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ASTM International Committee Developing Women’s Softball Mask Standard

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ASTM International’s sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities committee (F08) has begun developing a standard on defensive masks for women’s softball players. The proposed standard (WK70909) will apply to defensive/infielder masks that are designed specifically not to be worn with or attached to any type of helmet structure. 

“We see a growing interest from players, families, leagues, and the industry to come together and try to provide more protection,” said Gregg Hartley, a consultant who is a member of the committee. 

According to Hartley, several high school associations and youth softball groups now mandate the use of a protective mask for women’s softball players, which has created a need for the proposed standard.  

Hartley says that the standard could help the industry and others to understand a minimum level of protection and quality for defensive masks. He adds that softball governing bodies could use the standard as a level of player protection that they can specify. 

Anyone with an interest in women’s softball player protection is welcome to join in the development of the proposed standard.

Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN. The next meeting of ASTM International’s sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities committee is May 11-14, in Boston (Massachusetts, USA).

Media Inquiries: Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602; dbergels@astm.org
Committee Contact: Joe Koury, tel +1.610.832.9804; jkoury@astm.org 

 

Release #10965

February 3, 2020

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