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USA Lacrosse Teaming With NFHS To Promote Lacrosse in America

Looking to continue to grow the game at the youth level in the United States, USA Lacrosse, the governing body for lacrosse in the United States, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have reaffirmed the commitment of both organizations to strengthen the...

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Rawlings and Easton Name Sales Force in Canada

As it expands and reorganizes its sales efforts in Canada, Rawlings and Easton Canada recently named Kim Sarrazin as team sales manager for all brands in the country and named a new Canadian sales force for Rawlings and Easton for Canada. The sales teams will support Miken and Worth.

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Impact of Pandemic Becomes Evident in Recent NSGA Sports Participation Report

It will come as no surprise to team dealers and their customers all the way through the sports participation chain, but the recently released NSGA 2021 Edition of its Sports Participation In The U.S. Report clearly spells out the drastic effects of COVID-19 in the 64 sports and activities tracked.

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NFHS Supports, But Has Not Yet Mandated, Use of Shot Clocks in High School Basketball

While it has not yet mandated the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has recently discussed the state association option for the use of 35-second shot clocks in basketball beginning with the 2022-23 season.

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Varsity Brands/BSN Sports Appoints Chief Information Officer

As it ramps up its technology efforts in a post-pandemic world of youth sports, Varsity Brands, the parent company of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, has named 25-year technology veteran Edwina Payne as chief information officer. In this capacity, Payne will report to...

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NSGA Presents Virtual Seminar On ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’

In lieu of being able to meet in person at the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, which was originally scheduled for this week in Naples, FL, but has been rescheduled until September 26-28, 2021 – the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) held a virtual conference...

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Hold Off on the Shot Clock Orders: NFHS Says It Has Not Mandated Use for 2021-22

With rumors swirling around about the possible use of shot clocks in high school basketball – a potential huge new market for team dealers who sell the sport – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) felt compelled to recently send out a memo that it has...

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Lineman Helmets Approved By NFL and NFLPA

With player safety and the reduction of concussions as the goal – in this case for interior lineman – in a first-of-its-kind move the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have approved a position-specific helmet design. According to an ESPN report, the helmet, known as...

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On the High School Football Front Lines: Taking a look at the mindset of today‘s football coaches.

As part of Team Insight’s special Football 2021 coverage in the May/June issue, senior writer Mike May turned to three high school head football coaches in the U.S. to get their perspective on the state of high school football in the U.S., to discover their big-picture thoughts on the sport...

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With New Administration In Place, PHIT Act Once Again Reintroduced In House

After many ups and downs in its long path towards passage – and with some impressive bipartisan support – the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) has been re-introduced in the House as H.R. 3109 by Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), along with Representatives...

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NFHS Campaign Continues to Tout Benefits of High School Football

Amidst concerns about the importance of high school football as the country reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), recently distributed a letter outlining the association’s efforts to...

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NSGA’s ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’ Takes Virtual Look at Issues Impacting Industry From COVID on May 19

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is holding “The Sporting Goods Rebound,” a virtual program that will look at some important issues impacting the sporting goods industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Under Armour Downsizes HQ Plan

Faced with financial constraints from many directions, Under Armour recently revealed plans to “reimagine” the development of its waterfront land in South Baltimore’s Port Covington as a global headquarters by 2025.

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SFIA/NFHS/NCAA Hold 2021 Rules Meetings

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NCAA held their annual rules meeting early last month (the meeting was held virtually) in a collaborative effort to coordinate rules changes in youth, high school and...

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Hockey Dealers Association Partners With American Special Hockey Association

The Hockey Dealers Association (HDA), a division of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), has entered into a partnership with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to establish opportunities for both organizations to build connections and grow the industry.

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BSN Sports and Under Armour Partner With Delmarva Aces Baseball

BSN Sports has signed an agreement with the Delmarva Aces baseball organization, with over 40 youth and high school traveling teams in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, to outfit its athletes and coaches in Under Armour gear beginning this summer, with access to custom fanwear and...

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Wilson Enters Into Partnership With CIF-SS

Wilson Sporting Goods has entered into a five-year partnership to become the Official Championship Ball in the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) sports of football, boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ soccer beginning with the 2021/22 school year.

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Dr. Fauci Points To Team Sports As a Driver of COVID-19 Spread

Just as the world of youth sports began to see the light at the end of the dugout in emerging from COVID-mandated isolation, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw a little cold water on any optimism.

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Shiny Baseball Shoes a No-No For Pitchers, Says NFHS

Sometimes style gets in the way of safety — in this case, it is the reflective spikes pitchers are using to look good, but which are potentially distracting and dangerous to batters.

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Dick’s Making Stronger Move Into Soccer, Team Sports With New Stores

As if it didn’t pose enough of a challenge to smaller, independent team dealers and specialty soccer shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods is now opening what it is calling experiential Soccer Shops in select locations this month. This comes at the same time the full-line retailer is expanding its...

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Team Sports Concepts Among 10 Finalists Selected to Compete at SFIA Start-Up Challenge

Ten finalists, including a couple that offer innovative ideas for team sports, have been selected by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) selection committee to present their start-up at the 2021 SFIA Start-Up Challenge.

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High School Spirit Rules Changes Focused On Safety of Participants

Team dealers who sell into the cheer business will want to take notice of a number of rules changes instituted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee for the 2021-22 season.

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Franklin Sports Partners With Professional Pickleball Association

In a sign of the growth of the oddly-named sport of pickleball at both the professional and youth level, Franklin Sports has partnered with the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) to unveil what will be known as the Franklin Cup, an award that will go to the top players across...

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They’re Back! Both Sports Inc. and NBS Planning In-Person Shows in June

After a year of pandemic-mandated virtual gatherings, the two major team sports buying groups plan to return to in-person shows in June in a welcome sign that the industry is returning to a sense of post-COVID normalcy. Sports Inc. will hold a physical show June 10-12...

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Baseball Strikes Out In A COVID Year

One year ago, the wonderful sounds of baseball such as the crack of the bat or the pop of a fastball into the catcher’s mitt were effectively silenced by COVID-19. Major League Baseball did not return to action until late July, youth and travel leagues had delayed starts...

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Nike Reportedly To Stop Selling To More Sporting Goods Accounts

Most team dealers not called BSN Sports will know the feeling of losing Nike as a vendor as the shoe brand continues its oft-stated strategy to rely more on its own direct-to-consumer efforts rather than the sporting goods stores and other retailers who have supported them through the years.

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Consumer Fitness Category Drives Sporting Goods Growth, Team Sports Not so Much

Despite an economic recession in 2020, the U.S. sports and fitness market, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 0.6 percent in 2020. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) released the 2021 Manufacturers’ Sales by Category Report last month, reporting major growth in...

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BSN Sports Acquires Dillard’s Sporting Goods

In its third team sports acquisition so far in 2021, BSN Sports has acquired Dillard’s Sporting Goods, based in Anderson, SC. A third-generation family-owned business, Dillard’s has served the regional Anderson community team sports business since its founding in 1946.

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BSN Sports and Nike Partner With Hawaii Pacific University

The Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Athletics Department has signed a new five-year apparel partnership with Nike and BSN Sports that begins on July 1, 2021. The agreement calls for all HPU athletic programs to be outfitted by Nike and is in conjunction with BSN Sports that begins at the same time.

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Nerf Is Partnering With NFL Flag To Grow The Game

Nerf is coming to flag football through a unique partnership between Hasbro and the NFL to become the official supplier of footballs and flag belts for NFL Flag league play in the United States. The partnership represents a return to sports for the Nerf brand, which will put...

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