As per the 2019 rule change:
Face masks are required on helmets for U16 and below players.
Increased safety for participants as it will help players avoid serious injuries and brings the national rule in line with the many Provincial and Territory rules.
What it means:
All batters, on-deck batters and base runners must wear helmets that have an attached face mask in the U16 and below categories.
In order to be considered a face mask, the mask must be attached to both sides of the helmet.
Specifically, the one piece attachment that extends only from one side of the helmet does not meet the requirements of the rule.
Coaches be sure to have extra screws and a screwdriver in your coaches bag!
Check with your local sports equipment retailer for a proper fit and installation of the face mask. Looking for a suggest retailer in the Lower Mainland? MVP Athletic Supplies Ltd., sponsor of the Softball BC Association of the Year Award, are happy to assist with your purchase/installation of a face mask.
ALSO: Infield Masks like the one shown are also mandatory for all players 16 and under.