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Football Glove Issue

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

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.

Read the entire news release here