National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), (Feb. 8, 2017) – 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 go from 35 cents to 50 cents per unit on basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and water polo balls. For baseballs, softballs, field hockey and lacrosse balls and hockey pucks, the increase will go from 35 cents to 50 cents per dozen. 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.
This is only the second increase in the 17-year history of the NFHS AMP, according to an NFHS news release. The fee was 35 cents the past eight years and was 25 cents when the program began in 2000-01.