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Face Mask Policy

*Please note that our fielding face mask policy is included as a waiver that must be signed during all registration events.

LNGS has always embraced a culture of "safety first" for all of our players.  We have decided as a league to stay at the front of the pack and expand our safety rules to include the following:

  • ALL 6U players are required to wear face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • ALL 8U players are required to wear face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • ALL 10U players are required to wear face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • 12U infield players (1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, shortstop, and pitcher) are required to wear face masks during practice and games.
  • 14U pitchers are required to wear face masks during practice and games.
  • 14U infield positions are highly recommended to wear face masks.

This policy is based on evolving safety concerns within the softball community, and is not exclusive to LNGS. Face mask policies are slowly being enacted at other local leagues and leagues throughout the country. These policies are being enacted both by coaches on their own and by leagues as a general requirement. We expect that face mask requirements for all ages of players will become more prevalent in the coming years.

In an study published by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, it was concluded that "being hit by a ball was the most common mechanism of injury (52.4%) and accounted for most of face (89.6%) and head (75.7%) injuries". Pitchers and third base are especially vulnerable to fast moving balls. Additional articles can be found in the Rip-It Blog inlcuding their Facemask Awareness Month posts. Here is a scary/good article to read if you're not convinced!