September 5, 2019

Participation in High School Sports Registers First Decline in 30 Years

In what has to be classified as nothing but bad news for the team sports business, participation in high school sports declined in 2018-19 for the first time in 30 years, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Read the full story.

NOCSAE: Football Helmet Controversy Not Our Fault

With much of the NFL pre-season discussion centering on who is wearing what certified or non-certified helmet – and with a lot of bad publicity swirling around it – the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) felt compelled last month to go public to detail the sometimes confusing rules related to football helmets.
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Dick’s Unveils Campaign To Get One Million Kids Playing Sports

Team dealers can view them as the big bad wolf in team sports competition, but you have to give credit to Dick’s Sporting Goods for putting its money where its mouth is with the launch last month of a national campaign aimed at providing access to sports for one million young athletes nationwide by 2024. Read the full story.

More Rules Changes: In-Season Bat Testing, Chest Protectors

After delaying a new rule mandating in-season bat testing in 2017 because of cost and availability concerns, the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee recently established protocols for in-season bat testing that will take place in Division I during the 2020 season. Read the full story.

Teamwork Flash Promises Fastest Turn-Time

Founder Sport Group has nationally launched its Teamwork Flash program that caters to the apparel needs of athletic programs at all levels.
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On My Mind

Okay, now I’m really annoyed. It’s not enough that e-Sports has commandeered the word “sport” into its sedentary activity, now it has made a big deal out of taking over an actual sport.
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August 15, 2019

ASB Acquires The Graphic Edge

Adding to its steadily growing stable of team dealers – and offering team dealers looking to sell an option beyond BSN Sports – Trivest Partners and its ASB Sports affiliate this week acquired The Graphic Edge (TGE). Read the full story.

Helmet Wars in the NFL Put Spotlight on Equipment Rules

Who would have thought NFL rules designed to make it safer to play football would end up in the headlines because two major stars would rather not be safe than switch? At least that’s the takeaway from the controversy this week...
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OrderMyGear Makes Inc. Magazine’s 5000 List for Third Time

Team dealers certainly are aware of its success, and once again Inc. magazine has joined the chorus by naming team sports tech company OrderMyGear as an honoree on its annual Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. It is the third year in a row OMG has made the prestigious list. Read the full story.

Easton Unveils Female-Specific Catcher’s Gear

Looking to up its game with female athletes, Easton Diamond Sports last week teamed with Jen Schroeder, a Team Easton ambassador as well as instructor and founder of Jen Schro Catching, to launch a catcher’s gear collection made specifically for female bodies. Read the full story.

NFHS Lacrosse Rules Changes Focus On Safety and Equipment

Shoulder pads, commotio cordis chest protectors and the crosse are the focus of new high school lacrosse rules team dealers need to be aware of for next season.
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Two-Minute Drill

SanMar Corporation, a supplier of apparel and accessories, recently unveiled a new Vision Statement – “A Canvas for Good”  coupled with a new Mission Statement...
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August 1, 2019

Breaking News
Augusta Sportswear Acquires Pacific Headwear

Continuing its oft-stated goal to become a head-to-toe supplier to team dealers, Augusta Sportswear this week acquired Pacific Headwear, a privately held company with headquarters in Oregon.
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GO! Grants Continue to Get Kids Active

Team dealers can continue to get involved in an industry-wide effort to combat the obesity pandemic in America through PHIT America’s efforts. Since September 2015, PHIT America GO! Grants have been awarded to 730 elementary school P.E. programs in 39 states that...
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Study Says There’s No Cognitive Risk From Playing High School Football

In the first piece of good news in a while concerning the safety of children and young adults playing football, a recent study from JAMA Neurology suggests that former high school football players do not face an enhanced risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE) from playing high school football. Read the full story.

NFHS and US Lacrosse Make Rules Changes for Next Season

A significant change in rules regarding sticks and eyewear for girls’ lacrosse will take effect for the 2020 high school season. The rules changes recommended by the joint National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and...
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Two-Minute Drill

As the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year it came up with a new logo that was unveiled to the membership last month at the close of the NFHS Centennial Celebration.
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On My Mind...

