Are you new to Softball and want to know everything there is to know about all the equipment that you need? Then you've come to the right place! This guide will help you choose the correct shoes for softball. It's good to know what to look for when searching for softball shoes, fastpitch softball cleats or slowpitch softball shoes. Because do you need metal cleats or rubber cleats, high or low shoes and what material is the best for you? Keep on reading to find out!
Softball is a game which requires speed, agility and adaptability from the player. You’re always on the move and need to perform every inning of the game. Therefor, you need to be comfortable on your feet. The right pair of cleats will help you with this. The most important factors to keep in mind are cleat type, field position and league requirements.
Let’s start off with the league requirements.
Before you sort out a few pair of cleats to try on, check your local league for the specific requirements regarding the type of cleats. Most of the youth and amateur softball leagues don’t allow metal cleats due to safety reasons, while other high school, college and professional leagues allow the use of metal cleats.
Moving on to the cleat style, there are three different styles of cleats.
Last but not least we have the position on the field. When it’s possible for you as a player, try to go for a cleat which is suited for your position. Keep in mind that every player has different needs on the field.
For example, a pitcher need a reinforced toe because of the well known toe drag. Pitchers often go for a low-top style cleat to give maximum flexibility on the ankle movement. The metal cleats pick up way les dirt and grass than molded cleats because of the thinner spikes. The metal cleats are suited for infield and outfield players. They also provide more grip to start a sprint for the outfield player to go after a ball.
Other considerations for the player
A lightweight padding in de midsole of the shoe provides an extra cushion and shock absorption for a comfortable feel.