I wear a fielders mask because it makes me feel safe when I field ground balls. I can field a ball cleanly without the fear of being hit in the face and getting hurt. I have worn a fielders mask since the age of eight and I really think it has developed me into the softball player I am today. I was able to learn how to field a ground ball correctly and not be scared when I get a hard line drive hit at me. It gives me more confidence to attack the ball and as a third baseman, that is really important. From past experience, I can say that wearing this mask has saved me from breaking a few bones in my face and even getting a huge bruise more than once or twice.