My son is 8 years old, and is currently playing on a coach pitch tournament team. I am probably going to buy him a catcher's mitt pretty soon because he seems to have settled in as the near full time catcher, and he really enjoys catching. I don't want to spend a fortune because he may not get to play catcher next year when he moves up to kid pitch, but as long as he's enjoying himself, I want to do what I can to help him. This weekend was the first time he's ever complained about his hand hurting, so up to this point, he's just been catching with his regular glove. That is obviously part of the reason why I want to go ahead and buy him a mitt.
I'm looking at a few models and was hoping for some advice:
Akadema Prodigy Series AGC98 - 32" - $60
Rawlings Gold Glove 32.5" - $83
Louisville Slugger Helix Series 32.5" - $70
Can anyone provide any feedback on these gloves? Are there other youth sized mitts out there that I should consider that would be in a similar price range (up to $120 or so)?
Thanks for the help! I can't contribute much to this website, but I enjoy lurking and reading the threads.