Today is the day you've been waiting for: your little one is finally old enough to participate in little league baseball!
You've been dreaming of the day you can start to share tips and coach him on you and your parent's favorite pastime. They're rearing to go out their and play, and so are you!
However, before your future all-star can take to the baseball diamond, they need a proper pair of baseball cleats. That can be tricky to accomplish the first go-around.
Here are a few tips for picking out his or her first pair of cleats and setting them up for success on the field.
Admittedly, not many youth cleats are made of the comfiest or best materials. That said, it's really more about getting the most support for their feet as possible.
You want to look for a pair of cleats that will provide stability as they feel out their first year of little league. The season is bound to be full of them falling down and slipping, so get a cleat that's made to combat that.
Make sure to look for materials that are as lightweight as possible and provide breathability throughout the shoe.
Don't focus too much on a cleat being water-resistant or any of those other features. Odds are, your kid will grow out of these cleats before next season so getting a youth cleat for longevity purposes doesn't make a lot of sense.
Just aim to find a style that's made of mostly synthetic leather. Those are the ones that will provide the most stability for your child's ankle and foot.
Youth baseball cleats come in a whole bunch of different and crazy color schemes for you to choose from. Depending on where you shop, it may be difficult to find ones with a modest color theme.
However, don't settle for crazy colors just because you don't want to spend the whole day shopping for kids cleats.
Almost every cleat model will come in several different colors. If you're looking for one in particular, as the footwear associate if they can order those in for you.
Another thing to note would be to stay as close to black and white as possible. You may be tempted to buy those royal blue cleats that match your child's current team's colors.
However, it's possible he doesn't play on the same team next season or they switch colors. Then your kid is stuck with royal blue cleats on a red-uniformed team.
Instead, get your fix of team spirit by making custom baseball pins for every team they're on throughout the years.
Many parents make the mistake of falling for the advertising with brand-name baseball cleats for their children.
Let's face it: your child isn't at an age where they'll be picking up top speed or diving for that hot corner line drive down the third baseline. The name of the game is stability; that's the most important thing right now.
Because of that, you'll want to follow this rule of thumb: the higher the cleat, the better.
Try to stay away from low top cleats as much as possible. With low top cleats, your child risks twisting their ankle as they round a base.
Learning to play with cleats on is as much of a learning process as learning how to field a ground ball for your child: it takes time. Set them up for success with either mid or high-topped cleats.
They provide as much security for your son or daughter's foot as possible. After all, that's the entire reason you're buying them in the first place.
As with any other waking moment of being a parent, buying your child's baseball cleats will be a process of give-and-take.
Your child will primarily be interested in certain cleats for their styles and colors. Meanwhile, you'll be most interested in the stability, price, and flexibility of the cleat.
That can lead to quite the battle because, as previously mentioned, more and more brands are creating cleats with wild colors for that reason.
Take the time to explain to your child what's most important to you in the cleats. It may not make sense to them now, but they'll at least know you're trying to protect them as they play.
Give them a few options to pick from as far as color and style by selecting a few that fall in-line with the features you're looking for.
Another way to avoid this whole fiasco is by finding cleats that their friends have on the team. Ask their parents where they bought that specific pair and schedule a time to visit the store.
That way, you and your child will both have an expectation of the exact shoe you're looking for. It will help avoid any arguments while at the footwear department.
As with anything else that you purchase for your child, make sure their baseball cleats serve two purposes: security and their sense of style.
If they end up with a pair you find ugly and hard to look at, don't sweat it. The good news is they'll grow out of them in a year!
Be sure to read this article on ten common baseball injuries to prepare yourself for what's ahead.
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