Iowa might become the first state in the nation to require softball infielders to wear protective face masks.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is considering a recommendation from its softball advisory committee to make the gear mandatory.
The Union’s board of directors considered the recommendation at its meeting Friday but will seek additional input before making a decision.
High school batters have been required to wear face masks since 2006. Some pitchers have worn masks over the last few years, but there is no rule that requires them. Any player who chooses to wear a mask is allowed to do so.
Each mask costs about $40.
The National Federation of State High School Associations does not require the safety equipment for infielders.
“I truly believe it’s a matter of time before they change the rule,” Union assistant director Joel Oswald told the board.
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