No goggles in high school field hockey because the player can’t see the ball, you’ve go to be kidding!

I have been involved with athletics for more years than I care to count. Years ago high school ice hockey players, including the goalie, did not wear face masks. When face masks became mandatory no one wanted to wear them because the players lost sight of the puck. When masks became mandatory for college ice hockey players they did not want to wear them, you guessed it, the face mask restricted their view of the puck. Now, no one gives the face mask a second thought.

In an era where I can’t take my grandchildren for a ride in the car without strapping them in like an Apollo astronaut and un-helmeted bike rides are forbidden, I can’t believe anyone would argue against the need for protective equipment.

Forget the goggles. The Maine State Principal’s Association should mandate helmets with masks for all field hockey players. And what’ up with girls’ lacrosse? They should be wearing helmets with face masks as well.

Paul K. DeSchamp Sr., Augusta

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