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Maryland Considering Face Masks, Goggles for Little League Baseball…

March 23, 2006

Even though tens of millions (probably hundreds of millions) of kids have played little league baseball without serious injury, apparently that’s not good enough for the fine state of Maryland.

State senators are debating whether or not to require little league players to wear protective equipment to save them from "bruises, bloody noses, and concussions".  They are even invoking the absurd fear that a rogue baseball will take out a kid’s eye. 

This is just stupid.  Face masks?  It’s not like little leaguers are facing Nolan Ryan fastballs.  I got beaned as a kid a few times, and yeah it hurt, but it teaches you to move.  Or if you are fielding, to catch the damn ball.

Kids don’t need any sort of protective equipment besides the one that’s already there – the batting helmet.

But apparently the Maryland state government knows better, so let’s all hail the further wussification of America.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2006 9:45 am

    What a bunch of HORSE POOP! As a father who has a son in little league at this very moment, I can’t believe that they are even considering this. My son LOVES baseball, and ever since leaving the coach pitch leagues, he has been working to overcome his fear of getting hit by the pitcher. He is a really good hitter and has an incredible passion for the game, but since he has been plunked a few times (and I know that it hurt), he has had to make a grown up decision of what to do. I have been able to have a front row seat for everything. I was there when he cried the first time he was hit, when he was almost in tears going up to the plate against a monstorous flame throwing 10 year old who had just pegged the previous batter and I was there when he ducked away before the ball was even thrown. But I was also there when he encouraged a scared teammate to go up and bat, when decided that his team needed him to be strong and with a determined look went up there and knocked a triple over the outfielders head and when he jokingly made a “scared face” to me from the on deck circle and then went up to bat and swung for the fences. At the end of the day what does he have? Certainly he has some bumps and bruises, some upset stomachs and even some late night talks about courage and being a man. But he also has a renwed sense of confidence, that he is able to overcome his fears, he knows that he can reach his goals but it will not always be easy, that other people around him have the same fear and that his father is proud of him, not because of the hits, but because he tried.
    I know it is a lot just from a little league season, but these are the moments that build character, and they are not always pretty, sometimes they are scary and sometimes they hurt, but if you spend your entire life being safe and worrying about protecting yourself from every possible contingency, you miss alot of the really important lessons in life.

  2. March 30, 2006 11:37 pm

    In the interest of full disclosure, I’m from Maryland and I kind of think TX sucks, so a lot of the following is probably just a knee-jerk reaction. That said, just because they’re debating the bill doesn’t mean it will pass. That’s what legislature is for. And I don’t think extra protection for 8 or 9 year olds is entirely out of the question. The article isn’t really clear exactly what ages and level or protection were being proposed in the bill.

  3. Tim permalink
    April 2, 2006 6:11 pm

    So what if you’re like me, and you actually tried to get hit by the ball?

    Easiest way to first. If I could wear all the body armor they’re proposing for these kids — I’d have jumped in front of the first pitch every time.

  4. April 3, 2006 11:00 am

    I guess it boils down to the constant internal debate every parent deals with – When do you protect your child and when do you help teach them how to deal and cope.

    PS – I’m sure that TX was for taxes – I hate them to, although I don’t see what that has to do with anything? Or maybe it was for Taxedermists – you are right, those guys are a little creepy.

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