NSGA Offers Annual Report On Rules Changes

As it does every year as a service to its members, NSGA recently conducted its annual check on rule changes by contacting more than 40 sports governing bodies in the United States and Canada. The information provided is for rule changes related to equipment and/or uniforms. Here are the rules changes that will be of interest to team dealers and their schools:


All infielders, including pitchers, will have to wear face guards in the SweeTees (age 6 and younger), Darlings (age 8 and younger) and Angels (age 10 and younger) divisions. Pitchers will have to wear face guards in the Ponytails (age 12 and younger), Belles (age 15 and younger) and Debs (age 19 and younger) divisions.


The player assuming the defensive pitcher position is required to wear a face guard with or without a batting helmet. This will be used in AA coach pitch (8U) district and tournament play and the Division I and II Coach Pitch World Series. Pitchers were previously required to wear a helmet with a face guard.


Effective January 1, 2020, all girls lacrosse eyewear must be SEI certified to the current ASTM F3077 standard and listed on the SEI website to be legal for play for the 2020 season, for youth and high school level play. All manufacturers must mark product produced on or after January 1, 2020 with the appropriate ASTM standard requirement and SEI mark (see below).

At the high school level, eyewear worn on the field must be SEI certified and listed on the SEI site, however it does not need the SEI mark on it for the 2020 season.

At the youth level, the eyewear worn on the field must be SEI certified and listed on the SEI site and must have the SEI mark of certification for the 2020 season.


USA Swimming has a significant change on swimwear design taking effect September 1, 2020. No Technical Suit may be worn by any 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete member in competition at any Sanctioned, Approved or Observed meet. Exceptions to the foregoing restriction are only for Junior Nationals, US Open, National Championships, and Olympic Trials.


Safety Balls will be approved for Foal (3 and 4 years old) and Shetland (5 and 6 years old) tournament play. Players who are 3 and 4 years old are still eligible for Shetland play but a league can split them off into their own age division. Players who are 3 and 4 years old will not be able to participate in Pinto as they are legally allowed to currently.


CABA is requiring players to wear NOCSAE-approved equipment. CABA plans to make the rule more specific at its annual meeting Dec. 4-8, 2019.