I’ll even say it ... that is just ridiculous. I did approach an ejection one time but it was because the player and coach were being disrespectful and playing games when instructed to remove the jewelry four times.
First inning: I noticed the earrings and told the player to remove them.
Second inning: I noticed them again and advised the player and coach to remove them.
Third inning: Player comes out with bandaids over them. I follow her to the dugout and issue a warning to the player and coach. Then I hear all kinds of excuses: she just had them done, they are permanent, etc. ... I asked if she was going to play school ball in the fall. She said yes. I advised her NFHS flat out says NO, so her career in school ball is over if they are permanent. She was coming up to bat to lead off the top of the inning and the coach asked if I was going to call her out. I said “No coach, I am going to eject her if she comes on the field again. She has been told four times now.” Coach asks “So then what, we have to take an out?” I advise “No coach, by rule the game is over and you forfeit because you have no subs to fill the ejected player’s spot.”
Amazing how fast they came out. I wasn’t going to eject her for the jewelry, I was going to eject her for their shenigans,
As I said though, I am no longer judging that. I like the NFHS rule of NO and will enforce it all day long. However I am tired of having arguments in codes that won’t back their own rules though.
Why do I feel that way? I have seen a girl turn her head on a ground ball that hopped and hit her in the ear. It shoved the post of her “little harmless stud” into her neck. Mom and dad took her to the hospital. I’ve seen a batter get hit in the ear and the post punctured the skin (not near as serious as the other, but enough for blood to stream). I’ve seen a baseball player go head first into second and his necklace scratched his throat enough for blood to flow. Any of those could have been worse and all of them happened, whether you saw it or not.