I'm happy to see that the constitution was ammended to allow for all players to wear metal cleats. Now we might (and that's a big might) be able to actually dig in at the plate in the month of July when the infield has turned to concrete once again.
Yeah...I guess I didn't really think too much about that. I'm not a digger myself... one or two sweeps with each foot for me. I hope it won't end up like that...there's nothing worse than triping coming out of the box because you're 6" in the ground.
Really you will only be able to dig about three inches down if the slow pitch league replaces the patio stones they had under there. Metal cleats simply improve the league and give it more credibility. No real fastball leagues state that you can only use plastic cleats. We have over the years done a very good job in improving the league. I remember when we used to have the committment line and you were not allowed to touch home plate.(I am embarrassed to bring that one up).
I think it will of course happen on occasion, but I don't believe there is anyone in our league who'd do such a thing on purpose. It's not like their cleats are sharpened either... it won't hurt much more than the plastic I don't think.
I believe we will have some guys with injuries due to the metal cleats for sure. Some will be on purpose as we do have some players who tried with plastic cleats to do this on purpose. The main reason people will get injured is because a lot of guys don't know how to slide properly (I don't slide so I don't have to worry about this). Either way I still believe metal cleats are the way to go.