rulemaking advocacy

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 e-newsletter and NSGA NOW magazine. For questions about rulemaking activities contact NSGA Team Dealer Division Director Marty Maciaszek at

Currently at Issue: 

State Adopted Ball List

The use of adopted balls by state high school associations is something NSGA has closely monitored since 2017. The list keeps members better informed on changes that could affect their inventory and helps ensure the marketplace remains competitive for all retailers and team dealers. NSGA regularly updates the list.

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. Please note the 2020 Rules Meeting was cancelled because of COVID-19. Below are links to recaps of recent meetings:

Past Successes

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. 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. 

Delayed implementation of NFHS Glove Rule

In 2012, NSGA successfully lobbied the NFHS to delay a new rule change that impacted the legality of football gloves for one year, to the 2013-14 school year. This delay provided NSGA members with more time to clear out their inventory of products that were no longer legal for high school football games. In February 2012, the delayed implementation was granted, saving NSGA members millions of dollars.


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