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Old June 29, 2009, 03:01 PM   #1
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Hats required?

I'm just wondering if its required to wear a hat when partcipating in SASS events. I know in the few events I've attended everyone has them, but I'm not much for hats but will get one when I get going with the events if needed.
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Old June 29, 2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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In a word, No. Classic Cowboy is the only category that requires the wearing of a hat the entire match.

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Old June 29, 2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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Try a Confederate or Union Kepi ... will at least keep the Sun off yur head and out yur eyes.
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Old June 29, 2009, 07:45 PM   #4
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A hat is better since it protects the ears from the sun.
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Old June 29, 2009, 08:58 PM   #5
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Old June 29, 2009, 10:26 PM   #6
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Maybe not required but expected. Period wear is required. T-shirt and sneakers isn't going to cut it. Some clubs will allow short sleeve shirts during the hot months but best check.
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Old June 30, 2009, 01:17 AM   #7
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Are hats required?

The manual says:
Participants may choose the style of costume they wish to wear, but
all clothing must be typical of the late 19th century, a B-western movie, or Western television series... ALL clothing and equipment MUST be worn appropriately, how it was intended and how
it would have been worn in the OLD WEST or as seen on B-Western movies and television.

Hats were typical in the late 19th century. So, I would say they are required, but that is only my opinion. The worst that could happen is getting a match DQ for improper dress. Your best bet is to read the manual, all of it, not just the section about clothing, because clothing is mentioned in other places in the manual. Items you can't wear are:

The use or presence of any outlawed item is a Stage Disqualification.
• Modern shooting gloves.
• Short sleeve shirts (Male competitors only)
• Short sleeve tee shirts, long sleeve tee shirts, and tank tops for all competitors. Long
sleeved Henley type shirts with buttons are acceptable.
• Modern feathered cowboy hats (Shady Bradys). Straw hats of traditional design (e.g.,
Stetson, Bailey, sombreros,) are acceptable.
• Designer jeans
• Ball caps
• All types of athletic shoes or combat boots no matter the material from which they are
• Nylon, plastic, or Velcro accouterments.
• The displaying of manufacturer’s, sponsor’s or team logos on apparel. Manufacturer’s
labels on such apparel or equipment are acceptable

Dress like a character in the Old West, and have fun. That is what SASS is all about.
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