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Sept. 11, 2014
Norq44
59 posts
face masks
I'm sure this subject has been thoroughly discussed, but I stopped coming to this board some time ago. I see the antagonists seem to have either toned down or been asked to leave. I am wondering if I could get some feedback on pitching masks. They aren't required in Florida but I am back in Nevada now and need to purchase one. Any help in this issue would be greatly appreciated. If I had my way, I would NOT choose to wear one, but I understand that it is a mandatory piece of equipment now.
Sept. 11, 2014
B94
Men's 50
138 posts
I wear the Worth Pitchers Mask and after a couple game to get used to it I would pitch without it anymore. It's comfortable, and I don't find it too bad for picking up the ball with the exception of the nasty one at the ankles...
Sept. 11, 2014
pureevil
19 posts
I also use the worth mask. I think it is a must have cause if you turn your head the helmet will still protect you from damage
Sept. 12, 2014
mad dog
Men's 65
4172 posts
the worth pitching mask is great.....also the rip-it face mask (metal ) is another good one to use...great vision with it.......i would stay away from any plastic mask.......
Sept. 12, 2014
jimmy13
1 posts
For the past two years I have been using a Lacrosse Helmet. I had seen Team USA on TV once and the pitchers face mask caught my eye. After some research I found out it was a Lacrosse Helmet. You can pick one up at "Play it again Sports".
Sept. 19, 2014
OlyPenSenior
19 posts
They are required for the pitcher in our league. I use and like the Rip-It Defense. It has very good visibility, decent cushioning, is lightweight and inexpensive. It comes in several colors, if that matters to you. The plastic ones out there aren't very durable. I also would stay away from those.
Sept. 19, 2014
playball5
22 posts
Often hear complaints.I noticed more middle infielders using them. Anyone ever have one save their bacon?
Sept. 20, 2014
leftyodoul
Men's 65
104 posts
I have seen the results of what a ball traveling over 100mph can do to a plastic mask and a human face. It isn't pretty! 2 years ago I purchased a lacrosse helmet/mask. The mask portion is made of titanium and the helmet has a chin strap to keep everything tightly in place. I wouldn't use anything else.
Sept. 21, 2014
OlyPenSenior
19 posts
Playball5, I have seen some balls glance off of the masks. One thing players like about them is they can play a hit ball more aggressively on the infield rather than defensively. This can be important on less than good fields and with hard hit grounders.
Sept. 21, 2014
hitman
Men's 70
338 posts
Using the Schutt metal and took a bad hop off of chin/cheek area, I'm sure it saved a broken jaw.
Sept. 23, 2014
OlyPenSenior
19 posts
I looked at the Schutt one, but didn't like the rounded piece extending down from the forehead into the main sight area. Otherwise, it seems very sturdy. I know some players who use and like it.
Sept. 25, 2014
J R
244 posts
I like the rip it .I wear glasses.the Rip T works well with glasses
Aug. 19, 2015
Cougar
Men's 65
26 posts
I bought a Rip It a couple of years ago when I played 3rd base but never really felt comfortable wearing it so I gave it to a friend who is a pitcher. He loved it. A mouth guard is a must tho if you're playing infield, I took two bad hops to the chin this summer and the guard saved my teeth.

With that being said, this morning while playing ball, I hit a hard grounder to the 3rd baseman which took a real bad hop and hit him square in the mouth. We had to drive him to the local hospital emergency room to get him taken care of.

It goes to show you that even the best of players are at the mercy of the game and if there are pieces of equipment that can protect you, then take advantage of them. I came to this thread because I'm now going to get another mask............

Aug. 19, 2015
FOFO
Men's 55
250 posts
I wore the RIP It mask and liked it until Sacramento when I took a line drive off the side of the head. I would recommend a helmet design such as the Worth or The lacrosse mask. I know I will have one before I take the bump again' that is if the wife lets me.
Aug. 19, 2015
FOFO
Men's 55
250 posts
Norq44, I also live in NV and only one league that uses Senior Bats requires a mask as far as I know. You don't need them for any others.
Aug. 19, 2015
mad dog
Men's 65
4172 posts
fofo i used a coaches batting helmet with my rip-it.....just turn it around like its a catchers helmet...it covers my head and side of it also...feels great...get the one with air vents on top....also seen a guy with a double ear flap batting helmet with a mask on it(like the ones girls use for fastpitch softball)...he cut out a couple of bars that blocked some of his vision and added a throat protector like the ones catchers use....
Aug. 20, 2015
FOFO
Men's 55
250 posts
Mad Dog,
That's a good idea. All I know is you need something to cover the side of your head in case you flinch which is a distinct possibility when a ball is coming at your mug at 100 mph.
Thanks
April 1, 2019
Brown E
Men's 60
1 posts
I thought I would start wearing a mask at SS this season but would be the first in the league to do so. Have had hard hit balls bounce past my ears in the past and maybe this would make me stay in there a bit better not to mention keeping my good looks. Anyone else wear one.
April 1, 2019
Omar Khayyam
1292 posts
I think it depends on your age group. In the 70s and older, quite a few infielders now wear face masks. The most common seems to be third basemen, followed by shortstop and second base. Once or twice a middle fielder (allowed on older teams) but I can't recall seeing a first baseman wearing a face mask. I suppose it is just a matter of time. Most of these face masks are inadequate for a blow to the side of the head, but all of them do a pretty good job of saving a bloody nose or busted teeth.
April 2, 2019
outlaw44
7 posts
since i have been playing(55AAA) senior ball and moved to the infield due to injury(3B which is a shooting gallery)not to mention additional leg protection,cup and an evoshield chest piece, i would not be caught without a face mask,i have the boombah with a movision shield for additional protection, first tourney i wore it, i took a wicked hop off the left cheek in vegas, it took absolutely no time to adjust (former catcher ) i have been looking in to a lacrosse/hockey style with a throat guard.
April 2, 2019
garyheifner
591 posts
I wear a helmet with the face mask. Over the last 2 years. I have taken 2 shots off the helmet. Not liners. I get those easy. It was bad hops off the pitching rubber. Wish they would get ride of it. They can outline the legal box with those little marking flags they put in the holes for the bases when dragging the whole infield and finish it off with the chalk outline.

Moving up to the 75AAA level this year I might try my face mask when pitching. I will always wear the mask when playing other infield positions. I also plan on wearing the mask when playing outfield when I am looking directly into the sun. I have seen some very serious injuries to outfielders requiring ER and stitches.
April 3, 2019
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
143 posts
Not that I pitch, But I was to do so... I would wear a Lacrosse helmet... it provides full coverage of the face and all around the head... Good deals on used helmets at your local "Play it Again Sports"
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