rulemaking advocacy

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 will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. 

NFHS Update on Baseballs, Catcher's Chest Protectors  

NFHS has made two important baseball equipment rule changes regarding baseballs and chest protectors.

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, 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 mmaciaszek@nsga.org

Successes:

Implementation date of NFHS football glove rule (One-year delay saved members tens of millions of dollars by allowing them to sell products that were identical to what the new rule calls for, with the exception of a certification stamp.)