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Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Face masks add safety and have zero effect on performance. Do you also complain that Pony League requires catchers to wear cups? Of course not, because the sole objective of many of you is to find something to knock Little League.

I am here to tell you that I not only know how to spell hypocrisy, I know what it means. If you want to place a face mask on your son at the plate, go ahead, you should have that freedom. If you want to mandate that my kid wear a face mask then I will have to decide if I want to play little league or go to a program where it is optional. There has always been the option to have your kid wear a face mask.

For that matter, you can wrap him or her in bubble wrap if you want. I choose not to. We have become way to complacent when it comes to giving up our freedom of choice. In the meantime, I find it quite boring to argue with people who keep changing the subject as a strategy every time you challenge them on something.

JD made a vague reference to little league experimenting with a transitional field size. The one thing that makes you a slave to someone else is taking money from them. Little League is now beholden to the aluminum bat companies, the helmet companies, the glove companies, the uniform companies, the television affiliates and ESPN and all their advertisers.

I am unabashedly, unashamed to bash Little League because they deserve it. We learned to play the game by playing the game, as simple as that, and a little later on I hooked up with a very good sandlot—it could have been called semipro if the players had gotten paid—team with a manager with good baseball savvy. There was none of that b. And still later on I found myself a pitching coach who was nothing short of incredible; he was an active major-league pitcher who doubled as an extra pitching coach, and what I learned from him was priceless—not to mention giving my team an extra edge or two.

My 10 yr old son is recovering from a blow out fracture to his orbital floor lower eye socket from a pitch to the face in a Little League AAA tournament game a week ago.

It was like a heat-seeking missle, as my son backed away from it, it followed him. He has been taught to turn away on inside pitches and always has done that, but in his previous at bat in this game, he was called out on an inside pitch, one that had quite a bit of movement on it and ended up in the glove closer to the plate than he was expecting.

I think he was trying to hang on to this pitch in his vision a bit longer to get a better look because of that, but in any case, he should have turned away sooner.

Our daughters played D1 college softball and ASA began requiring face guards in The ruling affected our younger daughter, who at first had some adjustments to make, but as time went on, it was a non-issue. And altho in college it was not required, the one who had played travelball with it did continue to wear it.

I would have loved it if Little League had that requirement in place a week ago. So, yes, it should be taught and re-taught at younger levels how to turn from inside pitches.

Yes, being hit is part of the game. If anyone has an opinion on an effective face guard, I would appreciate any input. Thanks for reading, even though I realize my opinion, as a parent, might be different from most of you esp since this is a pitching forum , but thanks anyway. Just like the seatbelt law, it would take time to adjust, but after that, I think it would be no big deal.

First I want to say that I empathize with your experience and I hope that your son recovers fully without any lingering side effects from the incident. Your post was well thought out and presented fairly so I respect your opinion. I disagree but I respect it. Yes, I really do understand why you might be pleased to have Little League mandate faceguards given your experience. However, I would point out that the balance of civil liberty and safety is the crux of the arguement.

The impositions of mandates or laws by governing bodies both restricting your liberty or mandating an action should only be accepted when the results are a benefit to all members of our society in an overwhelming fashion give the totality of the circumstances. Such a situation you mentioned yourself. Doubtless that they save tens of thousands of lives on a yearly basis.

Even though in rare instances, the seatbelt itself is the cause of death. However, I would argue that driving is the type of situation the majority of us participate in and a failure to persue a high rate of seat belt use would be against the public good not only through injury but finacially due to hospitalization costs.

The game of baseball is a sport that in comparison is insignificant to the public safety issue. As such I feel it is the domain of parents and guardians to decide what safety equipment should be used. For instance, I do not know a single parent who insists that their son where a helmet or any protective head wear while pitching.

Would you be in favor of such a requirement? There have been numerous kids killed by batted balls. Perhaps every player in the infield should wear a protective helmet also, afterall they require base coaches to wear them because of the death of a single minor league base coach.

As a coach I would not allow a catcher to get behind the plate without the minimum of helmet, mask, chest protector, leg guards and protective cup. As a coach it is my right to act as legal guardian for a player and so I feel justified in mandating these items. But when requiring certain actions, where does one stop? My final point is not meant to offend you. After all he stands within inches of every pitch that is thrown. We are a society so used to having governing bodies tell us what is the right and wrong thing to do that we give up our right to make those decisions for ourselves.

There are plenty of situations out there that are dangerous to our kids. The game of baseball is old enough to have made those decisions about safety equipment and I believe we should not add more rules to the book. My son and his buddy took off biking one day while I was at work.

My wife, insisted that each one wear a helmet. She even made sure they were on securely and not just there for show. They were not required by law for his age. Going down a steep hill, my son lost control and flew headfirst into a cement culvert. Even with the helmet on, he fractured his skull, suffered a subdural hematoma on the brain, was lifeflighted by helicopter to a surgeon who skillfully saved his life and patched his head back together with titanium plates.

He was wearing one because I required it and I married the right girl. Thanks for all your time in responding; you obviously have a passion for the subject and I respect that. For example, seatbelts are required in the front seat in more states than the backseat because injuries occur more frequently in the front. Catchers have to wear face guards, but not infielders bc even tho they all get injured, the frequency would be much greater for the catcher if not wearing protection.

I guess it comes down to: Anyway, I do see your point. You are concerned with your freedom. I just feel as the game develops in intensity at younger ages, so should our safeguards. Little League is the first youth-based sports organization to require national criminal background checks for all of its volunteers with repetitive access to children. That can be looked at as an infringement on freedom, but we all know the good outweighs the bad there. I think it does here too, sorry.

As someone who grew up playing the sport and has always loved to watch the sport, it is hard to take one specific side on the issue. Having a daughter, it has opened my eyes to the dangers that can occur that you have no way of controlling. Coaching does have a lot to do with it, but I also think that the sport is evolving just like every other sport does.

With new technology in bats being made, players can hit the ball harder, and on the other hand new technology of equipment has been created to help protect those on the field…as well as batters! Softball players used to wear normal batting helmets, and now a shield like a football helmet has to be worn. No one ever complained about that rule when it was made So why not take advantage of equipment offered?

I do however believe, that when a child hits a certain age, the parents and child have say in what protection they would like to wear. That design is more to protect the head rather than the face, as my daughters league needs to have. My research also led me to a site that talks solely about this topic- http: They might as well disband Little League altogether and forbid kids from going outside to play because they might get hurt tripping on the sidewalk!

What is this world coming to?

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