ASTM WK72690

    New Specification for Protective Headgear Standard for Baseball Pitchers

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F08.53 | Committee F08 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    This specification will address the incidental head strikes to the head by the baseball that may occur while engaging in the sport of baseball, specifically by the Pitcher. Headgear that comply with the proposed standard will be able to achieve the safety features of this standard and also address the wearability features sought out by the players, specifically the Pitchers.


    baseball; pitcher; headgear


    Professional pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB) have increasingly become susceptible to serious head injuries from line-drive batted baseballs. As batted balls are hit harder, pitchers have become more vulnerable, challenged and unable to react quickly enough to avoid being struck often in the head. Despite the risks, pitchers still reject wearing helmets as a solution, they find helmets cumbersome, hot and mechanically impeding all which compromise their performance. Currently there is not a solution available in the market that can balance head protection compliance with the wearable requirements demanded by these professional athletes.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Caroline VanIngen-Dunn

    Draft Under Development