Thursday, August 6, 2020

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Team Sports Vendors Answer The Call for BTS Efforts

As the fall sports season tentatively gets underway and schools around the country undertake their own reopening plans, team dealers are increasingly turning to their key vendors for assistance in getting the right product to the... Read the full story.

SFIA Survey Says Sports Sales Won’t Have Full Return in 2020

Due to many recent decisions for elementary and secondary schools to not meet in person in the fall of 2020, 72 percent of sporting goods and team sports companies now anticipate that... Read the full story.

Four States Add Girls’ High School Wrestling

The trend continues to spread across America as four states – Arizona, Florida, Illinois and South Dakota – are adding girls’ wrestling to their high school sports lineups. Read the full story.

Football Helmets, Commotio Cordis Subject of NOCSAE Standards Discussion

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) held its Summer Standards meeting virtually on July 27 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story.

Field Hockey Eyewear Rule Altered

In response to longstanding concerns regarding the wearing of goggles in high school field hockey, the NFHS Board of Directors recently approved a change in the eyewear rule that will take effect with the upcoming 2020 season. Read the full story.

Pop Warner Enters Into Two Partnerships

As it looks to get kids back on the football field this fall, Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation’s oldest and most prominent youth football, cheer and dance organization, has entered into two partnerships aimed at... Read the full story.

Archives - July 2, 2020

Schuylkill Valley Closing All But One Store, Maintaining Team and Online Business As It Restructures

Citing “unprecedented times” but reaffirming its “endless appreciation and gratitude for … our loyal community of customers,” Schuylkill Valley Sports CEO and president Jason Lutz announced in a letter on its website... Read the full story.

NFHS Unveils High School Support Program to Help Schools Manage COVID-19 Challenges

With the hope that there will be fall sports of some sort this school year, the NFHS Network, which provides streaming live and on-demand high school sports, has launched its... Read the full story.

Wilson Appoints Dudy As President, Unveils Baseball / Softball Promotion

Wilson Sporting Goods has appointed Joe Dudy, a 25-year veteran of the company, as president. Previously Wilson’s VP–finance, Dudy had been appointed acting leader of the brand in October 2019, upon Michael Dowse’s departure. Read the full story.

SFIA Launches Stimulus Campaign for Team Sports and Other Activities Hard Hit By COVID-19

In a move that can potentially benefit the team business, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) this week launched a campaign to promote the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R.1679/S.680) as a consumer-driven economic stimulus. Read the full story.

BSN Sports and Varsity Brands Launch ‘Impact Now’ Campaign Offering Return-To-School Resources

BSN Sports, along with its sister companies Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, this week launched a campaign it is calling “Impact Now” to help schools return to... Read the full story.

On My Mind…Will There Be Fall Sports This Year?

The $60,000 – or multi-million dollar – question for the team business this summer is, “Will there be fall sports in 2020? My answer is, yes. And you can hold me to that — although... Read the full story.