The NCAA Isn’t Evil; LOL JK They’re Banning Props in Softball Dugouts
One of the most lively scenes in all of sports is college softball. One thing's for certain about those events...they're never, ever quiet. The teams have several custom chants that no matter the score, no matter the situation, they're always yelling, selflessly serving as their own cheerleaders. Occasionally, the ladies will break out their own props. During the Women's College World Series, it's not unusual to see the first baseman doubling as Iron Man in the dugout, or a variety of caps being worn in the dugout that don't bear the team logo. Overall, a fun time is had by all, and a great sporting event goes down to boot.
So naturally, the NCAA had to step in and put a stop to it.
The association ruled that they would be cracking down on the celebrations and noisemaking, a revelation made just in time for the Women's College World Series, which began on Friday. No new rule was passed, but official revealed that they're planning to strictly enforce Rule 3.1.2 of the NCAA softball rule book which states....
Coaches are responsible for ensuring that their players are legally equipped and properly attired to reflect a positive image of the game. Uniforms, accessories and equipment (including batting gloves that must be worn, carried in the hands or put out of sight in pockets) must be worn properly and as designed.”
The enforcement will be seen throughout all levels of softball. Unfortunately, this means we won't be seeing any characters appear in the softball dugouts this postseason, like the ones shown above in the LSU dugout, renowned for their in-game antics. While they acknowledge the ban, several players have stated they'll use whatever they can as replacement as they move forward in the tournament.
You can almost sympathize with the NCAA on this one. It is, after all, a game meant to be taken seriously, especially at this time of year. Having said that, it's absolutely hypocritical of the association to crack down on things like this while allowing several other problems scattered throughout the college sports horizon. There are plenty of other stories that put the ever so precious initials of NCAA in a negative light (i.e. the fact they make insane amounts of money off players without said players seeing a single benefit of that money), but you choose to crack down on props in a softball dugout?
Guess you gotta pick your battles....and the NCAA chose the wrong one.
Photo: LSU Athletics
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