Yet ANOTHER question from a new GK mom

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  1. multisportson

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    hey everyone, I have a two part question here:
    1. How do you dry your keeper's gloves? I understand that the dryer is a no-no. Right now I've got my boy's gloves hanging from a hanger in front of a fan, after I gently squished them in a rolled up towel. Is there a better, faster way? My perfunctory internet search did not give me any great tips.
    2. My boy has one pair of nice, relatively new gloves that he wears for games, and his old pair that I insist that he use for practice. Do you all have multiple pairs of "practice" quality gloves for your keepers to wear on consecutively rainy days? Or they need to just suck it up and play with damp gloves? I am not buying him a third pair of gloves, but I'm afraid that using damp gloves day after day is going to make them smell super funky.
    Thanks for all of your advice on this forum, you've really helped me a lot.
     
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    Dryer with no heat; throw in a dry towel you don't care much about, like the dog's towel.
     
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    Silica packs (desiccants), and rotate the gloves. My DD has multiple pairs, but seems to only want to use her new pair; I have stopped buying her gloves until she wears out the pairs that she has.
    If I know that the conditions are miserable (wet) for a practice, I will physically hide her game gloves. Kid is stubborn, must get it from her mom.
     
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  4. multisportson

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    I didn't even think of the silica packs, but that's a GREAT idea. I have a ton of them at home, just waiting for a cell phone emergency. I hid my boy's game day gloves too. :D
     
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    This is pretty much how I do it, too. I would avoid the dryer, even without the heat, just because I feel like every nano particle of that expensive latex needs to be preserved, lest I have to drop another $100 bucks again before the season ends. The one thing I think helps is after hanging them up, go back and "re-squish" them in a dry towel about an hour later. It's amazing how much water you'll get out as the moisture inside gets re-absorbed to the latex surface. I will also insert mason jar screw bands (the ring part of a two-piece jar lid) into the wrists to keep the glove open so the insides get some air while they dry.
    Yep. My DD always has 2 pair, but sometimes three if one ratty pair has lasted long enough. We use the cheapest, rattiest pair for her team practices, a decent used pair of game gloves for for GK training, and newish game gloves which if I catch her using during training, will result in consequences like grounding from her iPhone. Seriously. They will ALWAYS go for using the new pair if they can get away with it even if it's just a low key team practice on crappy old hard turf. Makes me furious!!
    LOL! My kid too!
     
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    It gives me comfort to know that my kid isn't the only one reflexively reaching for the new gloves. "But I need to break them in!" he says. So I give him one week, and then I hide them. :rolleyes:

    I would have more pairs of gloves, but his hands keep on growing before he can wear out his gloves, so that's why I don't have many back up pairs. He's 12 years old and wears a size 10, so I imagine he'll probably stop at an 11 or 12. Maybe then I can build up a collection of 2nd and 3rd tier gloves to break out when it rains.

    thanks everyone!
     
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    Recently purchased some new practice gloves for my kid, they ripped at the seam where the latex meets the mesh area on the thumb. This was only the second practice he got to wear them.

    Game gloves are not allowed for practice, at least that is the rule that we applied when you dropped all that money for them.
     
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    GK glove smell. Funny. It's gnarly! They need to wash their entire backpack from time to time as well! How many pairs of gloves do you usually have for your GKs?
     
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    Page 2 of the GK Forum has a thread I started about gloves. Lots of info in there on cleaning by myself as well as a few others.
    I wash my GKs gloves every 3-5 uses depending on usage. Smelly gloves don't exist in my house. After washing I stuff them with paper towels to help soak up the moisture. After about 6hrs I remove the paper towels and continue letting them dry on their own. Just remember to "squeeze" the water out after you wash them. Don't "twist" them to remove the excess water or you'll pull on the latex too much and send them to an early retirement. And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remind them to use water to dampen the gloves before training and keep a water bottle next to them by the goal to continue dampening as needed and the occasional sip. NO SPITTING in the palms. This does nothing to help make the latex sticky and only helps create more funk in the gloves.
    Funny thing that everyone keeps mentioning their GK wanting to use the new gloves. My kid uses her training gloves until they are beat to death and I have to tell her to toss them and rotate her game gloves to training gloves and then open a new pair of game gloves. She always says "they're still good"...me.."not when I can see the palm of your hand through the glove":eek:
     
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    My son refuses to use his new or newer gloves for practice or training. He's gotta look sharp on game day!

