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NSGA Pleased with NFHS Decision to Delay Implementation of Football Glove Rule

NSGA Pleased with NFHS Decision to Delay Football Glove Rule Change Implementation Until 2013-2014 School Year

Contact: Marty Maciaszek, Director of Communications
mmaciaszek@nsga.org
(847) 296-6742, ext. 1260

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is pleased to announce that the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Rules Review Committee has upheld an appeal initiated by NSGA that will delay implementation of what is known as the Football Glove Rule until the 2013-14 school year.

The rule, which was passed by the NFHS Football Rules Committee in January 2010, would have taken effect next season (2012-13 school year). The rule would require all football gloves worn in varsity games to bear the certification seal of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Gloves bearing that seal and gloves that meet the previous standard are materially the same – both for performance and safety properties.

The NOCSAE standard specification establishes performance requirements for the friction and adhesion properties of new football players’ gloves. The standard test method and performance specification are specifically created to limit the level of tackiness of gloves to limit the potential aid they may have in handling or catching the ball. When the rule goes into effect for the 2013 fall football season, the NOSCAE seal must be visible on the outside of the glove.

According to NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson, “We understand this was a complex issue, and we appreciate NFHS’ Rules Review Committee for looking at the big picture when deciding to delay the implementation of rule until the 2013-14 school year. By taking the interests of sporting goods retailers and team dealers into consideration in this process, the committee helped avert what was sure to become a major economic hardship for our members.”

The process to delay the rule’s implementation date included advocacy from both NSGA and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), and NSGA appreciates SGMA’s involvement in this issue.

“The delay in implementation of the rule will provide an opportunity for NSGA member retailers and team dealers to significantly reduce their inventories of these football gloves, which will also benefit the manufacturers,” said NSGA Chairman of the Board Jeff Rosenthal, President & CEO of Hibbett Sports. “It also benefits the players and their parents who purchase these gloves by eliminating any confusion as to what is and is not legal next season.”

To learn more about this rule and other rule changes that affect equipment and uniforms, please visit NSGA’s website, www.nsga.org.

About NSGA

The National Sporting Goods Association has served as the leading voice for the sporting goods industry since 1929. The association develops industry research and publications, while also providing discounted services and hosting the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit. All of these services are aimed at helping NSGA members be more profitable and to advocate on their behalf.

For more information about membership or NSGA’s products and services, please visit www.nsga.org.

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