little league softball?

Imagine this scenario:

Little Sherry is all set to go out and play in the softball championship on national TV. She’s nervous, but confident, and she grabs her glove and starts to jog from the dugout.

“Hold on, Sherry! Aren’t you forgetting something?” her coach calls to her.

She turns around, and he hands her a plastic contraption. “You almost went out there without your Stupid Mask on. Now go get ’em!”

The Stupid Mask…

Now I don’t watch much Little League softball, because why anyone who doesn’t have a sibling on the team would watch it is beyond me. But I noticed, as I was flipping channels, that they make the infielders wear these absurd devices that are not unlike headgear.


That’s it. The picture says it all, but I’ll spell it out. I’m all for safety, and face guards on helmets are fine…because the batter isn’t standing in a ready position with a glove on. But when it’s evident that little girls need huge guards while in the field because they simply aren’t capable of defending themselves with gloves and reflexes, then perhaps you’ve got them doing it wrong. Maybe ballet would be more accomodating, or simply waiting until they’re old enough to develop hand-eye coordination before making them play big people games.

Then they wouldn’t have to worry about looking like some characters out of Star Wars.

11 thoughts on “little league softball?

  1. whoever wrote this is truly a moron. I welcome you to call in to my weekly radio program in NY called Let Them Play. (Link Removed)

    we air every Saturday at noon

  2. Here’s a “genius” idea: They already make softballs with softer cores that come off the bat at a slower speed and do less damage, and they already make metal bats that are low tech and not designed to make 12-year-old girls look like Albert Pujols. The girls won’t look retarded and the equipment costs won’t go up if you just change the regulations on what bats and balls they are allowed to use. I just looked it on up and Worth brand Official Little League Softballs are specified as “Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) Level 10” softballs. Those are the HARDEST out of the RIF balls, and RIF 1 are the softest. Just use RIF 5 – 8 and maybe they won’t need to wear the Hannibal Lecter masks.

  3. I think it’s not a simple question of “coordination” but rather about “line drive” who arrive so fast that you have any time to protect your face, that ether you a child or an adult. They must be obligatory to pitchers or 3rd base. Read this and then, tell me if these masks are really “stupid”.

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