Julian Connerton was supporting his mother's fight against breast cancer.
Egg Harbor City Crusaders coach Paul Burgan met with the 12-year-old and his family on Tuesday night and apologized for the misunderstanding.
Burgan tells The Press of Atlantic City he simply forgot why the boy wanted to wear the gloves and he would have let him if he had remembered.
The coach says the boy was right to stand up for his mother.
Connerton says he looks forward to playing in Saturday's game, which will support breast cancer research. As they have for the past three years, every player and cheerleader will wear pink socks.