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Discussion: Clear plastic facemasks

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Feb. 3

1 posts
I pitch in various senior leagues and at age 67 my reflexes are slowing down a bit. I dislike traditional masks with the metal bars as they impair my vision.

Does anyone know of a safe, quality mask with a clear plastic cover?

All I have found so far is the Combat Youth Face Off Mask.


Feb. 5
Men's 70
339 posts
Don't use the plastic ones, they aren't safe and according to some ratings they will maybe stop a 70mph ball, while most balls you would be concerned about will be traveling about 100+. Simple physics says that is more than twice the energy of the 70MPH.
Get a good helmet because the 1st reaction is to turn the head away leaving the temple exposed!!!!
Feb. 5

93 posts
I play major plus never wore a mask till senior ball. Wear it pitching bp Taking groundballs ...It really doesnt impair your vision ...Just get used to..It will be your new normal.Reid #4 team usa 55
Feb. 5

1113 posts
I agree with hitman... a few years ago I know of players who threw them out because they started to show signs surface cracks.. they now wear the rip-it masks
Feb. 6
mad dog
Men's 65
4189 posts
i used a ripit or champro adult fielding mask along with the base coaches/catchers helmet.....wear the helmet like catchers do(protects top and side)with the mask.....the metal masks have much greater view than any of the others to me....
Feb. 7
Men's 55
9 posts
Take a look at the Worth Legit Softball helmet/mask, it provides good visibility and is light weight with adjustable fit. I used it for a couple years then went to the Cascade CPV-R Lacrosse helmet for better protection when we bumped up to Majors. You can cut out the middle cross-bar on the mask for better visibility. This is similar to what the USSSA Majors players wear. Good luck and be safe!

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