USA Youth Bat Regulations
- What do USA Bat Regulations mean for you, or your youth player?
- When do the USA Bat Regulations go into effect?
- What organizations are implementing these regulations?
Read more about the regulations here: USA Youth Bat Regulations.
Or maybe this video can answer some of your questions: USA Youth Bat Regulations Video
Parts of the Glove
Learn everything you need to know about baseball gloves-- starting with the basics: the parts of the glove.
has not been sanded or buffed to remove imperfections from the surface of the hide. The grain remains, creating fiber strength and durability. The grain also has breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact.
is the most common type used in high-end leather products and the second-highest quality leather. It has had the "split" layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain.
is stronger, smoother, cleaner and more durable than all other leathers
is medium weight, but sometimes can fall on the heavy side. It performs well and breaks in fast but also wears faster than steer hide.
is somewhat stronger than cowhide. It tends to be stiff and heavier with long break-in periods.
is seen by some manufacturers as tougher and lighter than full grain steer hide but breaks in just as easily.
is one of the toughest leathers in the world. It is lightweight but has a tensile strength stronger than cowhide.
is a synthetic material used in some Wilson gloves. It is very durable and reduces the overall weight of a glove.
is a synthetic material used in several manufacturers' gloves. It is used to reduce weight.
There are several different types of glove webs out there, each with different pros and cons.
Which one's best for you? In the end, it comes down to personal preference. Certain webs are better for certain positions, but even then, you might prefer something else. Infielders sometimes shy away from closed web baseball gloves, but Derek Jeter, one of the best in the game, uses a closed web glove. Try a few styles, weigh what matters most to you and choose a glove based on that.
Single Patch Webs
are popular, especially with second basemen. These webs are a patch of leather attached to the body with Double-X lacing on each side. The single patch allows players to catch and throw without the risk of getting their fingers stuck in the webbing.
are common in the everywhere on the field, especially in the outfield. These webs have two bars of leather connected by a horizontal strip to increase stability and control. The thick leather bars provide a large catching while still remaining lightweight. The bars are also handy for blocking the sun or field lights while still keeping an eye on the ball.
are popular in the infield and looks similar to the H-Web, but it features a pair of leather X's connected to the bars. The benefit here is that its laces can be easily modified to change the depth of the pocket.
are not as common as other styles, but these webs can be found in the infield. Their deep, stable pockets makes them a good choice at any position.
are the most popular in the outfield and is often referred to as the six-finger glove. The laces allow the glove to close naturally around the ball.
Modified Trap-Eze Webs
which has a "sixth finger" like traditional Trap-Eze gloves, but usually isn't as beefy as standard Trap-Eze webs. The T-bar allows for more stability while it's lacing allows the web to expand.
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