Gloves protect more than just the fingers. They're designed to protect the wrist, backhand, palm, thumb and fingers.
Gloves come in many varieties of material, ranging from the shell, to the palm, to the types protective foam padding used. Most beginner’s gloves, however, will feature a nylon shell, single density foam padding, and a soft faux leather palm. As with all Learn To Play Equipment, it's more important to ensure a proper fit over finding the highest end equipment.
Gloves should fit comfortably without pain or hindrance to movement. There should be a “just right” fit; not too loose and not too tight. Your fingers should not be bunched at the tip, but a little contact is okay. The cuff of the glove should extend to the bottom of your elbow pads, leaving no part of your lower arm exposed. If you prefer a shorter cuff, you may consider wearing protective wrist guards in the uncovered area.
To determine the correct size, measure from the player’s longest finger tip to the end their elbow pad. This distance equates to the size of glove they’ll need. For example, if you measure 8 ¾” from finger tip to edge of elbow pad, a 9” glove would be the proper size.