Amy, I hope the player is OK. Too scary to think about!
Last edited by PA SB Dad; 02-25-2013 at 01:10 PM.
I guess that 3B should just learn to play without a mask? Yes that is sarcasm for those of you didn't pick it up in my post. Honestly I can't understand any girl playing a corner infield spot or pitcher without a mask these days. Between the short distance, speed of the pitch, quality of hitting instruction and hot bats you'd be nuts to not wear one when the reaction time off the bat is less than 0.5 seconds. Heck it is probably less then 0.25 seconds for the hardest hit balls back to the pitcher. And unlike the heart problem which is quite rare, balls to the face are all too common.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the injured girl.
Last edited by Sweet Lou; 02-25-2013 at 01:13 PM.
At an earlier point in time, the bunt was not legal in softball. Maybe they need to return to that point, but it will never happen for one, simple reason, the NCAA will not support such a move. Actually, I don't think any organization would support the move, it is too engrained in their perception of the game.
I think there are other ways to protect the kids without changing the rules of play. The answer is simply common sense approach to equipment.
My 10U DD wears evoshiled chest protection and a mask!
My DD is a high school freshman 3b and wears a facemask. She has been told by other players and coaches that she will not get recruited if she continues to wear one. She doesn'rt care. The safety and security it gives her allows her to play that position aggressively.
Softball players should ‘toughen up’
Stacey Nuveman, San Diego State University assistant softball coach, offended some viewers when she said on national TV that her players should “toughen up” instead of wearing batting face masks.
Also an ESPN commentator, Nuveman made her comment during the Kentucky vs. California Super Regional game on Sunday, May 29.
“I don’t like (face masks). I think they’re cumbersome. I tell my (SDSU) girls who wear them, ‘come on, toughen up’.”
Her words aren’t on YouTube, but Nuveman’s statement—and the above quote—made it into a couple of online softball forums.
She was commenting on Baylor freshman catcher Clare Hosack hitting a foul ball into her own face (see above) during a Super Regional game vs. Georgia on Saturday, May 28.
With Baylor University playing in this year’s Women’s College World Series we’ll probably hear more about face masks and Hosack’s injury.
Yeah. People responded by saying that Stacy N. wears the best protective equipment made, behind the plate. So, how does she know?
MTR - A foul ball is a foul ball. Nothing else, just a foul ball.