Mandatory (Softball & Baseball) Helmet Face Protection Policy
Face Masks Required for Softball & Baseball DivisionsUpdated Sunday February 24, 2019 by Barrington Little League.
MANDATORY HELMET POLICY
Softball: All softball players (all divisions) must wear softball helmets with a full cage when batting. Barrington Little League will provide team helmets with full cages for player use if they do not have one.
Baseball: All baseball players in Divisions from Single A through Seniors are required to wear helmets with a full cage when batting. Barrington Little League will provide team helmets with full cages for player use if they do not have one. Majors Division, Juniors Division and Seniors players may elect to wear a C-Flap, permanently installed on their helmets, instead of a full cage, although use of a full cage is recommended. Additionally, 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.
Comment: 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 in 2018 was overdue since our softball divisions have been using them effectively for years.
Disciplinary Rule Applicable to MANDATORY HELMET POLICY:
Any player who violates any Barrington Little League safety rule by intentionally failing to wear League-mandated safety equipment while at-bat or in the field, in any regular season or All-Star game, shall be removed from the game by the manager, for the remainder of the game. Exception: If such conduct occurs during an All-Star game, the All-Star manager may allow the player to complete the Little League minimum play requirement for such game (Tournament Rule 9), if not already completed, so that the player’s misconduct and resulting early exit from the game does not result in penalty to the team under applicable Little League rules. The manager shall also promptly report any such violation to the Player Agent.
Helmet with Face Cage allowed in all divisions for 2018 and beyond
Helmet with C-Flap allowed only in Baseball Majors, 50/70, Juniors and Seniors