There is currently an intense debate within Marco’s Senior Softball League with respect to safety. The issue regards the use of a six foot high screened net to protect the pitcher from line drives up the middle. Protective nets are common around the country in the senior softball circuit. Serious and even fatal injuries have occurred. Pitchers have been killed by being struck in the head. Pitchers have been killed by being struck in the chest. With the league admitting players as young as 55 years old, there are plenty of players with plenty of power. Several senior pitchers are in their seventies with slowing reflexes.
The league will be deciding soon whether or not to implement a safety screen. Safety is a no brainer in all sports, so let’s hope the league makes the right decision.