Ask the Official: Must a mouth guard be tethered to a helmet?

By Dave Zednik


QUESTION: I’m looking for the rule on whether a mouthpiece or mouth guard must be tethered to the helmet.

ANSWER: Mouthpieces are not required to be attached to the face-mask at any level of the game. This is mostly due to the fact that most of the top-end, custom-fitted mouthpieces that provide better protection are not designed with any form of attachment to the face-mask. In other words, if we required them to be attached we would disallow the better custom-fitted mouthpieces, but the $2.00 “boil n’ bites” are permitted.

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