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Discussion: Clarification of mask rules

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Nov. 12, 2020
Bob S.
21 posts
Clarification of mask rules
Our team is playing in the Winter Worlds next week and I would appreciate it if the SSUSA would clarify whether an on-deck batter must wear a mask. We had different interpretations from different umpires in St. George. I would think an on-deck batter (who is not near others) would be considered as being on the field and not need a mask, but Iím not certain of the rule. (Itís also a pain in the neck to carry a mask in your back pocket when hitting and running or to go from the on-deck position to put your mask in the dugout before you hit.) Thanks.

Bob
Nov. 12, 2020
TimMcElroy
918 posts
Very simple....
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1- OFFENSE: the batter, on-deck batter (1) and runners on base do not need to wear a mask.
2- DEFENSE: the catcher does not need to wear a mask.
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Everyone else inside of the dugout or inside of the complex needs needs to wear a mask.
Nov. 12, 2020
Bob S.
21 posts
Thanks!

Bob
Nov. 12, 2020
Bob S.
21 posts
Tim:

In rereading your response, it appears fielders have to wear a mask. I assume thatís not the case, is it?

Bob
Nov. 12, 2020
Dbax
Men's 65
2080 posts
Tim, the catcher, umpires and base coaches need to wear them.
Nov. 12, 2020
Jawood
Men's 50
942 posts
I believe the catcher DOES have to wear a mask. Unless they've changed things again?
Nov. 12, 2020
softball4b
Men's 70
1213 posts
I love masks, they hide my double chins.
Nov. 12, 2020
Dbax
Men's 65
2080 posts
Mike, you better wear a couple of them.
Nov. 12, 2020
stick8
1985 posts
Catcher, umpire and base coaches: must wear masks
Batter and players in the field: optional
Players in dugout: must wear a mask or be 6 ft apart
Hope this helps
Nov. 12, 2020
TimMcElroy
918 posts
My mistake. I intended to say that catchers must wear a mask. All other defenders can go without one.
Nov. 13, 2020
Mikelmart
147 posts
I like masks,I've freed up a lot of time not having to trim my nose hairs.
Nov. 13, 2020
Bob S.
21 posts
Thanks again, Tim.

Bob
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