I am technically on vacation this week but I felt the need to check in on a few topics that have been on my mind while I work on my tan (with plenty of sunscreen, of course).
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July 17, 2019

Levine Rejoins Founder Sport Group

He’s back!!!! Former Alleson Athletic president Todd Levine is rejoining Founder Sport Group, the company that purchased Alleson in 2017, as president of the newly formed Digital Apparel Lab, formerly known as Teamwork Athletic Apparel.
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Rule Changes: Wrestling Shorts and Softball Bats

Team dealers certainly need to be aware of two subtle but important rules changes  – one at the college level and the other for high school play – for the upcoming season.
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PHIT Act Continues to Garner Bipartisan Support

Proving that it is possible to actually have a bipartisan agreement on something everyone agrees is a good idea, Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), lead sponsors of the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act...
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Selkirk Sponsoring Pickleball Tournament of Champions

Yes, pickleball is a real thing and it is happening at a health club, tennis facility or school near you. It even has a Tournament of Champions and Selkirk Sport, so far the leading pickleball equipment and accessories brand...
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Vicis Launches Ultim Soft Headgear for Flag, 7v7 Football

With flag football and its non-contact cousin, 7v7 football, growing as an alternative to full tackle football, thankfully there is still some equipment needed and innovative companies are stepping up to fill the void.
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Two-Minute Drill: Nike, BSN, USB

United Sports Brands has named Greg Houser to its senior leadership team as senior VP–design and product development overseeing the company’s full brand portfolio: Shock Doctor, McDavid, Nathan and Cutters.
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July 3, 2019

First Six Qualify for NSGA Independent Dealer Program

The team sports industry now officially has its very own certification program that is making every attempt to build up the authenticity and reputations of its team dealer members.
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SFIA Launches Fourth Start-Up Challenge

Taking a cue from the ultra-popular “Shark Tank” concept, the SFIA Start-Up Challenge returns to SFIA’s annual Industry Leaders Summit on September 25, 2019 in Baltimore, MD.
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Football Canada Bans Full-Squad Tackle Youth Football

Football Canada, the sanctioning body for American football in the country, has approved a full-squad tackle football ban for kids under 13 starting in 2022. Read the full story.

NOCSAE Issues Alert on KSONE Lacrosse Balls

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is warning lacrosse players, coaches and teams to avoid purchasing or using lacrosse balls with the “KSONE” brand. Read the full story.

On My Mind: OMG and BSN

It is really quite remarkable that two companies that arguably have most changed the face of the team sports industry sit just 18 miles apart as the crow flies in the Dallas area. Read the full story.

Two-Minute Drill…

With all the talk about launch angles and home runs in Major league baseball, one of the more novel new products we have come across lately makes a lot of sense. Read the full story.

June 20, 2019

NCAA Adds Acrobatics and Women’s Wrestling

Two hot new women’s sports – acrobatics/tumbling and women’s wrestling – have been recommended by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics to be added to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program...
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The E-sports Debate Continues Among Dealers

Are there opportunities for team dealers in the rapidly expanding world of E-sports? That was the question debated by a room full of team dealers at the recent NSGA Team Dealer Summit. Read the full story.

Big Peach Running Talks Retail Passion

Team dealers would do well to listen to some of the advice recently offered by Mike Cosentino, from Big Peach Running Company in Atlanta, if they are looking for ways to up their own games. Read the full story.

Easton Hitting College World Series Big Time

Easton Diamond Sports is making a big push at the College World Series in Omaha, NB, this month, laying claim as “the number one bat in College World Series History...”  
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Pryor Makes History As First Female NSGA Chair

Cathy Pryor, senior VP-store operations at Hibbett Sports, made history on June 1when she officially began her three-year term as NSGA Chair of the Board of Directors...
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On My Mind…(Jun 20, 2019)

You certainly have to hand it to the team sports buying groups — Sports Inc. and Nation’s Best Sports — as the glue that is holding together the independent team dealers in America...
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June 06, 2019 Premiere Issue

Riddell Wins $5 Million Helmet Patent Suit Against Schutt Sports

As if the football helmet business didn’t have enough challenges, a jury recently awarded a major win to Riddell over rival Schutt Sports for patent infringement.
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Basketball Uniform Changes

Numbers on basketball jerseys can no longer be the same color as the jerseys, effective with the 2024-25 season...
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Report from NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit

The NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, held May 21-23 in Braselton, GA, can more accurately be called the Team Dealer Summit and Management Conference... 
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On My Mind...

Having just returned from the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in the sort-of-out-of-the-way Braselton, GA...
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Two-Minute Drill…

Shock Doctor has entered into a partnership with Odell Beckham Jr. for the launch of the new Interchange Lip Guard.
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