rulemaking advocacy

State Adopted Ball Issue

The use of adopted balls by state high school associations is something NSGA has closely monitored so members are better informed on changes that could affect their inventory and to try and ensure the marketplace remains competitive for all retailers and team dealers.

View a timeline of NSGA’s involvement in the issue of state ball adoptions.

Read a letter from Matt Carlson, NSGA President & CEO, to all state high school association leaders regarding official ball agreements

NFHS-NCAA Team Sports Rules Meeting Recaps 

NSGA attends the annual team sports rules meeting with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and NCAA each April in Indianapolis. NSGA writes a recap of the meeting so members are aware of impending and potential rule changes that could affect their customers. Below are links to recaps of recent meetings:

2019 Rules Meeting

2018 Rules Meeting

2017 Rules Meeting

2016 Rules Meeting

NFHS Authenticating Mark Fee  

In December 2016, NSGA was informed that the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) was proposing a significant increase in its Authenticating Mark Program. The original proposal for a manufacturer's cost to use the NFHS logo was an increase of 35 cents to 1 dollar per unit on basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, water polo balls and soccer balls and 35 cents to 1 dollar per dozen for baseballs, softballs, lacrosse balls, field hockey balls and hockey pucks. NSGA was concerned the increase would be passed on from manufacturers and team dealers and retailers to the end user (schools).

NSGA President and CEO Matt Carlson sent a letter to NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner in early January 2017 expressing his concerns, asking how the additional revenue would be used and suggesting a smaller increase. Fortunately, this helped NFHS opt for a smaller 15-cent increase to 50 cents for use of its AMP. The increase took effect Jan. 1, 2018. 

NOCSAE Standards for NFHS Baseballs, NFHS Baseball Catcher's Chest Protectors

NFHS has made two important baseball equipment rule changes regarding baseballs and chest protectors. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all baseballs used in high school competition shall meet the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) at the time of manufacture.This is a revision of Rule 1-3-1.

Rule 1-5-3, which requires the catcher to wear a chest protector meeting the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture, has been revised effective Jan. 1, 2020. The NOCSAE standard has been developed to protect the heart and cardiac silhouette from commotio cordis, one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes in baseball and lacrosse. The 2020 date was selected to give manufacturers enough time to produce enough available product.

Currently at Issue: 

NSGA constantly monitors the rulemaking activities of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and all other national, international and local organizations that oversee the playing rules of team and individual sports, including those at the youth level. Regular updates can be found in the NSGA Scoreboard newsletter and NSGA NOW magazine. For questions about rulemaking activities contact NSGA Team Dealer Division Director Marty Maciaszek at

Additional Successes: 

A one-year delay of the implementation date of an NFHS football glove rule until the 2013-14 school year. NSGA lobbied NFHS for a delay of a rule change that was not a safety issue so NSGA members would have time to clear their inventory of products that would no longer be legal for use in high school football games. In February 2012, the delayed implementation was granted and it saved NSGA members tens of millions of dollars.

For questions about rulemaking advocacy, contact Marty Maciaszek at or (847) 296-NSGA (6742), ext. 1260.