The era of open face masks in youth football could be coming to an end — for now — as splash shields will be on the market in July via Schutt Sports. The company says the shields “will offer some protection for football players from harmful droplets caused by talking, sneezing, and coughing in close proximity.” Making sure not to promise moms out there 100% protection, the Schutt press release added “it can only limit exposure to airborne droplets that the athlete encounters during play.”
The Schutt Splash Shield was developed to attach directly to the faceguard of a football helmet to block droplets from sweat, coughs, and sneezes.
– Universally fits all traditional football faceguards
– Disposable/Replaceable (Optical clear flexible material)
– Includes reusable attachment strips
– Includes one shield and two replacements in each package
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the state has told they’re recommending cloth masks be worn during practice and competition which led Riddell to come out with school logo masks that at least one coach says wouldn’t be worn on the field. While at Schutt, they’re expecting the splash shield will give football players the protection needed to move forward with a fall season.
“We need sports to return and this new product will help players in that regard,” said Kip Meyer, general manager for Schutt Sports. “We are excited to introduce a product that benefits the players, the industry and ultimately, the fans.”