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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.

The LNGS policy regarding face masks is as follows:

  • 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 rapidly being enacted at other local leagues and leagues throughout the country.

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. Click here for a college pitchers experience.

Posted by Chris Waguespack on Saturday, March 2, 2019

Text from Recent Facebook Post

I know a lot of you have already heard about it, but we had an extremely scary experience last night. Laney was pitching for HHS and took a shot back at her off the forehead. Thank God she was wearing a mask, and if there was ever a testimony for wearing one, this is it. If she hadn’t been wearing it, this morning would be a completely different setting.
!!!***Keep in mind, the ball never touched her face. The damage was done by the force of the ball pushing the mask into her forehead. I don’t even like to think about how bad it could have been without the mask***!!!
Went to the ER last night and doctors said she was extremely lucky, but no concussion or brain injuries.
She’s doing very well this morning. Had a huge knot last night, but doctors said it was actually in a good spot cause it’s the hardest part of the head. They aren’t concerned about fractures or any brain affects. She wants to play today, but she’s gonna take a day off for precaution. All in all so far, it was just an extremely crazy scare & she will be fine.

I’m going to share the video with y’all, but be warned, it’s intense!!