KHSAA mandates facial protection for softball pitchers, first and third basemen

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control has approved a recommendation to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The KHSAA made the announcement on Tuesday.

The Board’s action makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball. The new requirement will go into effect at all levels of play among KHSAA schools beginning with the 2018 season.

“Our students deserve only the best protection decisions that we, as rules and policy makers, can develop,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in a press release. ““I am thankful our Board decided to act now rather than wait until the issue reaches critical mass and other entities find themselves in the position of needing to be reactive rather than proactive in this area.”

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