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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:50pm
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Helmets in coaches box

Do high school coaches as per the NFHS required to wear helmets in the coaches box? I know the big time in college and the professional coaches are required.
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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:32pm
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Not yet. Might be in next year's book.
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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 06:22pm
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Not yet. Might be in next year's book.
As of now, this is a negative.
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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 07:56pm
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This was put in place by Louisiana HS Athletic Association last year. After about 1 week it became as natural as players wearing helmets. No problems that I knew of.
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Too bad. Again, HS baseball fails to learn from its Big Brother.
What's the need? If it's safety, then why not address the pitcher's safety? I've seen many pitchers get hit, and some seriously injured with batted balls.
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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 09:07pm
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What's the need? If it's safety, then why not address the pitcher's safety? I've seen many pitchers get hit, and some seriously injured with batted balls.
It's entirely legal under FED rules for a pitcher (or other infielder) to wear protective head gear. If you want it, you can wear it.
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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 09:19pm
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And what is preventing a base coach from wearing a helmet?
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Old Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:48pm
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The injury that caused the helmets to become a rule was a neck injury.
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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 06:04am
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Although there was a proposal before the rules committee to require helmets for adult base coaches, it didn't pass.

I can't imagine why.
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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 07:41am
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The injury that caused the helmets to become a rule was a neck injury.
Exactly. The helmet would have accomplished nothing, but it appeases those that say something needs to be done.
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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 08:15am
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What's the need? If it's safety, then why not address the pitcher's safety? I've seen many pitchers get hit, and some seriously injured with batted balls.
Ask Mike Coolbaugh what the need is.
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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 08:17am
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The injury that caused the helmets to become a rule was a neck injury.
Um.... no, no it wasn't.
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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 08:51am
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News accounts from the time indicate that Coolbaugh was hit in the neck, not the head.
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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 09:02am
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Ahem,

Mike Coolbaugh was hit in the left side of his neck.

As for helmets on base coaches it is a gut reaction by baseball.

Totally unneeded.

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Old Fri Jul 27, 2012, 09:11am
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Mike Coolbaugh was hit in the left side of his neck.

As for helmets on base coaches it is a gut reaction by baseball.

Totally unneeded.
Agree. Heck, they're not even wearing helmets with earflaps. Those things protect them only from fly balls.
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