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Discussion: Mask requirement when using pitching screen

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Jan. 12, 2023
Dee in AZ
1 posts
Mask requirement when using pitching screen
My over 50's league requires pitchers to wear a protective mask but we using a pitching screen. We are required to pitch over the screen, not around it. The SSUSA 2019-2020 rules MANDATE wearing the mask for pitchers but say NOTHING about using the pitching screen. As a pitcher I feel more protected (behind the pitching screen) than the other infielders who are NOT required to wear a mask. Should these rules say that the mask is recommended, not mandated, when a pitching screen is in use? Thoughts?
Jan. 12, 2023
8 posts
Our Vintage League uses a screen and also requires wearing a mask. Only difference is we are allowed to pitch over or around the screen but must get back behind it before the pitch is hit. Being a pitcher myself I would prefer the option of wearing a mask when using a screen, as I feel safer behind the screen.
Jan. 12, 2023
Men's 70
3231 posts
In our 45+ league here in Marietta, GA we use a screen. It is placed with in 18 inches of the rubber and we pitch around it. Masks are not required.
We are also not required to stay behind the screens.
I pitch and know which hitters to stay behind the screen and which ones I can venture out. :)
Jan. 13, 2023
Men's 60
342 posts
Good answer Bruce! :-)

Dee - SSUSA does not REQUIRE a pitching screen in their tourneys hence the reason that language doesn't exist the way you expect it might (not even sure they allow it? I certainly have not seen one in play in any tourney I have been to 60 and under). We use a screen in our league as well, placed 8 - 10 feet in front of pitching rubber, and like Bruce, we can pitch around and field a ball if it's close enough or get behind the screen if that is the safer option based on who is hitting! lol
Jan. 13, 2023
Men's 65
704 posts
What is the purpose of having a screen if it's not required to be behind it on batter contact?
Jan. 14, 2023
Men's 70
3231 posts
Curve, personal responsibility.
Jan. 15, 2023
Omar Khayyam
1357 posts
Our over-50 league has players of mixed ages, even up into the 90s. A screen is mandated for all pitchers. It is a standard 6 1/2 foot high screen and is placed within 3 inches on either side of the rubber and up to 4 feet in front of the rubber. Pitchers do not have to remain behind the screen and may field batted balls. Hitting the screen is a no pitch and a do-over. Masks are optional for pitchers as is additional protection for legs and chest. Players under age 75 cannot use a senior bat.
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