Parents of kids who play sports often have a lot to learn. You have to learn the rules of the game, the practice expectations, terminology used in the sport, and all about equipment or gear used to play. One such piece of gear kids have to have for many different sports is footwear and, more specifically, cleats.
You may or may not know there is a difference in the cleats used for various sports. But you need to be aware of this for your kid’s sake. We’re going to take a look at the cleats used in two popular sports for kids to play, soccer and baseball.
Is There A Difference Between Baseball And Soccer Cleats?
Yes there is. These two sports are played very differently. In baseball, the ball is controlled by the hands of the player, not by the feet. There is running in baseball so the players wear shoes that are cleated on the bottom to provide them with better traction.
On the other hand, or foot we should say, soccer involves the feet for much more than just running. Much of the game is played with the feet. The ball is maneuvered by the players’ feet for the entirety of the game. While soccer cleats are also worn to give players more traction, the placement of the cleats has to be different to ensure the safety of all soccer players.
The main difference between a baseball cleat and a soccer cleat is the pattern of cleats on the bottom of the shoe. Soccer cleats have two cleats with space in between them towards the front of the shoe. Baseball cleats will have one cleat at the very front of the shoe. That single cleat is referred to as a toe cleat.
Why Are There No Toe Cleats In Soccer?
Soccer players often get hit in the shins by other players’ soccer cleats. A toe cleat can cause injury to a player. By having two cleats set apart from each other and farther away from the toe, the shoes are much safer for soccer players.
Are Soccer Cleats Dangerous?
Soccer cleats aren’t dangerous, but there are some considerations you should be aware of when you’re trying to choose the right pair for your child.
First, where the cleats are going to be used matters. Some fields are inside and some are outside. That usually means some fields have real grass and some fields have artificial turf. The soccer cleats you’ll need to buy for your child who’s playing on artificial turf won’t be the same as the ones meant for playing on real grass. Bladed cleats intended for use on natural grass can get caught on artificial turf. That can cause a bad injury to the ACL.
We all have budgets to stick to, but you shouldn’t choose your child’s soccer cleats based solely on price. The recommendation is to find cleats that fit the foot of the player snugly as if the blades or cleats are an extension of the foot.
What Do Soccer Cleats Look Like?
It used to be that you could tell if shoes were soccer cleats at a glance. That’s not always the case anymore. Soccer cleats used to be rounded. Now they’re much more rectangular, much like a baseball cleat, or even football cleats. The best way to determine if a shoe is a soccer cleat is to turn it over and look for the cleat pattern.
How Can You Tell Baseball Cleats?
A baseball cleat will have a toe cleat to give the player better grip on the ground for fast acceleration to run. The cleats, themselves, are usually lighter than those of football cleats. You may see baseball shoes that have metal cleats on the bottom, too. Other sports don’t allow for metal cleats, however, baseball does.
Do Soccer Cleats Work For Baseball?
It’s much more important in soccer to have the right kind of cleats because the game is played virtually entirely with the feet. Baseball is different. The cleats are important so players have good traction, but much of the game is played using the upper body. Soccer cleats will work just fine for playing baseball at the little league level.
Can My Son Wear Soccer Cleats For Baseball?
Unless it’s otherwise specified by the coach or the league your child is playing in, your son can wear soccer cleats for playing baseball. As he gets more serious about baseball, though, you may want to get him a pair of baseball cleats, instead.
Do Cleats Make A Difference?
Soccer cleats, baseball cleats, and football cleats do all make a difference for players in their respective sports. The shoes were designed around the specific needs of each type of athlete.
Sports, by nature, are performance-based activities. Having the right equipment means boosting your child’s performance level. It also means keeping them safer. A lot of research goes into designing gear like this. The intention is always to increase performance and prevent injuries to players.
Are High Top Cleats Good For Baseball?
High top cleats can be good for baseball. They give more support to the ankles. You’ll want to be sure the added weight of a high top shoe doesn’t make it hard for your child to move around, though.
High top shoes that have metal cleats may be too heavy for little ones. That’s something else to consider. While metal cleats work very well for traction on the field, they’re heavier and can cause injuries when players try to change direction very quickly.
Sizing—Do Baseball Cleats Run Small? What About Soccer Cleats?
Baseball cleats typically run a little small. A good guideline is to take the correct size for your child and then go up one half size. If you’re looking for metal cleats, they can sometimes be hard to find in sizes small enough to fit boys. You can look at women’s metal cleats to see if the smaller sizes will fit for a boy.
Soccer cleats can run slightly big. As you want the soccer shoes to fit snugly, some experienced soccer players recommend going down one whole size.
There You Have It
You should feel like you have a better handle on what you need to know about baseball and soccer cleats. Look for what’s going to work best for your child to keep him or her safe while they play and maybe even add a little something to their game. Then, you can sit in the stands with confidence that you’ve chosen the right gear to give your kid a better chance at success in their chosen sport.
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