NFHS has informed NJSIAA that there is no rule forbidding the wearing of sunglasses whether they are reflective or not. Sunglasses that produce a glare that affects a defensive or offensive player's ability to see should be individually removed; not collectively as a team. If an umpire judges the sunglasses to be a danger to others they should be removed.
Officials need to use solid common sense in enforcing this directive.
The wearing of sunglasses on the bill of the cap or behind the cap (thinking we can't see them) still continues to be prevalent. On cloudy days, if a fielder is wearing sunglasses on top of the cap, it is being worn as an adornment for styling purposes.
The SUA serves multiple purposes:
Promote the welfare of the games of baseball and softball by uniformly interpreting and administrating the rules of those games as set forth by the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association
Promote and maintain the highest degree of baseball and softball officiating by following a uniform set of mechanics.
Preserve the traditions, foster ideals, advance interest, and improve the quality and prestige of baseball and softball umpires through continuous instruction via the classroom and on field experience.
Develop a spirit of friendship and maintain a high standard of ethics among umpires.
Inside this site, members will find links to the member and school directories, as well as information regarding mechanics and association business.
Want to become an umpire?
Click on the "Cadets" link to the left. The next class starts in February 2021.