A parent’s question about softball pitchers masks

I had a parent ask me during a recent pitching lesson which brand of face mask he should get for his daughter.

It seemed like the best answer to give him (and share here on the blog) is the answer other pitchers have given us.

Six-of-eight pitchers we talked to said they prefer the Rip-It face mask. Its light weight design is a reason they like it.

Below are photos of some pitchers face masks currently on the market.

The Rip-It ranges in price from $34.99 to $49.99. Learn more here.

The Game Face is made of polycarbonate (the same material used to make bulletproof glass) instead of metal like the Rip-It.

Price: $29.95 to $52.80. Learn more here.

The SKLZ Field Shield is advertised as “shatterproof”. The face mask has an extra covering at the bottom for added chin protection.

Price: $25. Learn more here.

The Bangerz HS-6500 Softball Mask is a wire cage that can include “anti-scratch” sunglasses for its design. It does not cover the mouth or chin. Price range: $37.95 to $44.99. Learn more here.


The other two pitchers we mentioned use the Schutt Fielders Guard and Defender Sports Shield as the masks they wear.

Which mask does your softball pitcher wear?

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6 Responses to “A parent’s question about softball pitchers masks”

  1. Casey May 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    After my daughter was hit by a “hit back” directly to the face/eye, she has chosen the “rip-it” face mask. She was very lucky that there was no damage to her eye socket. I rushed her to ER where they performed a C.T. scan. However, since she has entered High School she no longer wheres the mask. Ugh I am all for the pitchers and corners wearing the mask.

  2. coachmikeq May 2, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Why does she no longer wear a face mask?

  3. Steve Winder May 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I feel the complete infield should be wearing them. Reaction time is very limited. On the infield a pitch even as slow as 45 mph (which is approximately 66 feet per second) can be returned many times faster, how fast is your reaction time? Now increase this to actual pitch speed, and it reduces reaction time more. I want my daughter to have all the tools and skills available to her to protect her from injury. After seeing first hand, a pitcher taking a deflected shot off the head, cost is not a consideration, one trip to the ER will cost more, and all that happens after that. Peer pressure is the only drawback I can see, but if she wants to play infield it is my requirement, and I would hope it would be come mandatory, such as a batting helmet.

  4. Steve Winder May 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Rip it is her brand of choice, it is comfortabe to her, it doesn’t make her sweat as a composite we tried did, alllows full vision, and appears to not affect her performance, while giving me peace of mind, knowing we have supplied her with the tools she needs to do her best so she can continue to playing the sport she loves.

  5. Julie May 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    My 10 year old wears the Game Face. Has not had any problems at all with fit or wear. She tried the Rip-It, but was too big, no matter how much we adjusted it. She is more confident with it on and does turn her head on a ground ball. We play travel ball in NC, and their rules is everyone has to wear a mask. I hope it becomes a softball rule everywhere.

  6. Van August 21, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    When ordering online how do I size my daughter to the proper face mask? She is 10 but very tall for her age and we are looking at the Rip-it. She pitches and plays some infield and 1st base.

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