To protect players from foot an ankle injuries, players of all ages wear cleats to provide proper traction, avoid slipping, give superior foot and ankle support and to aid in quick directional change. A properly fitted cleat will greatly reduce the chance of injury.
There are 3 different styles of cleats available to choose from: low top, mid top and high top. Low and mid top shoes are lighter weight and offer better maneuverability. A high top cleat will offer far better ankle support. If your player has suffered an ankle or foot injury previously, a high top cleat is likely the best choice. Another important feature when looking at cleats is a reinforced toe. This protects the toe of the shoe from scuffing and damage. Most of all, you should choose the style and type of cleat that is most comfortable.
While cleats are a vital piece of safety equipment, this will likely be a short-term purchase as shoe size changes rapidly at this age. All the cleats I have listed provide excellent support and good value. I have compared all the major baseball equipment sellers to find the best prices on these cleats. Below you will find seven of the most popular and highly rated models. I regularly check the pricing of all items listed on this page and update them accordingly. When I find better value with a different seller, I will change my listing to reflect the best value found today. I continually do comparisons, so you don’t have to!
All cleats for this age group are made of rubber, metal cleats are not recommended and in almost all cases, are not allowed. Ask your coach or league administrator if you have any questions regarding what type of cleat is required.
Keep in mind when purchasing cleats you want a snug fit. When your player is in between sizes, opt for the smaller size. A loose shoe can lead to foot or ankle injury. Snug fitting shoes will stretch when worn, so don’t be afraid to purchase a shoe that seems a little snug. You do not want to buy a shoe that is too small, be mindful of the difference between snug and too small. For more detailed information on baseball equipment purchasing, please read my article Baseball gear for kids – making the right choice.
Remember, we’re only trying to get one season out of these cleats so buy accordingly. I have listed cleats in all price categories so there should be something here that will meet nearly everyone’s needs.
There is a cleat size chart at the bottom of this page which should be used as a guideline only
If you have questions that have not been answered here, Please feel free to email me directly. You can reach me at Harley@baseballequipmentpro.com
Please visit my other baseball equipment pages for 11-12 year old players by clicking the following links:
- Bats for 11-12 year old players
- Gloves for 11-12 year old players
- Batting Helmets for 11-12 year old players
Baseball Cleat Recommendations:
Style: Mid-top — Sizes Available: 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0 and 8.5 – Multiple colors
Take the field in the signature style of one of the game’s best players, in the Trout IV Keystone. A synthetic leather upper with synthetic toe overlays provide you with a snug supportive fit, enhanced durability and improved longevity. A phylon midsole offers you lightweight padding that reduces cleat pressure for added comfort. The Nike® Force Trout 4 Keystone baseball cleat has fast flex technology and rubber cleat pattern that delivers multi directional traction and acceleration to perform your best when you step on the diamond.
- Synthetic leather upper creates a sock-like fit
- Synthetic leather overlay on the toe adds durability when dragging on dirt
- Phylon midsole provides lightweight cushioning
- Nike Fast Flex technology offers multi directional traction
- Rubber cleats are a durable substitute for metal cleats
Style: Low-top — Sizes Available: 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 10.0, 10.5, 11.0, 11.5 12.0 and 13.0 – Multiple Colors
Break the oppositions hearts without breaking the bank in the Nike® Lunar Vapor UltraFly 2 Keystone baseball cleat. A Fastflex outsole and 12 stud configuration enhance your performance on the diamond.