Originally Posted by Sugi:
My son is a 14yo 8th grader and prefers the two piece (Mizuno mask, Wilson skull cap)over his hockey style helmet (All Star 2500). He will wear the All Star if rules says it so and has no problems wearing either. He just prefers the two piece. He says the two piece is cooler (temperature not looks) and on foul tips don't ring his bell like the hockey style sometimes does. The fact that the foul tips don't rattle him is enough for me to support it. I coach his team and I have argued for him to use the two piece because rules did not specifically state that the catchers helmet needed to be NOSCAE approved. I'm no doctor but if I can minimize the trauma to my sons head, I'm for it. On the other hand, he is a very good catcher with a lot of experience behind the plate. I wouldn't allow one of my newer catchers to use the two piece unless they can show me their skills/mechanics are up to par.
I don't mind that this has been talked about before. This forum has minimum activity. It's nice to see any new post
I don't know why you'd think a two-piece offers better protection, which seems to be the implication of "foul tips don't ring his bell" and "minimize trauma" with the two piece. This from David Halstead, technical director for NOCSEA - "For impacts to the face, the hockey-style mask is significantly superior to the traditional catcher's headgear combination."
Two piece is perhaps more comfortable, but I don't agree that they are as safe as the hockey style mask.