Yep. Heard them all. We had a "Smitty" many years ago that tried to pull the same thing. Coach taped it to her arm (uniform sleeve), then left for the day (but won the protest). Oddly enough, back when I first started, I used to ask the catcher when I would brush off the plate after the first inning "throw down" to 2nd. I asked this catcher one day and the response I got was "Mr. Umpire, my name is Rochelle, it's nice to meet you." I quickly replied that it was nice to meet her too, and not to take my habit of asking the wrong way. She laughed and told me it wasn't the first time. HOWEVER, it was the last time that I asked. Thanks Rochelle!
So since this train is leaving the tracks.................let's ride!
I agree, I do not believe there is a "requirement" for females. So let's talk about the male requirement. if at the plate meeting, the coach says "Yes" when asked if his players are properly and safely equipped, that removes the need of you asking the individual catcher if they are wearing one, doing a cup check, or having a 10y/o girl completely knock you off your feet...... So how do you enforce that "requirement"? After lil' Johnny is laying in the fetal position, on top of home plate, crying like his little sister.......what do you do? Do NOT yell out "rub some dirt on it" you insensitive !!
In today's litigious society, you're not going down the bench having everyone doing a cup check. The responsibility now lies with the coach. I guess my question would be, should we eject the coach? Should he be reprimanded by the league? He answered in the affirmative 5 innings ago, before lil' Johnny had to bat twice and run outside the left field fence to the porta-jon, all of which I am sure was supervised by an adult, making sure that he had his cup on. Take it further......if he required medical attention, and an accident report is filed through Little League. Will the insurance cover the medical visit if he wasn't wearing one? Is the league now in jeopardy of losing their charter? I agree, a "sensitive" subject like this, should be elaborated on, and communicated all the way down to the coaches & parents.
Granted, by the time they reach HS, I have no doubt that big Johnny will ask for time to run back to the dugout because " he forgot his cup". Big Johnny has already gone through the growing "pains" of finding out the hard way, and thus, helps police what the HC doesn't know. Is Johnny wearing his cup?