Ok, so I just became a ref this year, and this past weekend I reffed (AR) for the first time. These were all travel games U11-U13 boys and girls. In the third game I did, there was a player that was wearing glasses, and the ref (an experienced ref I may add) did not allow her to play. I completely agreed with the decision as we're supposed to ensure the safety of the players. Unfortunately the coach didn't like the decision and complained that no other ref ever said there would be a problem. Of course I edited that last sentence a little. Anyway, I spoke with the ref after the game and he said how he's contacted the powers that be (in CT) to try and make a rule stating this, so it's not left up to the ref's descretion. Unfortunately they have either not listened or are just twiddling their thumbs about it, cuz nothing has happened. Now obviously I was shocked for a few reasons: 1. The fact that this player has never been told that she cannot play because of her glasses, means a LOT of referees before have allowed her to play. 2. The parents of the girl must think she's the luckiest girl in the world and could never get a ball to the head. 3. CT is leaving this decision to referees, some who are younger and may not have the "jacobs" to stand up to a coach and not allow her to play. So I wanted to weigh in with you guys and see what course of action you think is best. I think it should be passed as a law strictly because it isn't safe. Yes I realize that Law 4 states that a player cannot wear anything that is dangerous to themselevs or other players, but apparently glasses are a grey area, considering some refs allow it. I was considering trying to do some legwork and see if I can make CT come to a decision. My plan would be to get a number of refs to sign a petition (via email or soemthing) saying that if a player is wearing regular glasses, then they will not allow them to play. Obviously this leaves out goggles and sport glasses. I figure if CT sees that enough refs will not allow these girls to play, that it will make sense for them to pass a law stating what I think should be obvious.