he wants it to be,” Gorman says.
Nick Pinto, director for youth sports for the Sports and Fitness Industry Association of America, says it’s important for kids to have fun, because “they’re going to have to get used to it in the real world.”