Baseball Cleats – Matching Your Cleats With the Field For Maximum Performance
Depending on the kind of sport your children are getting into, you may well be in the market for a pair of kids cleats. Cleats are simply shoes with extra transaction devices on the bottom, or outsole. These extra traction devices are like teeth to help grip the ground better and to help an athlete perform their best while having the peace of mind that their footing is as solid as possible and not too likely to slip out from under them while playing. In addition to trafficking, cleats also provide support, stability and protection for the feet and ankles.
While most of these characteristics apply across all cleats for all sports, there are some differences that you should be aware of so as not to put yourself, or your child, in the wrong kind of athletic shoe for their particular endeavor. In fact, even if you (or your child) plays multiple sports that require cleats, you'll probably be well advised to look into the specifics of each sport and its associated shoe. Having the wrong shoe for the wrong sport can be highly detrimental to an athletes efforts. In fact, it could potentially even lead to unnecessary injuries. For example, an American football player will probably be more concerned with support and protection of his feet than a soccer player. Their feet may get stepped on repeatedly in pile ups around the line of scrimmage, for example. And their feet do not want, much less need to be, sensitive to those things.
A soccer player on the other hand does need to have some 'touch' to his or her shoes. In other words, they can not afford to have big, huge, heavy boots on their feet as they need to be more precise with the acts they perform with their feet and shoes. Therefore they are more likely to favor cleats that have a lighter, softer leather.
When it comes to softball and baseball cleats for kids, you need to be aware of a few different varieties and decide what is best. In fact, I hate to tell you this, but you might even find that you'll need more than just one pair of youth baseball cleats, depending on the variety of surfaces to be played on.
You see, for normal, natural surfaces with good quality grass and dirt, you will probably want to have your standard baseball cleats, also sometimes called baseball spikes. These have metal "teeth" coming out from the bottom to provide traction. However, if you are playing on very hard ground or on artificial turf, these same shoes will be no good. What you need instead are baseball turf shoes.
Baseball turf shoes have many more, and smaller, 'teeth' or nubs on the soles. They are also made of softer rubber, which will translate into better traction on harder surfaces. Just think about it for a moment … what if you were asked to run as fast as possible down the concrete sidewalk wearing shoes that had hard metal teeth for traction. And then you had to turn quickly! …
As you can see, there are many different qualities that make up different sports, athletes and athletic gear. Matching them up properly can mean the difference between getting the most out of an athlete and struggling just to get by.