Sunday , November 17th 2019
    For Great Sports

Why Baseball Turf Shoes?

Having the right equipment is important in all sports, and that is why we want to talk about baseball turf shoes today. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re a youngster playing Little League, a high school player, college, minor league or Major League Baseball player, in today’s competitive sports environments, you can’t afford to make the mistake of playing with the wrong equipment. Even a slight advantage may be all that makes the difference between being selected for a team or playing with the scrubs. The difference between making it to the next base in time or getting to that deep fly ball, and doing it consistently day in and day out is what separates the men from the boys (or the ladies from the girls when it comes to softball). Youth baseball cleats are a critical piece of equipment in the development stage, and if you’re playing on turf or even harder natural surfaces, baseball turf shoes are probably what you should be wearing on your feet.

With playing seasons being extended everywhere through the development of traveling teams, club teams, etc., baseball fields never really get a rest these days. Not to mention the fact that many local fields are multi-purpose fields, allowing all different sports events to take place on them throughout the year, many communities are finding that the natural surfaces just can’t handle the use and abuse. The solution for many is to bring in artificial turf field surfaces.

With artificial turf, you don’t have to worry so much about weather conditions. Even heavy rains will usually drain off the surface of the turf quickly (the grass portion anyway, not necessarily true with the dirt and clay…) Plus, even when used over and over in wet conditions, the turf won’t get chewed up the way natural grass would. And on top of all that, you’ll always get a relatively true bounce from the ball (at least it won’t hit any divots or sprinkler heads!)

However, with the advantages that come with turf surfaces, there are some adjustments that need to be made by baseball players who will be playing on them, and one of the most important things to address is their baseball shoes (notice I didn’t use the term baseball cleats!)

Turf surfaces are very hard, and having your standard baseball cleat is not a good idea. Not only will a player be standing higher off the ground (higher center of gravity) than they need, they also run the risk of having both less traction because the cleats won’t penetrate the surface, as well as the risk of significant injury if the cleats do grab the surface because they won’t release the way they are designed to do with softer, natural grass. This can lead to twisted ankles, knees and back problems.

Baseball turf shoes are designed to have just the right amount of grip for these artificial, hard surfaces. They will keep the ball player and their foot close to the ground while giving them maximal traction and minimal risk of injury. You can find baseball turf shoes in all sizes and from all manufacturers such as Nike, Mizuno, Adidas, and others. Just like with youth baseball cleats, you can find them in flashy new colors and designs, or in the traditional, old school styles… whatever suits your tastes.