Can You Have Piercings In Softball? (Belly, Nose & Ear)
Most girls, women, and some men like to wear some jewelry or piercings, whether belly piercing, nose piercing, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, or you name it. If you like one or multiple of these items and love softball the same, it is only natural to wonder about whether you can have piercings in softball.
You can wear piercings and jewelry when you play softball. However, it should be adequately covered by a soft material, taped, and approved by the umpire. The umpire may order it to be removed if it is distracting or poorly taped. If you refuse would the umpire, you would be removed from the game.
This is stated in the Official Rules of Softball on page 20. So, you can be relieved as you don’t need to remove your belly button piercing, nose piercing, earrings, or anything else for that matter, IF you tape and hide them in a manner that isn’t distracting to anybody.
Now that you know you can have piercings in softball, it’s wise to look at whether you should get piercings if you are a fan of playing softball regularly.
Should You Get a Piercing If You Play Softball?
Suppose something is allowed doesen’t always mean that you should do it. What is the case with piercings and softball, it varies from many other things.
You can get a piercing if you play softball; however, you should follow certain guidelines. For example, after getting belly or nipple piercings, you should have at least a few months of healing time before playing softball or any sport. For the ear and facial piercings, you can train immediately.
When you play softball, you are about to get dusty, as you might very well know. This opens up various risks if you wouldn’t take any healing time before risk area piercings such as naval or nipple.
Some of the risks include:
- Allergic reactions – All piercings carry the risk of an allergic reaction, whether it is from the piercing itself or outside factors if the skin isn’t yet healed. Especially nickel piercings cause allergic reactions for many.
- Skin infections – These often appear slightly after the piercing. You may experience pain, swelling, burning, or your body can even repel and try to push the piercing away.
- Tearing or trauma –Tearing your piercing is really at risk when you play softball, especially if you decide to skip or rush the taping and hiding of it. Tearing your piercing in a fast sport such as softball could cause traumas as well.
These are the main risks of getting a piercing, but there certainly are more risks involved. Anyways, having a proper healing time makes it possible for the piercing (wound) to heal, drastically lowering any infection that could be triggered or gotten from playing softball or any other sport for that matter.
All things considered, you can and even should get a piercing if you love them even when you play softball, because you shouldn’t limit yourself to getting the things you love. However, remember the risks and responsibilities it carries and make an informed decision based on them.
Should You Wear Jewelry When Playing Softball?
Jewelry is a bit different than piercings as they aren’t inserted into your body. So the question here is, should you wear jewelry when playing softball?
When playing softball, you can wear jewelry if it isn’t distracting to the opposite players, is covered properly, and is approved by the umpire. However, you shouldn’t wear jewelry when playing softball because you can easily take them off, they can influence your focus, and they can break.
I suppose that rings can remain on your fingers without any problems (if it isn’t a problem to the umpire), but necklaces and bracelets should be removed as they can get really distracting and, in the worst case, break.
Why would you want something distracting on you if you can remove it in a matter of seconds?
Still, it’s your decision and but remember to follow the guidelines that the rules of softball say. If the umpire orders you to remove the jewelry, you should do it as you will be removed from the game if you don’t.
How to Tape and Hide Piercings?
Now that we have determined that you can use piercings when playing softball, it’s still important to know how to tape and conceal them right.
The reason you need to tape your piercings is for your safety that they won’t get caught anywhere. Also, anything distracting can’t be shown to the opposite team, which is for the umpire to decide, so better safe than sorry.
There are two main kinds of piercing tapes: Patchs and Bandage wrap. Here are my favorites from Amazon:
- Patch Tape – These are the fastest and easiest way to hide your piercing. In my opinion, these go best for belly and nipple piercings as you can simply stick them in there and forget about them. What is great about these particular patch tapes is that they have a center with no glue which makes these the perfect choice for sensitive places. They are also water (sweat) proof and stay in their place pretty hard. However, these are quite large so if you want tape specifically for earings, then earring patches might be better.
- Bandage wrap tape – These are for freestyle taping as you can cut precisely the size and form. These go best for nose, eyebrows, or similar piercings that require a bit of adjustment. Take notice that you need tape to keep it on.
Follow these instructions to tape your piercing right:
- Determine the type of tape you need – Depending on your piercing type; I recommend choosing the best tape option. For sensitive places such as belly and nipple piercings, patch tape with a non-clue center is great. For more tricky places such as nose or earrings, bandage wrap tape is a good choice.
- Remove the backside of the tape – Depending on which type you choose, you need to remove the cover from the patch tape or find tape to secure the bandage wrap tape.
- Cover the piercing with the tape – Use the tape of your choosing to carefully cover the piercing to minimize the risk of injury, and you don’t need to remove it altogether for softball. Remember that this won’t necessarily ”cover” the piercing but makes you able to safely play softball that the piercings won’t distract anybody, making your life much easier.
Also, after you have finished your match and removed the tape, be sure to clean your piercings and skin extra care, and you will be fine!
My Favorite Softball Equipment
Thanks for reading this article. I hope it brought you great value that you can implement into your own life! Here are my top softball equipment recommendations that I think will take your game to the next level.
- Bat: My favorite certified fastpitch softball bat is the Easton Ghost. This bat has a double-barrel construction which is incredible if you are looking for a great feel and are a fan of satisfying pop and sound. The handle is a great bonus as it’s great to hold on to and very thin. The technology used for this bat provides great durability and flexibility. This bat comes in various styles and sizes.
- Softball: The best softballs, in my opinion, are the Franklin Sports Official Softballs. These affordable yet official featured balls are perfect for practice if you want to train with a similar ball as in a real game. These balls have the official 12-inch circumference and weight. The yellow color makes it easy to spot, and the flat seams enable minimal air resistance so that they will fly consistently and far.
- Glove: Rawlings Liberty Advanced Fastpitch Glove should be introduced to every softball player. The 12.5″ size makes it a breeze to catch and secure softballs. The glove is very comfortable as it’s made from full-grain leather, and the pull-staps will perfect the fit. The design is breathtaking as well. Be prepared for a little break-in time tho.
- Fan Equipment: If you’re a fan more than a player, you don’t want to miss Fan Equipment by Fanatics. You can find items from various sports that bear your favorite team’s logo, such as jerseys, gift ideas, or other surprising things.