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NFHS Launches First Rules Application for Mobile Devices

Posted: 11-04-2011 | Categories: Basketball - Boys, Basketball - Girls, Officials, Administrators

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 2, 2011) — The National Federation of
State High School Associations (NFHS), which has written and published
playing rules for high school sports throughout its 91-year history, has
released its first rules application for mobile devices.

The 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules Application (App), which is now
available in the Android Market, combines the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball
Rules Book and the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Case Book into one searchable
mobile app. The material is cross-referenced to display related content,
and is offered as a companion piece to the printed books.

Developed in partnership with ArbiterSports, the 2011-12 NFHS
Basketball Rules App is available at this time for Android devices only;
however, the iPhone/iPad version will be released soon. In addition,
apps for NFHS rules in other sports will be coming later this year and
into 2012.

“We are excited about this technological advancement in our offerings
of rules-related material,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director.
“As the national leader of playing rules for high school sports, this
is a natural progression in today’s fast-paced, online world. We
believe these rules applications will be a great supplement to our
printed publications.”

Currently, the NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for girls and
boys competition at the high school level, and annually publishes about
25 rules books, case books, officials manuals and handbooks. More than
1.3 million copies of rules-related publications are distributed
annually throughout the world.

In addition to basketball, the NFHS writes playing rules in the sports
of baseball, cross country, field hockey, football, boys gymnastics,
girls gymnastics, ice hockey, boys lacrosse, soccer, softball, spirit,
swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, water polo and

NFHS playing rules are written specifically for varsity competition
among student-athletes of high school age and are intended to maintain
the sound traditions of the sport, preserve the balance between offense
and defense, encourage sportsmanship and minimize the inherent risk of
injury for participants.

The 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules App is available for purchase through
the following link: 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules App.

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership
organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since
1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based
interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students
succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by
building awareness and support, improving the participation experience,
establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping
those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes
playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level.
Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia,
the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million
participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6
million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on
interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings;
sanctions interstate events; produces publications for high school
coaches, officials and athletic directors; sponsors professional
organizations for high school coaches, officials, spirit coaches, speech
and debate coaches and music adjudicators; and serves as a national
information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For
more information, visit the NFHS Web site at


Bruce Howard or John Gillis

National Federation of State High School Associations

PO Box 690, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206 or

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