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The NBOD and Risk Management teams are OK with players wearing a “gaiter” type face mask if they so choose. These are not hanging off the back of the person to be grabbed like a hood of a hoodie type sweatshirt. We are asking that Referees recognize these as acceptable and treat any “pulling” of these in the same manner of misconduct as collar or shirt pulling. Under the circumstances of the current situation, invoke Law 18. These are not viewed as a safety hazard.
Picture attached as a sample.