Helmet Rule for 2018
Face Masks Required for Baseball DivisionsUpdated Wednesday March 7, 2018 by Barrington Little League.
All baseball players in Divisions from Single A through Seniors are required to wear helmets with a full cage** when batting. Although baseball is statistically a very safe sport, facial injuries to batters can be particularly devastating when they occur. BLL's adoption of helmet cages for baseball is overdue since our softball divisions have been using them effectively for years.
Players looking to buy a new helmet should visit a local sportings goods store to try out the different styles available. Since cages and helmets are not interchangeable, players should consider buying both at the same time to make sure they get a comfortable fit.
Players who already own helmets should be able to find a compatible face mask, although choices may be more limited. If you take your helmet with you to Dick's, you may well be able to find a compatible facemask off-the-rack. The Markwort C-Flap is also available at Dick's and many other online retailers; however, depending on your helmet, you may find that installation takes a little more effort than with a facemask.
Players who do not want to buy their own helmet can share helmets provided by BLL as part of each team's equipment bag. Team helmets will all have facemasks.
** Majors and Seniors players are allowed to wear a C-Flap instead of a full cage at least for 2018. We also strongly encourage T-Ball players to start using face masks as well since they will be required when they move to single A.
Helmet with Face Cage allowed in all divisions for 2018 and beyond
Helmet with C-Flap allowed only in 2018 for Majors, 50/70, Juniors and Seniors