    I was told that Tea Tree Oil, just a drop in each glove, helps with the smell. This comes from a pretty good source at the Sportspage.
     
  11. MyDaughtersAKeeper

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    These are the kids “backup” gloves. So these and 1 pair of Reusch gloves that are her primary gloves right now. I REALLY like the one odd glove, because of course she lost the other one.
     

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    Thanks! I will go look it up.
     
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    Maybe I'm just lucky, but my kid's gloves don't smell. Not yet, at least. I am thankful for that.
     
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    She wears them down to this, then she gets a new pair. :D And yes, she still likes the Adidas Ace Fingersave gloves.
     
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    just use a towel.
    lay the glove at the bottom of a towel (or top).
    leave enough towel so you can fold it up onto the glove.
    grab the glove with the folded up towel
    start rolling the the glove and towel upwards like a burrito
    going to squeeze out the water from the glove into the towel this way
    then you can just hang the gloves up to air dry

    can do it a couple times if its really wet. this is how i squeeze out my chamois as well
     
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    My only concern with wearing gloves down to that level is the lack of protection. Team training is not as much of a concern as is GK training. There are a few older boys high level teams from the club training at the same HS when my kid is there. They come over to the GK side of the field and practice shooting and PKs from time to time. The pace these boys hit the ball with is blistering. I've been out there shagging balls to help out and caught a stray ball on the calf one time. It stung like hell!!! I was about 5yds away from the goal and the shot went wide and clipped me as I was picking up another ball. Had a nice bruise to go with it. I couldn't imagine taking a ball like that in the palms of your hands. On the drive home after that session I told my kid how proud I was and how much respect I had for her to be out there doing what she does. Fearless. I've told her this before but this time it was different. I guess you kinda have to be in order to be a solid GK. Plus a few screws loose to do what our kids do. :eek:
    (I think we can all agree on that to some degree)
    But back to my original thought..the safety issue. I know we all want to save money because I think GK parents spend much more than the average field player. (Field players buy two kits and that's about it. Cleats as needed. We spend extra money throughout the year on protective clothing for our GKs as their gear gets worn out and needs replacing. Same goes for gloves. I don't think field player parents realize this.) At what point do you balance risk vs reward? If my kid got injured because I had her continue training with sub-par gear not only would I be pissed at myself and want to kick my own ass..but now she's paying for my mistakes. That shouldn't happen. Injuries happen while playing but they shouldn't be due to lack of protection due to crappy gear because I tried to save a few bucks. We each have our own financial burdens. My .02 YMMV.
     
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    As long as you wash them every 3-5 uses they shouldn't smell. Washing them is what keeps them alive. Leaving all that dirt and grime in there is what wears them down. The bacteria is what makes them smell. Use a good glove wash. Dish soap seems harder to rinse clean imho. Air dry. Repeat as needed. (She uses West Coast gloves. If I'm close to getting free shipping but still a bit short I just add an extra bottle of glove wash because it's something I know I'm gonna use.) My .02
     
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    @pewpew 1,000% agree. My daughter broke her wrist last year during a training session. 2 factors involved, 1 - adult male former professional player shot at her, with what I am guessing was a lot of force, from inside the box. 2 - she was wearing a pair of "practice" gloves that we had purchased. They were Storelli gloves, but a step down from the gloves that we normally bought, of course they had just a little less stiffness and projection in the wrist area. Not a fan of spending the money but would rather that than another broken wrist.
     
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    At a recent training, the coach had some high school players shoot at my 06 son, and he said their shots really hurt! Way more than the shots of a typical 12 year old. So yeah, I can definitely see paying to make sure he's got the best gloves he can, even for practice.
     
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    Scary with the broken wrist. How long to heal? FYI don't normally have her gloves go down to that level in the picture. She did a camp in Arizona and I didn't bring a second set for her so that was how they looked at the end of camp. Pretty sure it wasn't a new set to start with. She did face some 16-17 year old boys but was fine. I always worry when her head coach decides to shoot at her, but I can tell that he holds back a bit. I always assume she has strong hands and wrists with all the basketball she plays, but will keep an eye on some of the things she does.
     

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