The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced a fee increase of 15 cents in its Authenticating Mark Program (AMP) that will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. The increase of the fee paid by manufacturers was approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The fee increase will increase from 35 cents to 50 cents per dozen for hockey pucks, baseballs, softballs and field hockey and lacrosse balls. The fee increase will go from 35 cents to 50 cents per unit on basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and water polo balls. The NFHS Authenticating Mark is required on all the balls/pucks previously mentioned for use in interscholastic competition.
All balls/pucks in inventory with the NFHS Authenticating Mark may be used in official competition. All balls/pucks currently in schools with the NFHS Authenticating Mark can be used and all balls/pucks already produced with the NFHS Authenticating Mark may be sold.
The fee increase will be assessed on all balls/pucks manufactured after Jan. 1, 2018. The minimum and maximum sizes of the NFHS Authenticating Mark will not change.
There are 17 states and the District of Columbia where high schools play ice hockey under NFHS rules. The states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.