NCHSAA announces partnership with GameChanger by Dick's Sporting Goods

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The NCHSAA announced that DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) which owns GameChanger, the leading digital scorekeeping and team management app for baseball and softball teams, has been named the preferred pitch count reporting tool for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), the governing body of high school athletics in North Carolina. The free app offers custom pitch count alerts and inning-by-inning pitch count recaps that make it easy for coaches to monitor and protect their pitchers’ health.

In 2017, NCHSAA implemented rules that establish the maximum number of pitches that can be thrown by pitchers in a game, prescribing a number of days of rest based on the number of pitches thrown. GameChanger will automatically send comprehensive daily pitch count reports to NCHSAA for seamless, statewide pitch count reporting for coaches and NCHSAA. 

“GameChanger is proud to provide NCHSAA and high school coaches in North Carolina with the tools to help keep pitchers safe to enjoy the game they love playing,” said Ted Sullivan, founder and CEO of GameChanger. “We believe the use of technology can enhance the youth sports experience while reducing the number of arm injuries players’ encounter.”

In addition to monitoring pitch counts, GameChanger provides coaches with access over 150 statistics, instant spray charts, and a full suite of team management features, including game and practice scheduling and a player attendance tracker. While the coaches are scoring the games, GameChanger generates a live GameStream so family and friends can watch the games live, even if they are unable to make it to the field. Since its launch in 2009, more than 13 million games have been scored using GameChanger.  

GameChanger also works in conjunction with MaxPreps, a website for high school athletics news, stats and recruiting, to sync game data and pitch counts instantly between both platforms.

“GameChanger is one of the most trusted and comprehensive pitch count tools available nationwide,” said Que Tucker, Commissioner of the NCHSAA. “Many of our coaches and players are already using the app, and we strongly encourage all members to use GameChanger to monitor their players’ safety.”

This partnership adds to GameChanger’s ongoing efforts to improve safety in youth baseball. This year, GameChanger was named the exclusive baseball and softball app partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and has partnered with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association to help bring the safety of youth baseball players of their states.  

Last year, GameChanger became the official pitch count reporting solutions for all high school baseball teams in Virginia and Colorado. In 2015, GameChanger partnered with MLB and USA Baseball to become the firstPitch Smartcertified tool to track player pitch counts.   

To learn more about GameChanger, please visit www.gc.com.

About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 5, 2018, the Company operated more than 720 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering a comprehensive range of services including technology solutions such as  online registration and league management services, and mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping; team gear such as uniforms and equipment, fan wear, and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

Contacts:

DICK’S Sporting Goods: press@dcsg.com, 724-273-5552

NCHSAA: james@nchsaa.org, (919) 240-7367