KHSAA Mandates Face Protection in Softball
By West Kentucky Star Staff
COVINGTON, KY - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Control has taken a progressive step in the area of student-athlete safety by approving a recommendation from staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen.

The Board’s action makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball, and continues the KHSAA’s willingness to be at the forefront in regards to player safety, as the Association implemented a pitch count in baseball one year before it was approved at the national level.

The new requirement will go into effect at all levels of play among KHSAA member schools with the upcoming 2018 season. A specific model or brand was not specified, but all face protection equipment must to be worn as intended by the manufacturer in order to comply with NFHS rules. It will also be recommended for immediate implementation to the Middle School Advisory Committee when that body meets during the 2017-18 school year.

Published 09:32 PM, Tuesday Jul. 18, 2017
Updated 06:41 AM, Wednesday Jul. 19, 2017

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