Our annual meeting is approaching and we’re looking at the various agenda items that have come up. Beyond the fairly large changes related to possible NCYSA affiliation, one item is requiring mouth guards for our U8 players and above. Most of our kids don’t wear them – a few do. Seems at the U8 level where most kids are getting their adult front teeth, etc – it’s very important.

What do other leagues do? My bouncing around association websites doesn’t seem to point to a consensus. I’m sure US Soccer and the like weigh in on it. Sigh – more research to do!. Just was curious if other groups had any trouble implementing a mouth guard rule or if they even have one.