What are Cleats?
Whether football, soccer, baseball or even golf, athletes who play on turf or dirt need cleats. Athletes wearing regular sneakers may slip or fall on wet playing surfaces. Cleats are athletic shoes with plastic or metal studs on the sole designed to help the shoes grip the playing surface.
For instance, all of those for school and youth baseball leagues must be made of molded plastic. Metal varieties are illegal in these leagues because they pose a danger to the other players. In general, athletes playing on harder surfaces, such as artificial turf, need shorter studs on their cleats, while those playing on wet, muddy surfaces need longer ones.