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Discussion: Pitchers mask

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Dec. 2, 2021
Gdub
2 posts
Pitchers mask
Has anyone had any issues with the masks that pitchers wear.
Dec. 3, 2021
JDub
Men's 60
205 posts
For me, wearing a mask actually hinders my vision.

What specific issue(s) are you experiencing ? ? ?


Have Fun, Be Safe,
Jeff White
Legacy Sports USA (AZ)
Dec. 3, 2021
Gdub
2 posts
I don't think there is a good mask for a pitcher. Our league is using a softball catchers mask. I to think they do hinder my vision to. I miss to many grounders off to the side because of the mask.
Dec. 3, 2021
AKA: Southpaw
162 posts
4 months ago, after a line drive broke 2 bones in my left cheek, my wife decided I needed a helmet. With our daughter's assistance, they found a cricket helmet/faceguard on Amazon. There were actually several different models/styles.
It fits well; is very durable and there are no vision issues. Highly recommended!
Dec. 3, 2021
DieselDan
Men's 70
514 posts
Have you looked into female softball batting helmets?
Dec. 3, 2021
rmp0012002
Men's 50
57 posts
Smash It Sports has full pitching helmets (Viper) and more old school ones as does Amazon. Since a mask is needed these days I don’t pitch. Any type of helmet/mask limits my vision and especially my peripheral vision. It’s enough where I’m not confident in my reaction time.
Dec. 4, 2021
JDub
Men's 60
205 posts
Gotta ask Southpaw,

"4 months ago, after a line drive broke 2 bones in my left cheek"

Mask or Maskless? Game or BP? Pitching or Infield?


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Dec. 4, 2021
AKA: Southpaw
162 posts
JDub, I was pitching in a senior league (RASSA) game. This part I hate to admit--we use nets. Line drive about 4 inches off left side rail of net. I peaked; split second blind spot and knocked me out. 3 days in hospital.
Our 3B said the sound off the bat and on me was almost the same. Another thing I hate to have to admit--our league uses the Rock in spite of earlier protests from me and others.
Of course, the blame is all mine; should have stayed behind the net!
Dec. 4, 2021
AKA: Southpaw
162 posts
I failed to give credit where it is due. My good friend and coach of the 60 Gents, Steve Stokes, recommended the cricket helmet. It is a Shrey.
Dec. 4, 2021
AKA: Southpaw
162 posts
Also forgot to mention how fortunate and blessed I am. I sat out 8 weeks then came back and played the last 2 months of our season. The mask is my new best friend!
Dec. 5, 2021
mad dog
Men's 65
4182 posts
when i pitched i used a baseball coaches helmet (wear the helmet backwards like a catcher) in conjunction with a rip-it/champ-pro style face-mask.....i also have seen the softball batter's helmets with cages on with also a catchers throat guard .....both have great vision......
Dec. 6, 2021
neck10
710 posts
AKA staying behind the fence makes good sense the screen is to protect you .Your face mask isn't going to protect you if you take one off your chest it could be light's out.your face mask isn't going to help if you take a ball of your shin.We use a screen in our league it has saved many a pitcher from serious injury.I could never bear hitting a pitcher in the face or heart,someone get's hurt bad or get's killed because other's or so Macho Don't just talk safety abide by it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There's not a pitcher in senior softball that has fast enough reflexes to combat how fast these guy's can still hit the ball. There's no weight room to go to to improve your reflexes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec. 6, 2021
neck10
710 posts
I
meant to say 65 & 0lder senior softball
March 3, 2022
RiverRandy55
5 posts
I have played softball for over 40 years. I never wore any safety equipment while I played very thankful that I never was injured on the mound. I am now making my comeback after not playing for 12 years. I really believe I need a mask while on the mound. The balls are coming so fast off these hot bats. I know my reflexes are much slower now I welcome anymore feedback where to buy a light mask with the best vision. Looking for a team 65+ to pitch for. I live in Southern Ca close to Palms Springs.
March 7, 2022
neck10
710 posts
we were playing in Sanford One of our hardest hitter's hit an outside pitch went up the middle .Everyone stated jawing except the guy that got hit.inbetween innings I caught him before he got off the field, I told him I was sorry & that none of my players would ever hit him on purpose. He pulled me over & told me to kick him where he had got hit.so I did to my surprize he was wearing a full catchers gear. he told me the only thing safer was a screen , I agreed & everyone was happy.
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