Jewelry is often worn outside the sport of softball, whether it be on the wrist, around the neck or as a nose ring. Players who wear this jewelry all day every day, are reluctant to take it off, especially if it acts as a good luck charm.
Jewelry and earrings is not allowed in softball. Players must remove all jewelry before the game starts.
It’s important to check with your local rules, as they may overrule and allow small earrings. However, it’s generally advised that no jewelry be worn for the safety of the player and the opponent.
We’re going to break down each piece of jewelry that a player can or can’t wear, to ensure there’s no arguments between you and the umpire before the game.
Is Jewelry Allowed In Softball?
According to the USSSA ( United States Specialty Sports Association)
JEWELRY (Youth only – 18 & Under and younger) Exposed jewelry, which is judged by the umpire as dangerous, is not permitted and must be removed. Medical alert items are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body so medical alert information remains visible. Flat, unadorned items with no sharp edges or points, such as bobby pins, barrettes, and hair clips (no longer than 2 inches) may be worn as hair control devices. Coaches wristbands (play indicators) are legal but must be worn as designed when batting.
This is the base rule upon all softball leagues. Essentially what it’s saying in plain English, is that it’s completely up to the umpire if he/she will allow the jewelry to be worn.
Hair pieces, such as bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips may be worn to keep the player’s hair in place.
Umpires may make players tape loose jewelry in worst case scenarios so nothing is exposed.
Can You Wear Earrings In Softball?
According to the USSSA, they have loosened their stance on earrings, most notable studded earrings. According to their bylaws…
Jewelry Rule – Modified so as to allow stud earrings, while continuing to prohibit dangling hoops, necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc. judged by the umpire to be dangerous. Also requires batters to wear play indicators as they were designed to be worn.
Studded earrings are typically allowed in softball. The umpire however, has the last say in whether the earrings can be allowed. If the umpire does not allow the earrings, he/she may make the player put tape over the earrings or simply remove the earnings for the entirety of the game.
Can You Wear A Nose Ring In Softball?
Nose rings, whether it be studded, a nose ring or a “bull ring” are more common in today’s world of jewelry.
Nose rings, similar to earrings, are at the discretion of the umpire. Players may be able to get away with the studded nose ring, as no sharp objects are exposed to you or the opponent. Typically umpires will rule against the nose ring ( or any type of jewelry in that matter).
Nose ring (with the hoop) are a different story. There’s a higher chance that the nose ring will be deemed illegal by the umpire because of the safety measures. In other words, be prepared to remove the hoop from your nose.
Can You Wear Bracelets In Softball?
Bracelets, such as jewelry or even “Livestrong” bracelets are again up to the umpire and team rules. Typically umpires will prohibit any type of bracelets from being worn. This includes even the smallest of wrist-wear. This has been pretty consistent across the softball landscape.
One thing that is allowed on the wrist however is the call sheet. Many pitchers will get a signal from their coach on what pitch to throw. If players are superstitious about wearing bracelets, they may wear a bracelet under the arm band, however it may be uncomfortable.
What Tape Should I Use To Cover My Jewelry?
It’s always handy to have tape in your softball bag, in case an umpire makes you cover up your jewelry (that is if you don’t want to take it off). Having athletic tape which will stay on firmly the whole time, and not be a distraction matters.
We recommend getting a simple role of athletic tape which can be stored in the bag for later use. We found this cheap roll of tape for you which is great for all sports, not just softball.
Simply cover the earrings, nose ring or bracelet with this tape. Umpires will typically allow you to cover up the jewelry. If not, they may tell you to take it off completely and leave it in your bag.
Jewelry in softball is often times prohibited, however the rules are becoming a bit more lenient.
In our professional opinion, we would advise against wearing any jewelry during a softball game. Not only could you break the expensive piece of jewelry, it adds no benefit to your performance. Earrings can only push back into your head, nose rings could get lost, and bracelets can be a hindrance and annoyance in the throwing motion.
We recommend putting the jewelry in a safe spot at home and then re-insert it when you’re back from the game. This way it cant be lost, stolen or broken.
As a general rule, it’s always safer to play the sport at full speed without having to worry about a piece of jewelry falling off. Especially if it’s your favorite, most expensive piece of jewelry. There’s no reason to be wearing it while you’re trying to chase after a softball.
Especially earrings or any type of ankle bracelets. A ball could hit the earring which could that press into your head. The ankle bracelet could fall off when sliding into the next base. There’s a handful of situations that can occur while wearing jewelry, we recommend getting away from all of those situations.
How does your league handle jewelry regulations? Do they allow you to wear a certain kind or disband all jewelry. Let us know in the comment sections below and what state you play in, that allows for the jewelry to be allowed on the diamond.