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by girlerl » Fri May 21, 2010 12:52 pm

Last year at 14u Nationals in Georgia the girls were allowed to wear stud earrings. Is this a new rule? I don't have the 2010 ASA rule book in front of me. I am just wondering because my daughter wants to get her ears pierced for the first time, and I told her she had to wait until after High School was over. Not sure if I want to be taking earring in and out right now, or should we wait until Aug.
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by NumeroUno » Fri May 21, 2010 1:07 pm

Wait until after nationals and that comes from expirience. :lol: ears infected from taking them in and out
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by ASAPAump » Fri May 21, 2010 1:22 pm

The only thing regarding jewelry in the rule book is the following:

3-6-F. Exposed jewelry, which is judged by the umpire to be dangerous, must be removed and may not be worn during the game. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body so the medical alert information remains visible.

So, I guess your umpire deemed the studs to not be "dangerous." Personally, I would rather not see a girl's earring be ripped out of her ear, but that's just me...
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by Dugout Dad » Fri May 21, 2010 1:26 pm

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by Spazsdad » Fri May 21, 2010 6:36 pm

ASAPAump wrote:The only thing regarding jewelry in the rule book is the following:

3-6-F. Exposed jewelry, which is judged by the umpire to be dangerous, must be removed and may not be worn during the game. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body so the medical alert information remains visible.

So, I guess your umpire deemed the studs to not be "dangerous." Personally, I would rather not see a girl's earring be ripped out of her ear, but that's just me...

I have always hated that "reasoning" from Umps. Seriously, how would a small stud get ripped out, especially on a batter that is wearing a helmet. Had an umpire make a girl take a nose stud out. I know the rule is there and any umpire can interpret it how they chooses but these girls do have a life outside of softball. Maybe a little common sense would be better than a CYA blanket policy.
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by vcblue » Fri May 21, 2010 11:22 pm

Spazsdad wrote:
ASAPAump wrote:The only thing regarding jewelry in the rule book is the following:

3-6-F. Exposed jewelry, which is judged by the umpire to be dangerous, must be removed and may not be worn during the game. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body so the medical alert information remains visible.

So, I guess your umpire deemed the studs to not be "dangerous." Personally, I would rather not see a girl's earring be ripped out of her ear, but that's just me...

I have always hated that "reasoning" from Umps. Seriously, how would a small stud get ripped out, especially on a batter that is wearing a helmet. Had an umpire make a girl take a nose stud out. I know the rule is there and any umpire can interpret it how they chooses but these girls do have a life outside of softball. Maybe a little common sense would be better than a CYA blanket policy.


Yes, but then the one time you let it go someone gets hurt, and you are getting sued.
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by ASAPAump » Sat May 22, 2010 7:35 am

vcblue wrote:Yes, but then the one time you let it go someone gets hurt, and you are getting sued.


Exactly. Plus, yes, I have seen it almost happen. It was back in the day without faceguards and chinstraps, and the girl's helmet was loose enough to almost come off during a slide, except that her earring stud got caught in the foam. I was not the ump, and am glad I was not the parent, either.
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by Bretman » Sat May 22, 2010 4:29 pm

Personally, I have never seen a player injured by a piece of jewelry. But that could be because most rule sets flat out prohibit all jewelry and that greatly dimishes the chances of it happening.

I have had an umpire relate to me a story about a girl who was injured in one of his games. She was on the bases, wearing a helmet and had an ear stud. There was a play at second, a collision with the fielder and an impact to the side of runner's head. The post of her ear stud embedded into the mastoid bone behind the ear. This young lady subsequently developed an infection and medical complications that required surgery to remove a section of the infected bone.
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by MTR » Sun May 23, 2010 2:36 pm

Real simple. As an umpire, it is not my responibility to dress the player. That is up to the parent.

If the jewelry is not dangerous to another participant, who is the umpire to overrule a parent's decision?
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by Sftbll4ever » Mon May 24, 2010 6:06 am

Only one time did I see an injury with jewelry. In HS we were allowed to wear jewelry, a girl was sliding into second. Her necklace came up and the glove of SS caught the necklace and ripped it off. Ended up cutting her neck pretty bad. She needed to leave the game, the bleeding was pretty bad.
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