KHSAA first in nation to approve softball safety change
Jul 19th, 2017
(Image via Bob Pedecky | The Press Democrat)
If you're a follower of the Taustine Eye Center blog, then you might know that Dr. Taustine once didn't quite see eye-to-eye with some safety rules in Kentucky high school sports. He had two daughters that played field hockey, one through college. For years he spent time pleading his case to mandate the girls wear eye protection. Why do we have to wait for a girl to lose her eye (worse her life) for such rules to go into affect? You can read further on the outcome of Dr. Taustine's years of pleading and how it led to high school girls now wearing eye protection.
Now we have another story involving Kentucky high school sports. For years you've heard about devastating facial injuries in young softball players. That ball flies off the aluminum bats so fast the girls (pitcher in particular) barely has any time to react. Again, you would hear parents or coaches saying, why do we have to wait for a devastating injury to make life-saving changes? Back in 2014, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) recommended face masks, but several schools did not require it.
Well, we have some positive news. The KHSAA announced on October 18, 2017 that the Bluegrass State will be the first in the country to require softball players to wear protective face masks. How incredible is that news?! Starting this coming season, pitchers, first basemen, and third basemen will be required to wear protective gear.
We know Dr. Taustine smiled when he heard that piece of news. The KHSAA says they will push for the same rule to apply to middle school teams.
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